"Where Dreams Descend" by Janella Angeles
I had a lot of high hopes for this one. I got all of the moody, dark, and mysterious vibes that I was looking for, but unfortunately, I was more focused on how boring the plot was. I thought there was too much downtime and not enough action. The characters were magical, mysterious, and sexy. I loved their dynamic and banter. I also loved the setting. The competition theme is one of my favorite tropes in YA fantasy, but I thought this one lacked the intensity and desire to win. Lastly, I don't remember and explanation of how the magic works, but I thought it was charming and traditional to magicians. I'd recommend this one to fans of the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber!
Thank you NetGalley for a copy in exchange for a review!
"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."