Le Cirque de Magie by Marsha A. Moore

Review by Cynthia Shepp

 

Enter the world of Le Cirque de Magie, The Circus of Magic, in Prohibition-era America. This book delves into Sanskrit spirits and demons. Ravi, a sun-bird deity, is the main character of the book. He does not speak good English but he manages to come across as a great man. Ravi is a performer in Le Cirque de Magie, whose winter home is in Sarasota, Florida. He is part of the trapeze act and is in love with Alice, another performer in the circus. The circus is full of supernatural creatures, such as the snake people, called Nagas, who are semi-divine beings. The manager of the circus, Jack, hires a female dwarf named Sadie at the last minute, to be a part of the show. Ravi senses that there is something wrong with the dwarf, and sets out to find out what it is and to protect his love and his troop. The dwarf causes all kinds of trouble, leaving death and destruction in her wake. Full of magic, gruesome and disturbing images, and a sweet love story, Le Cirque de Magie is sure to impress.

Le Cirque de Magie was an odd but interesting short story. Being a quick read, around twenty to thirty minutes, it is extremely full of adventure in a very short time. I did have a few issues with the book. There was not enough character development for my taste and it took me a few chapters before I realized what era the story was set in. I loved the introduction into Sanskrit spirits and demons, but there was no follow-up or follow-through. The author just put the characters out there like you already understood what they were and what they were capable of. Regardless of that, I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. It started out interesting; Ravi was a great character that you instantly connected with, the scenes were vivid, the storyline unique, and the love story sweet. I highly recommend reading this book when you would like a quick and fun read. I would give this book four stars. I applaud the creativity of the author and look forward to reading more from her.

Quotes from the book:

“You might want to tuck these in or you’ll scare more folks than the horror picture.”

“Tween you an’ me, my scales lifted up when she was around.”

 

Title: Le Cirque de Magie

Author: Marsha A. Moore

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Publication:  Marsha A. Moore (November 22, 2011)

Price: $0.99 (e-book, all formats)

Author’s website: http://www.marshaamoore.com

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