Series: Kingdom of Cards #1
Published by Wednesday Books on August 25, 2020
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
Where Dreams Descend is the first book in a YA fantasy duology by Janella Angeles.
With a blend of The Night Circus, Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge, this is a lush dream of a book.
Kallia performs in the House, the only home she’s ever known. She’s the star but she longs for more. When she learns of a magic competition in a nearby city, of course she’s determined to enter. Despite all of the cons – like the perilous trip to the city, leaving safety, security, and her adoring fans behind. Or the fact that women magicians are nearly unheard of. And most importantly, leaving the House means leaving Jack, its seductive magician master.
But getting to the city and throwing her hat into the ring, so to speak, is the easy part. As the only woman, Kallia’s unfairly scored by the judges and mocked by the other contestants. Her only possible ally is the reserved Demarco with the hidden, tragic past.
And then there are the accidents that start happening…
My thoughts about Where Dreams Descend
This book with its tropes of a magical competition, a mysterious city, and a circus full of intriguing badass women was absolute catnip to me and I knew I had to read it!
I’m a total sucker for lyrical writing and lush, detailed descriptions and the author did not disappoint.
I need to know more about Jack. And where things are going with him and Kallia.
So many questions though! And that ending was a crazy cliffhanger.
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Looking for other YA fantasy books with strong female main characters? Try Fable by Adrienne Young. For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food.
Or Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust. A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…