Saturday, 16 May 2020

Book Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (Fantasy)

Title: Where Dreams Descend
Author: Janella Angeles
Publisher:
Wednesday Books
Publication Date: 25 August 2020
Pages:
386
Format:
eBook - EPUB
Genre:
Fantasy
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 


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 was an interesting and mostly entertaining read. I enjoyed the premise and the story moved along at a good pace. I did wish once or twice that some of the supporting characters had a little more depth, especially Kallia's fellow competitors. We don't really get to know much more about them than their names, which makes it hard to get involved with the excitement of the competition. The fact we are told Kallia will easily win also takes away from the suspense. The rest of the world building was okay. I did have many remaining questions when I turned the last page, but there will be a second book to conclude the story, so hopefully they will be answered then. I hope the second book will round out Jack's character a little more too. All up, this was an enjoyable read. It wasn't perfect, but it held my interest and I would like to see how things conclude in book two.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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