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Kingdom of Exiles

(The Beast Charmer #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,766 ratings  ·  620 reviews
Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nippi
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Amy Imogene Reads
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

WOW. From my very mediocre reactions to the cover to the fact that I entered it during a reading slump, Kingdom of Exiles blew me away with its readability, world building, and overall reading enjoyment.

Writing: ★★★★
Concept: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★ 1/2
Pacing: ★★★★

It's been a long time since I've loved a new paranormal romance. I think as I've shifted to more adult mystery/thrillers and YA novels, it's hard to revert back to the often formulaic nature of the average paranormal rom
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, debut-novel
Kingdom of Exiles was a solid fantasy debut novel. After reading the blurb I was intrigued by the premise and plot. And as expected the storyline was unique, and at times gave me a Pokemon vibe which I really enjoyed.

The writing was smart, and I can see the author’s potential. Even though it felt like a debut novel at times, which it is – the plot and writing sounded more like a YA novel. The story was a bit stilted at times, and didn’t flow as it could have. Nevertheless I read it in short orde
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This is kind of like if someone took the world of Pokemon and made it into a romantic fantasy novel. Leena is a "Charmer," which means that she has the power to "tame" beasts. There are different classes of beasts in accordance with their danger and rarity, and with her powers, she has the ability to tame some of the most dangerous of all. But she's also ostracized from her people, so she's turned to the streets to offer ordinary people
You think snake charmers are impressive? Meet Leena, magical beast charmer, down on her luck and now wanted for selling her beasts on the black market. The punishment is death, but that’s only if you get caught, which she has no intention of doing until the realm’s most talented Murder-for-hire assassin is fast on her heels. How could Noc know he would fall for this beauty, even if it could cost him his life?

KINGDOM OF EXILES by Maxym M. Martineau has a magical, mystical romantic tale that may t

Title: Kingdom of Exiles
Series: The Beast Charmer #1
Author: Maxym M. Martineau
Release date: June 25, 2019
Cliffhanger: yes
Genre: fantasy, paranormal romance

When it came to us, there were just too many thorns. But damn if I didn’t want to cut them all down and see what grew.

The first half of this book was a little slow going for me. Thankfully once I felt comfortable in Maxym M. Martineau's world of beasts, charmers, and assassins, I was all in. It was loaded with action, adventure, and a romanc
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic beasts meets Assassins Creed is an excellent description for Kingdom of Exiles.

Leena is a Charmer who can charm beasts and bond with them. They can protect her. She is exiled from her people for reasons you learn as the story progresses, and she’s forced to sell her beloved beasts on the black market. This is the number one law for her people to never break, and she thwarts an assassin hired to kill her. Leena takes him hostage to find out w
Anja H.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Do you like Fantastic Beasts, Assassin’s Creed.... and Pokémon? Sounds intriguing?
This is the book you never knew you needed! It's also surprisingly very good!
The only thing I can encourage you to do is pick this up asap.

This novel just ticks all the right boxes for me:
Slow burn romance ✔️
Fantastic action ✔️
Magical creatures ✔️
Merry band of assassins ✔️
Steamy scenes ✔️
Great world-building ✔️✔️

I enjoyed the heck out of this and I can’t thank Netgalley enough for bringing this to my
Jeffe Kennedy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maxym M. Martineau’s KINGDOM OF EXILES debuts a fresh new fantasy world teeming with exotic beasts, magical secrets, and hot-blooded romance. Exiled from her homeland, and on the run from assassins, the heroine is a “charmer,” who can summon beasts to assist her—and they are fabulous and wondrous indeed! She makes a desperate bargain with the head of the assassin’s guild, a cursed man compelled to hunt her down. The climactic ending promises more epic adventures and political wrangling to come – ...more
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
**UPDATE 5/27/19** I cant get this book out of my head so... I just pre-ordered my own paperback copy and cant wait to get it in my greedy little hands!

Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Mandie
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I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First, the description of Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed... DUH! AND its adult? Sign this bitch u
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
***I received this ARC courtesy of Netgallery in exchange for an honest review***

Pretty good read

4.5 stars.

Leena is a charmer, she charms magical beasts and and each of the beasts have certain powers that can be called upon when needed. She has been living in exile due to a crime she did not commit. To make ends meet she sells some of her beasts on the black market which is a punishable offense.

