Where Dreams Descend Series: Kingdom of cards #1
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on August 25, 2020
Source: Owned Hardback
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Young Adult Fiction / Performing Arts / General
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"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
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.
"[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
There were some problems too unsolvable for magic. Or maybe that’s what they wanted everyone to think, to keep them asking such questions in the first place? Well, it certainly can explain how a city with a way in suddenly has no way out”. This quote accurately pulls up a small tidbit of what happens in Where Dreams Descend. A magical city that houses magic but is impossible to find, but suddenly is when a magical competition for magicians (mostly male) is announced. A contract that must be signed can not be voided. A lovely female magician sweeps the stage but is shunned because a female can not perform magic. This tale has many twists and turns, and they are all hidden in this city. Our female magician has a past that is intertwined with a mysterious character named Jack. She forms a romantic relationship with her mentor, who also has a weird history that is teased out right at the very moments before the competition’s final performance. The ending is a show stopper and will leave you breathless trying to find the rest of the story that is not there. Open the pages of A Dreams Descend if you dare, especially if you liked The Crowns Game and Caraval series.