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(Foolish Kingdoms #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Lyrik is a rogue with skills.

In the Kingdom of Winter, he’s a swaggering potioneer who hunts for wisdom—a brew that will shake the world.
It’s the only secret he craves.
Except for the one boy he can’t have.

Nicu is a dreamer with hopes.

He’s an impish Royal who hunts for wishes—a legendary star that grants yearnings.
It’s the only mystery he desires.
Except for the one boy
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published February 21st 2019
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Candace Robinson
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This conclusion to the series, is one I have literally dreamed of! Get it, DREAM? To have Nicu's story was like a freaking gift answered!

The thing about Nicu is he doesn't fit into a certain category that would be considered "normal." What Nicu is, though, is one of the most specialist characters I've ever encountered, and I feel like this story isn't only one about love, but it can relate for people in the real world.

Now, let's talk about major swoon! My man, my rogue—Lyrik! Absolutely loved
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Words fail me. I just love my boys so much.
julia ♥
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
full review on my blog: here

"I want you because you're kind, generous, and playful.
I want you because when it snows, you say the stars are falling.
Because you choose joy over bitterness.
I want you because you choose to believe in things you can't see.
Because you choose to dream."

Hello guys, it's me, Julia, and I'm back with another review. This is a special one, because this is the conclusion of one of my favorite fantasy series, and also one of the most underrated gems when it comes to
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I'd like to acknowledge the genuine love I have for this series. Foolish Kingdoms began as one single novel in Trick, and we got to watch, over the years, as Natalia Jaster blew this world wide open, with science and magic and romance and angst and the constant slow burn and such beautiful atmosphere and writing.

I've been saying for years that reading Jaster's books is like finding my happy place, over and over. In Dream, the fourth and final novel, we get to see our precious Nicu come
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Trick, a Dare, a Lie, and now a Dream. The Foolish Kingdoms series has been a delightful journey, and Dream ends it on a wonderful note.

When I started the Foolish Kingdoms series, I was a wee bit tentative. It was fun, yes, but I wasn’t completely obsessed in the way other people were. However, I was eager for more. With each new book, however, I was sucked deeper into the universe. By the time we reached Dream, I was desperate to see how everything came together.

With Dream, we get Nicu’s
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sing me a song, songbird.

A beautiful conclusion to a truly magical series. We’ve finally come full circle with Nicu’s story and what a tale it was, I simply adore this character. I loved his POV and his poetic way of describing his surroundings that made him even more endearing to me.

Lyrik and Nicu romance did not disappoint, it was beautiful. Nicu had really grown since their last meeting in Autumn, he wasn’t taking any bullshit from him this time. So it was enjoyable to see Lyrik follow Nicu
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I am an emotional mess.
My review will be up shortly but suffice it to say, I loved this book!!

It destroyed me (in the best possible way).


Full review:

Dream, the final installment in the Foolish Kingdoms series, is definitely one of the best books I have read so far this year (tied with Holly Black’s The Wicked King). Yet, conversely it is also the hardest book in the series to review. I have sat on this review for weeks now. I know how the book made me feel but it was so hard trying to put pen to paper (or, ya
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, e-book
Words later.
Still too overcome with joy to process...
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book through the author in exchange for an honest review!

For full transparency, I am writing this review while tears continue streaming down my face, so if the entirety of this review feels like a jumbled amount of thoughts in one place, that is fair criticism. That being said, there is nothing that could fully encapsulate this series and this last book except saying it was a remarkable story from the beginning to the end, and a perfect ending to the Foolish Kingdoms
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 2019, lgbtq
"I cannot think of a more meaningful, nor more powerful, tale to conclude this series than coming full circle with Poet’s son. This is what my jester and princess have always fought for: their child’s freedom. For Nicu’s right to grow up, to love and be loved in return."

Assuming the whole book and the ending of "Dream" failed to make me cry, this afterword from Natalia surely did its job. Still, that assumption would be inaccurate as I've been a sobbing mess throughout the several last chapters
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Natalia's writing style whilst reading Trick and with each book I fell a little bit more in love. She has an incredible talent for creating unique and vibrant voices for her characters. Each of the eight main characters in this series have such incredible depth, and we get to fall in love with all of them, despite all of their flaws, or maybe, because of their flaws. The books really focus on character development and each of our protagonists grows over the course of their ...more
Parvati Patil
The story is just the usual retelling, but the writing is really good. This is the first series I've read by Jaster but it won't be my last. Love it.
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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The foolish kingdoms is one of my favorite NA fantasy series. It’s a unique fantasy romance series which deals with friendship, love, family, and mental disabilities. Dream is the final installment in this series. It’s a love story between a Songbird and a Potioneer. I have been waiting for Niku and Lyrik’s story since I have finished Lie. I enjoyed all the books in this series but my favorite will always be trick. This book can be read as a
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Full review can be found on my blog here.

This was the perfect way to close off such a beautiful series. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but Natalia Jaster once again defied all expectations. Dream brought Foolish Kingdoms to a full circle with Nicu and Lyrik’s story, and it was magical.

Words cannot describe how beautifully written Natalia Jaster's works are, but this one definitely takes the lead. Nicu sees the world in such a vivid way, and being able to read from his POV
Bailey Peyton
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle | michelledevoursbooks
In a land of the four seasons, those born with ailments and disabilities, known as "fools," fight for rights and equality. Natalia Jaster's TRICK (book 1) introduced Briar and Poet, and Poet's son Nicu. Having both physical and mental attributes of "fools," Nicu always had the cards stacked against him. In LIE (book 3), Nicu ventures with the knight Aire and the wooden girl Aspen to the tree colony of Autumn. There he meets Lyrik, there he falls for him, and there Lyrik leaves him. DREAM ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019

full review to come...
4.5 stars

Okay, so without spoiling anything from prior books -- this one is my second favorite in the series and I adore this couple. It also has a fantastic ending which I felt gave the series a feeling of closure. It made me happy, nostalgic, and gave me a yearn for more even while agreeing that there was nothing more I could ask for. It features all the main characters and brings the issue of Fools to a good close.