She soon discovers there is a bounty on her head, a bounty carried out by a assassin's guild with a 10
Marta Cox
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half for this amazing beginning of what I think might be a trilogy. Leena is a Charmer and can tame magical wild Beasts but she was cruelly betrayed by someone she trusted and is now banished from her homeland. She makes her living however she can but someone has a plan that involves Leena and it means she's in grave danger.
Noc leads a band of assassin's and the newest assignment goes horribly wrong when their target Leena gets the jump on her supposed killer ! She's brazen and brave
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
Fairy Tail (Hiro Mashima) meets Sarah J.Maas. We follow the two protagonists in Dual pov: Leena, a beast charmer and Noc a lethal assassin. Leena is a fugitive and Noc is cursed and somehow they end up meeting because Noc is hired to kill her. The premise is fun, the magic system and world-building are interesting. However I had some issues.
Leena is supposed to be a badass that must not be underestimated; a
Ann (annreads)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Maxym and Sourcebooks Casablanca for sending me a copy!*

*Reread June 2019*

To give you an idea of how much I adored this book, I actually read it twice since I received it back in February and I’m already planning future rereads, so yeah, so say that I enjoyed it would be an understatement😂
I completely fell completely in love with the story and the characters, I think I could literally read a million books about their adventures and I
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher—Sourcebooks Casablanca—for giving me an e-ARC via NetGalley.

You can also read my review here

“No matter how hard you try, no matter how many battles you win, you will never survive me.”


I don't know where I should begin. Everything about this book was mind-blowing. I picked it up expecting some cheesy romance with average beasts show up here and there but boy I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG. When the premise
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kingdom of Exiles was a sizzling hot magical tale.

Leena is a magical beast charmer. She is extremely gifted but in exile from her people, for a crime she didn’t commit. The only way to live is to sell the beasts she charms. The problem with that, if she gets caught by her people, they’ll execute her. But someone really wants her already and it brings Noc, a top assassin for hire after her.

I loved the world building and the imaginative beasts. Magic, mayhem and sizzling chemistry, Kingdom of Exil
Kingdom of Exiles is the first book in Maxym Martineau's Beast Charmer series and I though it was a great debut novel. The hook in the blurb for this book is "Assassin's Creed meets Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them" and it was that reference to Fantastic Beasts that totally made this a must read book (I have to confess to never having played Assassin's Creed but I am a HUGE fan of anything in the Wizarding World).

Leena is a Charmer with a collection of weird and wonderful magical beasts.
Jun 17, 2019 added it
I recieved an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, this book was not for me. I did not connect with our dude Noc which soured my relationship with this book overall. I wanted a romance i could root for, but this was not it for me. That doesn't mean I don't think other people will and can enjoy this book because i really do think they can. But I felt myself disliking him, and finding him annoying and not lovable at all. Which honestly is my main gripe with this b
It's hard to resist that sell: "Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed..." *points to self* HUGE Harry Potter (world) fan. HUGE Assassin's Creed fan. I should really know better than to listen to those types of comparisons. Yes, on the surface, I get it. She's a beast charmer. He's an assassin. Makes sense. But it doesn't really feel like either one of these. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing - but expectations matter. I was talking to a friend this morning and it's clear that Sourcebooks mar ...more
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BEAST CHARMER!! That is totally a major selling point for me. I also really loved the idea that this was urban fantasy... Which upon reading I found to be totally not true. Well the best designation of genre would be fantasy romance. Yes, its totally romance set in a fantasy world. It has the feel of an urban fantasy and lots of animal action to back that up but the plot it wholly romance.

The title is pretty good. We do have a few exile
Anna (holdthepage)
Update, April 30th: I just recently finished this! Review to come! I have a shorter one on my Bookstagram for those interested (@holdthepage). 3.5 stars! Fans of Pokemon, ACOTAR, and Nevernight may like this one!


April 2019: I just got approved for this ARC and couldn't be more EXCITED! It's being blurbed as Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed and I AM HERE FOR IT!

Click here to watch the gorgeous book trailer!
Book Barbarian  (Tammy Smith)
Here is my bad book description in one sentence (this should be a hashtag I know):

Pokémon mixed kind of with sexy assassins from The Nevernight Chronicles, with a sprinkle of Sarah J. Maas sassyness. But not really as badass as that sounds.

