This is one of my favorite books of all time. The magical system in this book is so unique and refreshing from the typical magical fantasy novel. The story is about two accomplished magicians who compete by training their apprentices to compete with each other. The one whose apprentice wins becomes the best magician of all time. As the apprentices initially train together they get to know each other. When they are ready to compete the situation chosen for them to compete in is a circus around the turn of the century.
There are other amazing performers in the circus. The characters are believable & unique, which creates different relationships and intrigue. The POV changes in the novel so you get to know many characters. The plot twists and turns as it becomes a competition between the cooperating apprentices and the competition set up by their sponsers.
The uniqueness of the novel threw me a tiny bit in the beginning since I expected the same old things. I quickly got drawn into the story and couldn't put it down. I am glad she is coming out with another novel. I can't wait to see what she will create next. I'd give this a million stars if I could.