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 was such a dazzling debut with an air of mystery and suspense and a dash of romance. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I’d easily say that for me it’s Ace of Shades meets An Unkindness of Magicians. It’s a magic competition with a sinister backdrop and everyone is forced into a deadly game of sorts. I absolutely adored Kallia right from the start! She’s sharp, witty, independent, and simply wants the freedom to live her own life. Ambition plays a huge role throughout this story and it can be both rewarding and punishing. Jack was an interesting player because he’s hardly a clear-cut character, which just made me want to know more, especially about his ties to Kallia. Demarco is a pretty complicated guy overall. There are so many layers to his character and one second I thought I had him pinned down only for him to reveal something else. I also really enjoyed all of the secondary characters as well that Kallia befriends when she gets to the city. There were so many theories swimming around in my head the entire time, but I guess I’ll have to wait for the sequel to get my answers!
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.
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“Janella Angeles steals the 2020 show with her fiercely imagined debut starring larger than life characters, a dangerous world alive with magic, and a dizzying dose of grab-a-fainting-couch-and-swoon-away romance!” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves
“Where Dreams Descend is a glamorous dark gem of a tale, sparkling with romance, magic, and intrigue. Readers will be captivated by prima donna Kallia as the mystery is slowly unmasked. Bravissima!” – Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
“Lavish and opulent in a way that feels warmly familiar yet demands your attention. There are secrets upon secrets, a girl who’s boldly ambitious, and truly riveting stage magic. I didn’t want the show to stop.” – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints
“Vibrant imagery, jaw-dropping set pieces, sizzling romantic tension, and unstoppable heroine Kallia bring this ambitious debut novel to spectacular life. Fans of Caraval and The Night Circus will be delighted!” – Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn
“[A] spellbinding melody of a book, and the true magic is how Angeles puts all the best parts of an enrapturing theatrical performance onto paper and ink. From the gripping twists in the first pages all the way to the final, heartbreaking crescendo, Where Dreams Descend will surge you to your feet in a standing ovation.” – Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy