BOOK REVIEW: Pantomime

pantomimeRun away to the circus – magic circus of course! This is the author’s debut YA novel told from the perspectives of Micah Grey and Iphigenia “Gene” Laurus. Micah is a young beggar who begs to join the circus as a trainee aerialist in order to avoid a life on the streets and to hide from the authorities that seem to be after him.

Gene is a girl from a very influential family, whose mother wants her to grow up and stop acting like a tom boy so that she can marry her off to another influential family.  Both Micah and Gene are hiding secrets which will be forced to the surface and lead to a shocking ending.

I really enjoyed this novel and found myself completely absorbed. At times this felt much more like and adult book instead of the YA that it is, especially in the way that the author deals with the ‘secrets’ – one of which I’ll be honest I worked out very quickly, but it didn’t take anything away from the story for me.

The characters are brilliantly described and the description of the circus and it’s performers is so vivid that you can almost imagine yourself there. The story was original and the pace was such that it pulled me in and kept me fully absorbed throughout, meaning I ended up reading this in just over a day.

My only complaint is that because I read this as an eBook version I wasn’t as aware of how close I was to the end of the book, and when it came I felt a little, well, frustrating. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger obviously leading onto the next book and some readers may not mind this. But I wasn’t born with a lot of patience so stories that end suddenly drive me crazy. Abrupt ending aside I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to other readers.


R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

Rating: 4/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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