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.
If you haven’t heard of Foolish Kingdoms, let me give you a quick summary: this takes place in a world broken down into seasonal courts. They each have their own set of beliefs and traditions, though they all live together in harmony. In this particular world Natalia has crafted, love is not restricted to gender, nor is it looked down upon by race. However, people born with ailments and disabilities are known as “fools”, and similar to reality, they’re treated as if they are lower than everyone else. In Trick, we see the controlled princess of Autumn fall in love with the Court Jester of Whimtany. In Dare, we see the cold prince of Winter slowly have his heart thawed by a fiery Summer prisoner. In Lie, we see a timber girl learn to love and accept herself with the help of the First Knight of Autumn. And finally, in Dream, we see a dreamer who has been mistreated by the world, and a rogue so eager to leave rather than be left behind, come together to bring the series to a close. These four novels deal with social constructs, developmental disabilities, gender stereotypes…and so much more. Essentially, all of them deal with love against all odds and loving someone who couldn’t be more different from yourself.
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it time and time again: Natalia Jaster is one of the best storytellers I’ve ever come across. Words cannot describe how beautifully written all her 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 was just breathtaking. There are so many quotable quotes in this novel, and as my roommate says, there are a lot of “roll credits” lines as well. Natalia does a wonderful job with bringing these characters of her book to life, and the raw emotion they feel is written in such a detailed and evocative way. I especially love the latter part of the story, which brought together all the couples from the previous novels. The special appearances only added to the depth the series had, and really made me feel so nostalgic.
I genuinely don’t know why this series (and Natalia herself) isn’t hyped about. If you’re looking for something that will change your life and bring you way too much emotion to bear with, go pick this book, and the rest of the series up. You won’t be disappointed. This book releases in two weeks, so if you want to start the books, it’s best to do it now! Happy Reading!
Title: Dream (Foolish Kingdoms #4)
Author: Natalia Jaster
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: ARC via author
Publication Date: February 21, 2019
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