I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
❥ The plot
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.
❥ My review
Where Dreams Descend have been on my most anticipated book releases of 2020 list for months and months. I mean, how can you sell me a book saying it’s a mix between Moulin Rouge! and The Phantom of the Opera and not expect me to be excited? So when Wednesday Books kindly sent me an ARC of it and asked me to be part of the blog tour, I knew I had to say yes, and let me tell you I do not regret it.
I gave this book a rating of 3.75/5 stars, which is a high rating for me. It means I had an amazing time reading it and would definitely recommend it to others. What I mostly loved is that it didn’t lie, it does feel like a mix between Moulin Rouge! and The Phantom of the Opera, but it still is its own piece of art and is different in many ways.
I completely adored the setting of this novel. It was engrossing and atmospheric. I couldn’t put it down, even though I sometimes had to, because, you know, life. Reading it felt like being transported to this magical world and I honestly didn’t want to go back. If you’re looking for a book to lose yourself into, I’d highly recommend this one.
I also adored the characters, as they were all unique and strong. I must say some meetings between them sometimes felt weird as I was reading it, like it was too quick, but I didn’t mind that much and enjoyed seeing them all together. They are all very different, as you have the awful and dark master of the house, the brave and powerful magician and an old but unforgettable magic legend. I got attached to all of them, enough for me to want to read the sequel.
It sure didn’t become my new favourite book, otherwise I would have rated 5 stars, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the book. I thought it was a strong debut and it sure was a book for me as it reminded me of many of my favourites (in a super good way). It also tackles talks about sexism and I thought it was well done, and needed.
Overall I would recommend this book to any YA fantasy lovers looking for a way to escape reality.
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❥ Where to buy it
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