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.
“Never come to Hellfire House without wearing a mask.
It was one of the rare rules in a joint without any. The only rule the master of the club did not mind following. He blended in with the sea of suits and white masks that arrived every other night, switching appearances from crowd to crowd. A bartender one moment, a dealer at the card tables the next.
Only his face remained the same, half-masked and haunting. Like a prince who relished the bloody crown on his head, and the ghosts that came with it. A face almost hardened by beauty, though glints of youth ran deep beneath soft black eyes. It always shocked new guests, to see him. The master of the House was rumored to be a dragon of a man. A monster. A magician who had no mercy for fools.
Only those who dared slur the word boy in his face understood how true those rumors were.
To the rest, he played the devil on all shoulders, leading patrons to his bar and game tables, guiding them toward his enchanted smoke lounge to drown in curated memories. The warmth of first love, the heady rush of triumph, the immense joy of dreams come true. The master kept a selection of sensations, and one hit of the pipes delivered magic the people came crawling to his house to taste.
They had no idea the show that was in store for them.”
-Janella Angeles, Where Dreams Descend
Hello, everyone! This is my stop on the Where Dreams Descend blog tour! The book has been published and is now available for purchase! Thank you to Wednesday Books for including me in this blog tour and providing an ARC edition of the book free of charge. I also own the lovely OwlCrate edition, which I received as an OwlCrate rep (OwlCrate discount code: SPINES). I am about half-way through reading the book, and I’m here to give my first impressions of this debut!
When I first heard that this book was being pitched as Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge, I was eager to request it! Some elements of the story also remind me a bit of the Caraval series, so if you’re a fan of Caraval, you may enjoy this novel.
As you can probably tell from the excerpt above, the writing style of this book is wonderfully atmospheric! It immediately grabbed my attention with the Phantom of the Opera vibes. I always find it intriguing when magic claims power to influence memories and what people believe to be reality.
There seems to be several potential love-interests for Kallia. Each man is a bit different, but I am enjoying the banter between them and Kallia so far. Her connection with the Master of Hellfire House is quite steamy and mysterious. I’m hoping that more will be revealed soon about his motivations for making certain choices.
It does take a little while for the plot to get moving, but there are enough intriguing elements to keep me entertained thus far. Mysterious and unexplainable events begin to occur soon after Kallia, the main character, arrives at the magician competition, and I can’t wait to find out how the story will conclude! Now off I go to continue my reading 🙂
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.
Book Purchase Link: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/where-dreams-descend/
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