Kingdom of Exiles
Assassin's Creed meets Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in this gripping, epic fantasy romance trilogy.
My heart wasn't part of the deal when I bargained for my life,
But assassins so rarely keep their word.
Exiled Charmer Leena Edenfrell is running out of time. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts-an offense punishable by death-and now...more
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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.
Plot: ★★★ 1/2
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
KINGDOM OF EXILES by Maxym M. Martineau has a magical, mystical romantic tale that may t ...more
Title: Kingdom of Exiles
Series: The Beast Charmer #1
Author: Maxym M. Martineau
Release date: June 25, 2019
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 ...more
Released June 25, 2019
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Pretty good read
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*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 ...more
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“No matter how hard you try, no matter how many battles you win, you will never survive me.”
MAGICAL BEASTS WITH ASSASSINS AND A CUP OF ROMANCE? I'M ALL HERE FOR IT!
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 ...more
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 ...more
Leena is a Charmer with a collection of weird and wonderful magical beasts. ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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! ...more
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?
BUT I LIKE IT:
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) ...more
First book in the Beast Charmer series
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...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
Intricate worldbuilding is another a ...more
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 ...more