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Where Dreams Descend: Kingdom of Cards, Book 1

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dramatic tale of female magician in dangerous competition.

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This dramatic but slow-paced start to Janella Angeles' mysterious fantasy duology tackles sexism and highlights the importance of perseverance. Kallia is passionate, ambitious, and independent. She rises above the criticism from her fellow competitors and judges and refuses to let them win no matter how many times they try to set her up for failure. Angeles vividly describes Glorian and the Conquering Circus, but there are few details about the rest of this world or how magic operates in it. Readers will be left wondering why Glorian is a cursed city, and there's no explanation regarding the unseen force harming the magicians. While the ending is shocking, Where Dreams Descend predictably ends with a cliffhanger to set the scene for the sequel, which will hopefully answer all the questions to this mystery.

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