This book has become some the darling of my work place. We are all passing it back and forth. I'm going to start off saying the cover. It's amazing so beautiful. Lets mix a beautiful cover and a magic traveling circus. Winner right? I'm an unabashed lover of magic I'd be the 1st one in line with my red scarf. That being said I wanted to like it more. I've read other reviews and I have to agree that parts feel like the author is keeping things from us. Usually books dealing with magic are series or large tombs because we need to know the background and laws of the magic use. Over all I liked the book and would read another of her works.