I know. It makes no sense. I am still trying to figure it out. But do these comparisons ever work?



The reason is because I have nothing to compare it with – I have never really read anything like it before.

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer 1)
Sarah Marie
Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

First book in the Beast Charmer series

3 stars

Leena is an exiled beast charmer. She makes a living catching low-grade beasts to stay alive and has made many enemies of Charmers and humans alike. Her latest enemy has put a hit on her and this assassin is like no other. The Cruor are assassins that have been raised from the dead and can control the shadows. After Leena defeats a Cruor and nearly kills him, the leader—Noc—decides to use this hit for his advanta

Thanks to sourcebooks for sending me a copy of this book! I ADORED it!

Kingdom of Exiles was the book I’ve been looking for, for the LONGEST time! I loved playing Pokémon as a child and still love it to pieces now and this has such a great vibe that reminded me of the Pokémon world and it’s games. Have you guys ever played the rescues games on gameboy or the explorers of time/darkness/space for DS? It was like that, with a little bit of the ranger, and of course, the usual regular Pokémon games.
Morgan Boyd
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: underrated
If I finish a book in a day that usually means I loved it, and the Kingdom of Exiles is no exception. I think the best way to describe this book is as a crossover of Six of Crows and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This story follows Leena, who is a charmer in exile. When Leena and the Cruor, a group of skilled assassins, cross paths she is forced to capture them beasts in exchange for her life. The variety of POVs in this book made it very easy to become attached to all the characters. ...more
Lindsay Landgraf Hess
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an early version of this book and WHOO BOY ARE WE ALL IN FOR A TREAT. If you like heart-pounding adventure, fantastical creatures, and swoon-worthy romance, you will love and adore this book as much as I do. Absolutely cannot wait for this gorgeous story to release.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Kingdom of Exiles
Author – Maxym M. Martineau
Series – The Beast Charmer #1
Cliffhanger? - Not Sure
Publication Date – June 25, 2019
Genre – Fantasy
Rating – 4.25 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story

I did have a bit of a problem in the beginning with the story and it holding my interest. I actually put it down for a bit and read another one. It wasn’t that it was boring…it was just I couldn’t
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
"𝐿𝑒𝓉 𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓁 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓈𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔, 𝐿𝑒𝑒𝓃𝒶...
𝒩𝑜 𝓂𝒶𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝒽𝒶𝓇𝒹 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓉𝓇𝓎,
𝓃𝑜 𝓂𝒶𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝓂𝒶𝓃𝓎 𝒷𝒶𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒𝓈 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝒾𝓃,
𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝓃𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝓈𝓊𝓇𝓋𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓂𝑒."

4,5 beautiful stars to this majestic beast of a book. I don’t think there’s anything better for me than discovering a new favorite within the PNR/fantasy romance genre, so I'm really happy I can add Kingdom of Exiles to my new found favorites and that I just experienced a most wonderful reading experience. I LOVED every single second spend reading this story so insa
Jeannine Marie
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kingdom of Exiles, is the romance fantasy book and genre I never knew I needed. This book, without a doubt, leveled up my standards in reading romance books.

When the description first mentioned that Kingdom of Exiles is a combination of Assassins Creed and Fantastic Beasts, I was dubious. Is that even possible? What would that even seem like? Well, this book delivered. Not only does it contain an amazing intriguing world, with characters all lovable and to die for, the adventure and beasts that
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kingdom of Exiles was such a fun read. I enjoy fantasy romance and this book was exactly what I love about the genre. The worldbuilding in Kingdom of Exiles is unique and interesting, the characters are compelling, and the chemistry between the main couple is sizzling. Noc and Leena have a slow burn, will-they-won't-they romance with a lot of circumstances stacked against them and it makes for a captivating story. This is the type of romance I love the most.

Intricate worldbuilding is another a
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, 2019, fantasy
3.5 stars

This is the first book of a trilogy and the set up took some time for me to wrap my head around. It took almost half of the story before I really got into the swing of things and became invested in the characters. I’m glad I stuck with it because that’s when the story really picked up speed! The myriad of beasts Leena could conjure and/or charm was my favorite part of the story. From cute, cuddly, and wily to ferociously protective, I never knew what Leena had up her sleeve! As to the c
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