I loved this book. I was a little hesitant to read it because there has been a lot of buzz about it. I've read a few places that it is the new adult Harry Potter and last time I read a book based on that review, I read The Magician (which was a complete rip-off). The story is essentially about this competition between two magicians (yes, magic is real but only some people know it). Two magicians train young protegees to compete and the stakes are quite high. In a way the story is a bit of a mystery because there are things about characters that you don't learn for a long time and even the competition is a bit of a mystery. The competitors aren't told of any real rule or parameters and they aren't told how a winner is determined.I found the whole story interesting and nicely paced. An original and fun read that made me desperate to visit the night circus.