A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fantasy meant to entertain rather than educate.
Perseverance, communication, and trust are important themes. People may try to tear you down, but you shouldn't let that stop you from pursuing your dreams.
Positive Role Models
Kallia is confident, ambitious, independent, never takes no for an answer. There are a handful of characters who support her dreams and want her to succeed.
Violence & Scariness
Kallia has recurring nightmares and visions of someone trying to capture her, often feels watched or haunted by Jack. Characters fight, punch people. Several male magicians make comments about how there's no place for a female magician in the competition. One of the acts goes wrong, and when the mirror shatters, Kallia is cut by shards. Throughout the book, magicians mysteriously disappear, fall ill, have their eyes removed from their heads.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters flirt and kiss.
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Characters use variations of "s--t," "damn," "ass," "hell," "bastard," "idiot," and "bloody."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters get drunk. Mentions of whiskey, champagne, gin, and wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Where Dreams Descend is the first book in Janella Angeles' dramatic Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology about Kallia, a powerful magician who happens to be the only female participating in a dangerous competition. Kallia often has recurring nightmares of someone trying to capture her and often feels like she's being watched or haunted by Jack, her former teacher. Characters fight and punch people. Several male magicians make comments about how there's no place for a female magician in the competition. One of the magical acts goes awry, and Kallia is cut by the shards when the mirror shatters. Throughout the book, magicians mysteriously disappear, fall ill, and, in one instance, have their eyes removed. Characters flirt and kiss. Strong language includes variations of "s--t," "damn," "ass," "hell," "bastard," "idiot," and "bloody." Some characters get drunk, and there are mentions of whiskey, champagne, gin, and wine.
Is It Any Good?
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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