I hope you had a fun and safe Halloween this past weekend and that today you're taking your time to vote. Today, I'm reviewing Where Dreams Descend, one of my most anticipated books of 2020, which I had the pleasure to read before it came out. I was surprisingly blown away by this book, so keep reading to find out more about it.
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
I received Where Dreams Descend as an eARC through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review and I feel like I couldn't have been luckier to have been selected. I had Where Dreams Descent in my TBR since the day it was announced. Pitched as The Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge, I was hyped because Phantom is one of my favorite musicals and the fact that there was magic involved
There were so many things I loved about this book. The characters, the settings, the magic and its use in performances. Kallia, the fierce main character who kept surprising me over and over again; Jack, the guy with the mask, everyone loved him but I think he's alright; the charming assistant; Demarco, the magician with a past, he was my favorite guy in this story; the circus performers, who I really got to love; the annoying men, who Kallia taught some lessons to.
The feminism in this book felt super present. The city of Dorian felt a little backwards in its tradition of allowing no female magicians because they were bad luck (What?!), but Kallia made her way despite the obstacles presented in the competition against other magicians, and she partnered with Demarco, the real book boyfriend in this story. There wasn't enough Jack in this book for me to really get fong of him, he felt half in the shadows, but it seems like maybe we'll get to see more of him in the sequel. There was a lot of chemistry between Kallia and Jack whenever the narrator took over, but it still doesn't change the fact that Kallia did not trust him at all! With Demarco on the other hand, it felt like an enemies to lovers trope took over.
There are plenty of plot twists, vivid performances, romantic tension, and slithering tragedies that make their way into this book It had the Phantom vibes I was looking for, and much more. I LOVED it and I can't wait for the sequel, When Night Breaks, that will be out in June of 2021.
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Here is all the info for Where Dreams Descend:
Reading Challenge No.: 30/70
Author: Janella Angeles
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Length: ~ 464 pages
Series or Standalone? #FirstInSeries - Kingdom of Cards # 1
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