Trick

Foolish Kingdoms Series, Book 1
Series: Foolish Kingdoms Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.2 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There is a rule amongst his kind: A jester doesn't lie.

In the Kingdom of Spring, Poet is renowned. He's young and pretty, a lover of men and women. He performs for the court, kisses like a scoundrel, and mocks with a silver tongue. Yet allow him this: It's only the most cunning, most manipulative soul who can play the fool. For Poet guards a secret. One the Crown would shackle him for. One that he'll risk everything to protect.

Alas, it will take more than clever words to deceive Princess Briar. Convinced that he's juggling lies as well as verse, this righteous nuisance of a girl is determined to expose him. But not all falsehoods are fiendish. 

Poet's secret is delicate, binding the jester to the princess in an unlikely alliance - and kindling a breathless attraction, as alluring as it is forbidden.

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Natalia Jaster (P)2019 Tantor

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YES!!

I'm so glad I purchased this book. I can't wait to read more by Natalia Jaster. The characters are interesting, the dialoge is witty, their relationships and motivations are believable, and the world building is amazing. This is an excellent mixture of romance and fantasy with real-world situations mixed in. Overall, it's a beautifully written story. P.S. if you don't like gay themes, stay away from this one!

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Mixed Feelings but overall good

This takes place in a fantasy world where each season is represented by a kingdom, each with their own seasonally based cultures. Everything seems wonderful at first, the 4 seasons are all at peace, gender has no bearing on acceptable relationships- Winter has 2 queens- and all 4 seasons are gathered for peace talks amongst them to agree on international issues. Yet this is a caste based society and while you can marry anyone within your social group, you cant mix between social classes, and their opinions on mental health issues is dreadful. Anyone born not "normal" is owned by the state, whether to be used as slave labor, made to entertain people at fairs, used as Guinea pigs in horrifying science experiments, or just thrown in dungeons. Of course the Princess of Autumn ends up falling in love with the court Jester of Spring, a no-no on many levels. Overall the elements of a great story are all here, but I had some slight issues with execution. Let's start with the narrators. I have no issues with the female narrator, and in the end I really liked the Male narrator but, I still had some issues. I loved his delivery of the story, he really felt like a clever, capricious jester and was thoroughly entertaining. You really have to suspend disbelief, however, because in no way does he sound like the 19 year old he is meant to play. The narrator, while clearly excellent, is also clearly an older gentleman. He also wildly fluctuates the volume he speaks at, at times whispering so he can be hard to hear. For that reason, I highly recommend listening to this with earphones. I also had issues getting into the story because the Princess of Autumn starts off thoroughly unlikable. This is for reasons and she evolves a lot over the book, but it was touch and go in the beginning whether I put the book down because I disliked her so much. Additionally, there were so many obviously huge plot points that had to be dealt with that were kind of pushed towards the end of the book that I found myself frustrated. It felt like the book wasn't getting to the plot, even though there clearly was plenty going on, because the giant question of mental health was saved for the last 2-3 hours. These issues were set up early and then ignored for a while so even though there were love triangles and forbidden romances going on, I still considered putting the book down for lack of plot. I stuck it out though because the book wasn't actually committing any heinous crimes and I was rewarded in the end with a satisfying plot. I'm glad I finished the book and am somewhat interested in reading the next, but I would want the plot to get to the point faster.

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So very lovely!!!

What a gorgeous story, filled with rich scene descriptions and world building. And the authors ability to insert profanity in the midst of beautifully lush scenes is absolutely amazing to me! Parts of this story hit me on a very personal level, and were handled realistically and with great respect from the author. The M-rated scenes were lovely and full of white hot heat, intensity and alluring prose! The Narrators were excellent. The voice of Poet very much brought the character to life!

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Drawn In

Trick drew me in from the start. I was intrigued by the way the book was written and the character development throughout the story. I was so involved in the story that I ended up staying up until 5am listening to the book. I highly recommend.

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Plot interesting narrator cringy

The story was okay, but the narration was difficult to stomach. Overly dramatic, didn’t suit the characters.

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Rated m for more! And mature

This is defiantly a romance book with fantasy mixed in. It has some heavy mature scenes so if that’s not your thing you may just want to skip those parts. But overall it was a nice story! I enjoyed it

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A thrilling adventure!

Wow. I was blown away by this book. It completely undid me and slithered its way into my black heart. I will 100% be reading again and again. I adored Trick. I had never read anything by Natalia Jaster before and upon finishing this book, I was HOOKED. Her writing style is lyrical without being indulgent. It's utterly poetic and smart and cutting--just like Poet, her beloved jester. This story and its series also deals very heavily with issues of mental illness and as someone who lives with bipolar disorder, I was blown away with how sensitively, genuinely, and beautifully those issues were handled and examined. If you're looking for a romance that will make you think and feel and be inspired to be a better person upon finishing, give Trick the chance is so very much deserves! *Note about audio edition: I did not like the male narrator for Poet. Just didn't fit for me. In my head, I imagined Poet to have Greg Tremblay's voice, hahaha!*

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Really great book. Narrator was not for me.

This book had a variety of elements and literary devices that made me so happy. But more than that, the story was intriguing, heart felt, and a lot of steamy. I will say the male voice did not seem to match the character, but his performance was good.

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Amazing

Wow what a book! This author is just brilliant, I can’t wait to read more from her.

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This book is my favorite

I read the book and loved it so I got the audible. The narrator that does poet's voice unfortunately makes me cringe. The female narrator should have just did the whole book. But worth the buy!

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  • N. D. Taylor
  • 08-23-19

Mindboggingly awful narration!

I do wonder who does the casting for these books...the female character speaking with a bizarre quasi-British (or at least that’s what I think she’s attempting) accent and the male character -who is supposed to be a young man -is narrated by an elderly gentleman who speaks with a strange intonation that makes me cringe. It sounds like it’s an old man perving on a young woman. I do think underneath it all the story is quite good so I have returned the audiobook and have ordered the paper copy instead.

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