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The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

A. R. Kahler
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Book Description

Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can't quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—because forever means something quite different at the Cirque des Immortels.

Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his sarcastic assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

The show's just beginning.

Step right up...

The Immortal Circus is the first book in the Cirque des Immortels trilogy.

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This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book. Learn more about Kindle Serials

Editorial Reviews


“Talk about an imagination!…all in all it turned out wonderfully…though I’ve read other novels with a circus theme, this one certainly comes off as unique…we are just scraping the surface for what the future will bring.”

About the Author

True to his Sagittarian nature, A.R. Kahler has been on the move since he could walk. In the past three years alone, he's toured with circus troupes across America, taught trapeze in Madrid and Amsterdam, received his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and even served as an assistant to authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. He's also a weekly Vlogger with the YARebels Youtube group. The first two books in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy—Martyr and Mender—are set to be published by Spencer Hill Press starting 2014, and his short story "A Child of Wight" was recently featured in Ambush Books' October anthology, Magical Mayhem. The Immortal Circus is his first adult novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZCGIL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different May 4, 2013
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Wow! I loved this book. I am an avid reader, but an infrequent review writer. This book inspired me to write a review in hopes that other people would give it a try. I originally borrowed this book through the Kindle Owner's Lending Library. While this is far from the first book I have read this way, it is the first book that I have gone back to purchase (pre-order) the next book in the series. (I am now anxiously awaiting its release!) I also purchased this book as I look forward to reading it again. It has enough twists and turns to make it worth a re-read.
I have at times been disappointed by the highly rated books available to borrow for free. (I suppose most of us have a tendency to be more critical of things we had to pay for.) Let me assure you that this book fully deserves the ratings it is accumulating, even if it had been in the price range of a current best seller!
This book has a wonderful mix of mystery, fantasy and unusual characters. The ending hits the perfect mark of leaving you satisfied that you finished the book, but wanting the story to go on. The story line is unique and the plot fast paced. All in all a great read! Enjoy!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read to my Heart's Content Reviews March 22, 2013
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This is a fast paced, sexy as hell, romantic supernatural mystery that combines so many magical elements it creates this thrill ride that you hope will never end!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the circuses we grew up on had this type of allure to them? Magicians that capture our minds with spells, while the fey like performers capture our eyes with their graceful moves. Oh what a wonderful world indeed that would be!

Lucky for us, Mr. Kahler created a world with these very powerful beings who can transform everything around us with just a blink of the eyelid. From the very first page, we are thrust right into the dark world of the Cirques de Immortales where a performer has been murdered. Right away, we get a glimpse of the dangerous side to this profound group of circus performers.
It is told from Vivienne's standpoint, so we are kept in the dark, only learning things as she learns them. There are a few times we are privy to certain conversations between other characters that help us see a little bit more into everyone's parts that they are destined to play.
I liked Vivienne for the most part. There were times she seemed a little naive concerning the background info on the other members of the circus, but in her defense she had a lot on her plate so I guess that could be understandable.
Besides our main character, the others are an interesting lot too. Kingston is a heartthrob indeed! Every time I hear his name, I imagine this tall gorgeous man wearing a top hat (magicians have to have their top hats) and an overcoat with no shirt open. Oh goodness me!
I, personally, love our leader of the Immortal Circus, Mab of the Winter Court. She is sexy incarnate. She is dark, deceptive, and yet I feel drawn to her like a magnet.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quality, but flat book May 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Immortal Circus combines a unique premise and fast paced style to capture the reader in a story of mystery. While worth reading, it unfortunately leaves something to be desired in its character development and plot devices.

The main character's personality is stagnant, as it never develops and is trapped in a few simple emotions (infatuation, anger, and fear). She never deviates beyond those feelings or comes to a stronger understanding of her life or what kind of person she is. The plot devices also are incredibly lacking, as new elements of the plot simply happen and are accepted. Mysterious backstory elements are stated and easily accepted in the story line. There is no foreshadowing, questioning of dubious information, or explanation into why things happen the way they do.

Ultimately I encourage reading this book, but do not expect a work of literary genius.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! December 12, 2012
By Ameer
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I am a 15 year old guy that loves reading! I went into this book thinking it was a YA novel because the author is a member of the YA rebels. But when I got far enough in the first episode, I found out it wasn't. It's new adult. It's a little more mature than YA but it's awesome! I have been wanting to read a book that wasn't wwwwwaaaaaayyyyy to adult but wasn't a candy-coated YA book. Currently, only the first episode is out and it left on a cliffhanger! I am addicted to it! I highly recommend it! Hope you like it!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Mind The Ash & Glitter, That Was Just Sabina December 8, 2012
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Just finished the first installment & I like it so far. I'm not usually one for fantasy but this is very well done & descriptive. Vivienne is a normal cotton candy vendor in a very eclectic circus troupe. I'm not sure Kingston/Melody are a couple in the way Viv thinks & I hope we get back to the murder of Sabina that the story opens with very soon. I'm wondering if she had a breach of contract & can't wait to find out what's going on. I've already had enough of how good looking Kingston is & am hoping Vivienne gets to know him more in depth so the reader can. Mab's fascinating & her past with Penelope & Lilith has me captivated. I'm looking forward to the next part.

