I was captivated by the first page of this novel, and found myself enthralled by the prose. I felt as if I were experiencing the circus with the rest of the patrons and was sorry when dawn came and the circus closed. So many elements of this tale were incredible, which made it all the more disappointing to find the character development of the two main characters, Celia and Marco, so thin. I found I truly didn’t care about them or their “competition”. Fortunately, I walk away from this book recalling the rich details of the circus and the supporting characters—such as Poppet, Widget and Bailey—that I feel the book was well worth the read and one I am likely to revisit again.