The first bright thing


The Night Circus meets The Greatest Showman, as three magically gifted women try to build a circus – and home – in the ruins of World War I. The First Bright Thing is a magical debut from J. R. Dawson.

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When darkness descends, expect sparks. The First Bright Thing by J. R. Dawson is a spellbinding debut for fans of The Night Circus and The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue.

Welcome to the Circus of the Fantasticals . . .

After World War I, a select few wake up with frightening magical abilities. Rin can jump through time. Her wife, Odette, can heal the unhealable. And their friend, Mauve, sees what others can’t. Alone, afraid and exiled from regular society, the trio create a haven for Sparks – people like them – a circus housing those who are powerful and lost.

Now it’s 1926, and Rin runs the Circus of the Fantasticals. It travels across the States, spreading enchantment and joy to those who need it. Rin hopes their performances leave the world brighter than before. But new threats loom that even circus lights can’t vanquish. Another devastating war is barrelling across the world. Worse still, Rin’s past creeps closer every day, a malevolent shadow she can’t fully escape. This takes the form of a rival circus, with tents as black as midnight. Its leader has dark powers and even darker desires. For the Sparks have something he wants – and Rin knows he won’t stop until he has it.

‘This is the magic circus book that I have been looking for all my life. It’s compelling and brilliant’ – Seanan McGuire

Additional information

Weight 0.562 kg
Dimensions 24.1 × 16.1 × 3.2 cm










Hardback original


813.6 (edition:23)


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