2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.
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Book Review: The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers

This was such a brilliant tale! I love when an author comes up with a wholly original construct, and Constance Sayers is an expert at that.. She blends history, family, good vs. evil, murder, the circus, and mystery together into a seamless whole here that I found absolutely magical and enthralling from the first pages. It’s hard to say much about the plot without giving things away – and this was such a thoroughly enjoyable ride that I wouldn’t risk doing that for anything.

Suffice to say that the writing is superb, with teasers and revelations and secrets and magic parceled out among the pages. Ditto the characters – they are magnificent spun-sugar constructions, full of tragic flaws and great hubris and ineffable humanity. The book was amazing and given how it ends, there is a definite crack in the door for more adventures in this fantastical universe – and I really really hope that Sayers develops that crack into future volumes, because I’d snatch them up at first option!

Thanks to NetGalley for my obligation-free review copy of this amazing story!

(And how magnificent is that cover?!)

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