Time for another Trope Tuesday Book Review for the Trope Tuesday Link-Up. This week’s trope is Dangerous Games, and I will be reviewing Where Dreams Descend
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The Dangerous Games trope isn’t super popular, but it is a great trope when used well. The premise of this trope is that there is some competition, that often turns deadly. Think Hunger Games orMaze Runner.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
Kingdom of Cards book 1
Young Adult Fantasy
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 hideGoodreads
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I have to be honest Where Dreams Descend took me a very long time to read. I usually finish multiple books in a week, each book taking me days to finish. Where Dreams Descend took weeks. Part of that is on me, I probably wasn’t in the right mood for this sort of book.
The whole book felt like a prologue to me. Which, I suppose, makes sense being the first book in the series. But I could tell that the story was leading to much more than just this magic competition and I really wish it had gotten there sooner. I really enjoyed the ending and I will certainly read the next book in this series because I enjoyed the ending so much. But The first three-quarters of the book seemed long and drawn out.
I liked the characters in this book, but I didn’t really love any of them. I think because in my opinion not that much really happened I got bored with them. Especially with a book marketed at Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera.
As I mentioned I will continue with this series, and my advice is to stick with this book because it does get a lot better.