The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I rarely read the entire synopsis of the book on the back cover - this was no exception. I have to admit, I liked the cover and was intrigued by the idea of a magical circus that appeared at night. The beginning pulled me in. There are two great magicians, competitors would be a good description. One discovers he has a daughter, whom he chooses as his successor and challenges his competitor. The other magician does not have any offspring, so he visits the local orphanage to find his pupil. After years of training and without telling the children (now young adults) who their competitor is, they are sent off to win. Sounds like a great beginning right? I've actually gotten further than that, but I won't tell you what happens next. Oh - here's a hint - they join the circus.
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