The Night Circus Themes

Erin Morgenstern
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Free Will

When Marco and Celia are children, they become embroiled in a magical competition forcing them to fight until the death. The children have no choice but to join the competition at their teacher's urgings. Once they are scarred with the ring of commitment, there is no backing out of the deal. Every move that Marco and Celia make, from the moment they wake up until the moment they fall asleep, is considered a "move" in the never-ending chess game that pits illusionist against illusionist. For all of the lives, Celia and Marco believe they have no freewill. They cannot travel, study, explore, or communicate with anyone without their teacher's explicit permission. Marco's upbringing is even stricter that Celia's in that his interactions with the outside world are completely restricted: he lives his entire childhood in isolation so the modern world cannot influence him. After Celia and Marco...

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