I just loved this book, it was delightful. It had me enraptured right from the beginning. Even when things aren't happening, connections are being weaved, everything is interconnected. Even though many of the characters could perform feats of wondrous magic, many of them longed for the magic of the connections that are forged in everyday life. This was echoed in the sentiment that maintaining the connections required to keep the circus and its magic in existence was tiring and difficult to maintain over the long term. I think it is also echoed in the person ultimately chosen to run the circus. A beautiful sumptuous book.