Hey guys! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Janella Angeles’s novel, Where Dreams Descend! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to be a part of this tour. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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.
Where Dreams Descend is a novel that hooked me from the moment I read the synopsis. Magicians? A Circus? A dangerous threat? Oh HELL yes!
Very reminiscent of Caraval and The Night Circus, Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles is a book that transports you into a daring world of magicians and danger. The tone is dark and angsty, the reader is automatically thrust into a world with people they know they cannot trust, and the characters are to die for. The main heroine, Kallia, starts off as the star of the show in a mysterious club after being orphaned at a young age, but after discovering that the club’s owner, Jack, has been feeding her lies and manipulating her mind, she runs off to compete in a magical competition. However, after fleeing the club she discovers this competition wants nothing to do with a female magician. Kallia is an absolute spitfire, and a joy of a main character. Her chemistry with Jack and judge Daron Demarco is undeniable, and made it so hard for me to pick one to root for. Jack is nothing if not seductive, and while he has his flaws they make him all the more interesting in my eyes. Demarco is a damaged magician on a mission who I grew to adore the more I found out about his past. Each of these main characters were such a delight to read, and I cannot wait to see where the next chapter in this story takes them.
The writing was absolutely gripping, and the last few chapters left me with a serious case of whiplash. I am dying to get my hands on a copy of the next book in the series because I absolutely need to know what happens with these characters. There is just so much I want to say about this book, but I do not want to ruin it for anyone who is looking forward to picking it up once it hits the shelves.
Overall, I give Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles four and a half out of five stars for being a enthralling first installment in what is sure to be one of my new favorite duologies. I highly recommends this book to fantasy lovers everywhere, but especially to fans of Caraval, The Night Circus, and Phantom of the Opera.
About the Author:
JANELLA ANGELES is a Filipino-American author who got her start in writing through consuming glorious amounts of
fanfiction at a young age—which eventually led to penning a few of her own, and later on, creating original stories from
her imagination. A lifelong lover of books, she’s lucky enough to be working in the business of publishing them on top of
writing them. She currently resides in Massachusetts, where she’s most likely to be found listening to musicals on repeat and daydreaming too much for her own good. Where Dreams Descend is her first book.