*It's a little strange to rate a serial. The work isn't finished but I still think it's worth rating/reviewing in parts. I'll update this as I finish installments.


Just finished the second installment & I'm still enthralled. It feels like something big is coming and while this leg of the journey wasn't full of thrills or answers, it felt solid. There's still no definitive answer to what took Sabina & we have another murder along the way. I have to know more about the Summer King & the conflict with Mab's court. I'm also eager to find out what is up with Vivienne. She's fainted & lost time but doesn't seem concerned about that anymore. She also seems rather relaxed about not quite recalling the terms of her contract. I'm disturbed for her. I'm worried for Mel, she's sick & no one really seems to care, except Kingston, who can't fix it. I'm quite interested in the relationship between Kingston & Mab. Seems like they're tied by magic & lots of time. Lillith remains a curious one but I give the benefit of the doubt any girl who rolls with her cat, no matter how odd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative
So unique and imaginative I loved every page. I am excited to continue the series and curious to know what is in store for the characters exactly how any series should leave you... Read more
Published 1 day ago by ashley whitham
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised Albeit Pleasantly
I'm not one for overly romantic novels & this isn't one. This novel contains a careful blending of thriller, fantasy, & romance. Titillating without explicit debauchery. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Such a quick read, just couldn't stop thinking about what was going on, what was Vivienne's story, what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kery L Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great
I loved this book couldn't put it down a lot of surprises and twist and turns .I just hope Kingstons feeling are real for Vivienne and he's not playing with her heart but it... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Annette Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I got this for free in the lending library I wish the month was over in a few hours I read this book I could not put it down! Invent swiftness the next on!
Published 5 days ago by Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good hookline and sinker.
Sorry not good with fishing anecdotes. But I will say this I am definitely reading book two. Usually these trilogy types burn out by book two, but I have hopes.
Published 8 days ago by rachelle retana
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal indeed
Very good read. Characters very mysterious to the end. Bing the right side effects and know that the right now jibberish
Published 16 days ago by Myles ODOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I got this book on a whim, and after seeing a suggestion of books from Amazon. I rather love it and look forward to reading the others in this series.
Published 16 days ago by jjmccune85
5.0 out of 5 stars The show will go on.
First let me say that this is out of my normal reading genre. That being said I couldn't put this down it was so fast paced that I didn't want to stop even for a second. Read more
Published 16 days ago by chloe
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy read
A little to much mystery for my liking but the writing moves the story quickly. Viv's constant infatuation with Kingston gets old fast when there are so many characters that could... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jay
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More About the Author

Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he's a Sagittarius.

In the past few years he's taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, drummed with Norse shamans, and received his Masters in creative writing from Glasgow University. And that's the abbreviated list.

He is the author of the tantalizing CIRQUE DES IMMORTELS trilogy, which debuted in 12/12 from 47North.
MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, will be published 10/14 by Spencer Hill Press.

When he's not writing or climbing in the rafters, he's probably outside, staring at the clouds. And seeing as he now resides in Seattle, there are clouds aplenty.

He is represented by Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary.

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Discuss Episode Three of "The Immortal Circus"
Omg! cliffhanger! when is book 4 going to be out!!?
Dec 31, 2012 by Grace Myers |  See all 48 posts
Discuss Episode Four of "The Immortal Circus"
I was waiting all day for this episode to come! I think it was the best episode yet! I love that Vivienne is becoming more kick ass as the story continues, I also like the intrigue and how we're not sure who we are to trust. Good stuff, I'm always excited for the next episode but the cliffhanger... Read More
Jan 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer |  See all 52 posts
Discuss Episode Two of "The Immortal Circus"
I read one and two together and I am intrigued by this story. I find The contract details interesting. The MC's sketchy memory is a nice plot device-keeping me reading and wondering what will happen next. I am wondering how many faerie courts are represented in this book and who else might have... Read More
Dec 21, 2012 by Read2Write10 |  See all 18 posts
Discuss Episode One of "The Immortal Circus"
I'm definitely intrigued, but I am a little confused on why a mortal is so non-challant about the fey and other immortals around her. At the same time, I've alwayds been in love with the idea of mingling the fantasy realm with "our reality of Earth".
Dec 17, 2012 by Audra Shafer |  See all 12 posts
How long is this book, exactly?
It's most likely just a formatting thing--there is nothing missing between the serial, print, and ebook versions. :)
Jun 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer |  See all 2 posts
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