Read City of Circles Online Free - A magical love story between two circus performers, for fans of Angela Carter and Erin Morgenstern by Costa-shortlisted author Jess Richards.
CITY OF CIRCLES is an entrancing love story between Danu and Morrie, two circus performers, and Danu's Lewis Carroll-esque odyssey through the magical city of Matryoshka, that ends with a heart-warming yet bittersweet twist.
Danu is a tightrope walker who is mourning her parents, after a disease has ravaged the circus where she grew up. Her mother has entrusted her with a locket that hides a secret.
Over the years, Danu pushes away her grief and develops elaborate and successful high-wire acts with Morrie, a charismatic hunchback who wants to marry her. When the circus returns to Danu's birthplace, Matryoshka, Danu is enchanted by the temples, spice mists, and pleasure seekers within the intoxicating outer circle district.
Here, she finally gains the courage to open her mother's locket, and discovers the name of a stranger who lives behind the locked gate of the Inner Circle. Fated to remain in Matryoshka, Danu attempts to resolve this mystery . . .
Will she and Morrie ever be reunited, or will something far more unexpected be waiting for her in the mysterious heart of the city?
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May 28, 2017
When Danu Monk is fifteen she watches her parents die. They are victims of a virus which has resulted in five deaths, and affected many more, in the circus community which is her home. Even though she is taken in by her parents’ closest friends in the circus, and is surrounded by people who care...
September 23, 2017
"Death steals all the answers to unasked questions."
I have thought and thought about what I would say about this book when I was done reading it. I tried to keep notes, in my head, on paper, it didn't help. This problem is partly because the things I want to talk about the most, I can't share wit...
August 26, 2017
gorgeous story. crap ending.
July 26, 2017
Romance and literal tight-ropes you say? I'm in. As the tale waxed on, it became clear I was reading tragedy. I continued, although I ached for the thoroughly-drawn characters. From midway I found similarities to Neil Gaiman and Trudi Canavan, but Richards' voice is distinctly different from any...
September 02, 2017
'City of Circles' is an unusual and unique read. I hadn't heard a lot about it before reading the novel but I was attracted to it by the premise of the story. It features a character called Danu, who at the beginning of the book loses both of her parents. She struggles to deal with her grief with...
August 06, 2017
Wow, I really enjoyed this book. I feel like it has one of those plots that is so well weaved together with the characters and their development that it was really mind blowing to read. I mean some things were predictable but there was so much more happening at the same time that wasn't and I can...
August 10, 2017
I have to say this is brilliant … but the cover and the descriptions of it are really misleading. They’re not wrong exactly but don’t quite represent the story very well.
The cover, which I love, gives a sense of the supernatural. I asked my mum what she thought it was about based on the cover an...
August 30, 2017
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a magical love story involving two circus performers. Although some may find it magical and entertaining, I rather felt it a bit slow and cumbersome.
The story itself is based around a girl, Danu, overcoming her grief and gu...
July 01, 2017
City of Circles
By Jess Richards
A truly enchanting tale - absolutely loved it!
When Danu was just 15, she lost her mother and father to a deadly virus. She feels guilty because she survived, and she finds it hard to grieve...there are so many unanswered questions...
Danu is with a travelling circus...
September 22, 2017
Well, 100 pages in and our main character is irritating the hell out of me. Yes she's lost her parents and it's very sad but stop leading that poor guy on. Seriously, you are doing my head in.
The book is really well written but it's so earnest. She spends so much time just being all emotional an...