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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles, a review

Where Dreams Descend

by Janella Angeles

Teens and YA, the first novel of a new series Kingdom of Cards published by Wednesday Books on August 25th , 2020


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.

This is an amazing book with perfect commentary on a woman’s place in society.

Dealing with sexism in a normal world is hard enough but combine that with having magic (and more powerful magic than others), Kallia was put into a tiny box that she couldn’t and wouldn’t fit. Kallia, Daron, Aroros and Jack are such an amazing cast of characters to tell an overwhelming roller coaster ride of a story.

The cliffhanger ending is honestly so well written that I’m not even mad. Kallia was such a well written badass female character that surrounded herself by the same. Canary, one of the circus performers, was a stand out character and I need a short story on her pronto.

I can’t wait what she does with the second book.

Let me know what you think!

2 thoughts on “Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles, a review

  1. I’m glad that you said that the cliffhanger ending was so well written because I “hate” cliffhangers! I mean that in the best way, but they really make me wishing that I could get the sequel immediately lol. I’m excited to read this one and I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this. Great review 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! It’s honestly one of my favorite cliffhangers ever, if something that heinous can be a favorite anything. But it def adds to the whole mystery of the story as opposed to cliffhangers that are just because.


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