NOW, here there might be some minor spoilers for book 1 and 3, because I'll be
Ashlee Bree
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, lgbt
What a beautiful ending to a truly enchanting series!

There's something so perfectly lyrical (pun intended!) about wrapping up this narrative about compassion, understanding, and equality for all "fools" with Nicu's story, and showing how he's able to not only find his own voice but forge his own life to fill it with love, with all the "happy orange" his heart will allow. Given his impairments, his perceptions of the world are as vivaciously topsy-turvy as they are mellifluous and bewitching.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me happy orange.

I know that shouldn't count as a review, but there it is. I feel like this book was a fitting conclusion to the series as a whole, a complete circle. I loved that we got to see nations change over time, but our focus was on Nicu managing to have the love story he would have been denied if the previous books hadn't happened. It was a magical ending to a really well done series.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Sing me a song, Songbird.”

“He sang a carol about love, about many loves, about four loves. He sang about a foolish story, a dangerous story, a dishonest story, and a wishful story. He sang about a trick, and a dare, and a lie, and a dream.”

What an ending, what a journey, and what a dream this entire series has been. It all started with Nicu, so how perfect wasn’t it that’s how it ended as well? A beautiful ribbon to wrap up this tricking, daring, deceitful and dreamful tale. From the place it
Jennifer Green
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great installment in the series. I won’t say (I refuse in fact) that it’s the final book, because I really hope that we get some future stories, even with the ending we have. Only Trick topped it, and I suspect that’s because I went into Trick with no expectations and was surprised (pleasantly) with a great story and a great world.

With Dream, I had already met the characters and knew their world, so there were fewer surprises. That
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a lovely and beautiful conclusion to the Foolish Kingdoms series. Dream is about Nicu and Lyrik's story, a couple that I've been interested since they appeared and clashed together in Lie.

This is the story of how a boy of lost carols and the boy of potions, Nicu and Lyrik respectively, find themselves in a whirlwind romance full of angst, lots of banter, tension and precious sweet moments. The push and pull of their strenuous relationship alongside the premise of Wisdom's Eve, a holiday
Melody Thio
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, just wow. I can't believe we've come this far. After the first three books, Dream really was the perfect way to conclude the entire series. As Natalia had said herself, the story of the Foolish Kingdom started off with Poet, and there is no better way to end the series than with Nicu, Poet's son.

The story focuses on Nicu and Lyrik's relationship (finally!), which we've read about in Lie. Now they're finally the main
Maddy Estherby
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a fantastic, heart-wrenching and beautiful conclusion to the Foolish Kingdoms series and I could not get enough of it. The story of Lyric and Nicu is a sweet, intense romance. I devoured this story and know you will too.

Where do I even begin to start with this book? Dream is the fourth and final book of the Foolish Kingdoms series and follows the story of Lyrik and Nicu who are characters who featured prominently in the
Roan Vaughan
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Minor spoilers ahead!

Foolish Kingdoms is one of my all-time favorite book series. It’s a collection of tales that will make you believe in magic, will make you cry, will make you laugh, will make you swoon.

Briar (first appearing in “Trick”) is one of the few female characters out there I feel like I can relate to. Aside from being a fellow redhead, she is strong and quiet and brave and gentle all at once. And her lover, the Court Jester himself, Poet, has to be one of my favorite characters of
I feel like I have so many emotions after finishing this book, and I’m having trouble where to start. But, I’ll start with Nicu and Lyrik. I thought they had a great story, and a lot had to do with Nicu. What a sweetheart. Seeing the world through his eyes felt magical. I loved his growth and the confidence that developed within himself as the story progressed. He sparked so many events in the Foolish Kingdoms series, so it was lovely to see it come full circle to his HEA with Lyrik. Lyrik’s ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An easy 5 stars for a well-deserving series.

I finally did it. In a manner of 3 days, I binge read the entire foolish kingdoms series. And man do I have absolutely no regrets.

I laughed and cried with this series. I raged and ranted. But most of all, I loved. I loved the characters and their developments as they evolved and changed—became utterly perfect for all their imperfections.

When I first stumbled across this series, it was the second book: Dare. I had no doubts it was fantasy because of
Natalia Jaster did it once more.

She both broke my heart and revived me all in one book. Hell, one chapter.

Dream was a dream to read. Nicu has grown up so much since we first saw him in Trick and even more since Lie. Lyrik, well he’s always been a little bit of an asshole but an entirely lovable one and that totally comes through in this book. Lyrik sees very real upward change, though. He lets people, not just Nicu, in.

And Nicu really becomes his own person. There were already rumors of this in
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Natalia Jaster is the fantasy romance author of the Foolish Kingdoms & Selfish Myths series.

She loves to dream up settings that are realistic yet magical. She loves when raw angst collides with lyrical beauty, and when sweetness escalates to hotness. And she definitely loves treading the line between YA and NA.

She's also a total fool for first-kiss scenes, fanfiction, libraries, and starry

Other books in the series

Foolish Kingdoms (4 books)
  • Trick (Foolish Kingdoms, #1)
  • Dare (Foolish Kingdoms, #2)
  • Lie (Foolish Kingdoms, #3)
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