Where Dreams Descend: Review


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.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Filled with magic and suspense, mysterious intrigue, spectaculore (see what I did there) productions and chilling visuals, Where Dreams Descend is perfect for fans who wanted more of the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera and couldn’t get enough of the dazzling performances of Moulin Rouge.

What stood out to me the most in Where Dreams Descend, is the author’s writing. I find it very hard to believe this is a debut novel. The author’s visual descriptions were so profound and exemplary that I find the vivid mental images of many of the scenes still playing in my head long after I’ve finished the novel. Although I still have many questions about the world and magic system, I found the author did an amazing job of explaining and visualizing for the reader in a way that added more intrigue and had me wholly immersed awaiting what would happen. This is a world unlike any other I’ve seen in YA and one I am more than excited to continue exploring.

I adored our main female lead who faced not only obstacles dark, ominous, and unknown, but also the very known sentiment of building a name for herself in a world that solely favors male magicians. I loved her will to not back down and in fact stand out all the more. I also really loved the slow burn romance and found it to be sweet and wholesome. But most of all I really loved the side characters. They were all so unique and interesting and I hope to see a lot more of them in the sequel which I will be eagerly awaiting.

The novel also ended in a major cliffhanger that still has me reeling so I will definitely be waiting with frayed nerves!

I highly recommend Where Dreams Descend to fans of Caraval, The Crown’s Game, and even for fans of The Raven Cycle. I think fans who enjoyed the element of foreshadowing gloom and suspenseful mystery in TRC will really love this one!

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