Genres: magic, lgbt, fantasy,
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: 05/02/2013
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R.H. Ragona’s Circus of
Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue
Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders
beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems
possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic
and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place
where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of
a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers
climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the
streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes
the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of
their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the
mysteries of Ellada.
is a fantasy story about a circus, a girl and a boy - who's the same
person. I really loved this book simply because it was so unique, I've
never read a story about an intersex person before and the subject was
handled relaly well, I felt. The world Laura Lam created was
extensive, and I felt that we'd barely scraped the surface of that
world, which is not something I'd experienced before.
Micah, Gene or Iphigenia, is one
of the most complicated characters I've ever met and the most
interesting. Through flashbacks I got to know a girl who's used to be
prodded and poked by doctors and forced into hideous dresses and
anything she does that may be considered masculine is frowned upon. In
the present I got to know a boy, who's just getting to know himself and
what he can do at the circus, as well as falling in love for the first
time and dealing with the struggles of hiding any parts that may be
considered feminine. I often found myself wishing that Gene could just
be Gene, instead of having to hide parts of themselves.
I love circus stories, and
although Gene is the main focus of the story, the circus and it's many
performers are also incredibly well written and fascinating. I didn't
feel like any of the characters were just background and I wanted to get
to know each one, which would have probably taken far too many books.
From the desperate, greedy Ragona to Drystan, who's hiding his own
secrets, the characters are what really makes the whole story so good.
I did find some parts of this
book slow but I really enjoyed reading it and I can't wait to start the
sequel. The ending was so shocking, I wasn't expecting it at all.
There's so much more to this world that I want to discover!