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 ther...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
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
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 who was trying to kill her, and she makes a t ...more
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First, the description of Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed... DUH! AND its adult? Sign this bitch up! That is a recipe for eye porn!
So, with all the good reviews I wanted to give this a fair shake and I was very critical of everything but also super hopeful this was going to be good. I ended up really liking this book but it wasn't a smooth journey for me. What I mean by that is that it started off great, then got slow and then there were a lot o ...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 g ...more
I'm glad NetGalley gave me a copy of this book to review - I really enjoyed it.
Leena is a renegade beast charmer, and when she discovers she has a contract out on her, she makes a pact with the assassin's guild. Both the group of assassins and Leena herself are interesting, and I liked seeing them interact. The thing I liked best about Leena is how she cared for her beasts. And I REALLY liked the variety of unique beasts we saw in this book - that was probably my favorite part of the s ...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
Exiled Charmer Leena has a bounty on her head. To get rid of it she makes a deal with the assassins who have their own agenda.
For having such a complex world with so many creatures the story was exceptional believable, rounded, and easy to follow, not a dull moment.
Only two things that I, personally, found a bit annoying: the relationship problems were overly d ...more
I would like to thank Maxym M. Martineau, Sourcebooks, Inc., and NetGalley for allowing me to read a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a fun adventure with high stakes, an intriguing premise, and a fascinating use of magic. It was generally well-written, with multifaceted characters and creativity that knew no bounds.
I can definitely see why they used Fantastic Beasts to pitch it; I was fascinated by the beasts and their ...more
I am very skeptical about new fantasy authors, and almost always avoid them until I have a recommendation from someone I trust. I love good fantasy so much, but it’s also very easy to ruin. That being said, I am so glad I took a chance on this book.
Full disclosure, I got the ARC from Netgalley during the open download time. I happened to come across it, and decided to give it a whirl.
World building: The most important part of a ...more
And there we meet Noc, lead of the Cruor assassins. He makes a deal with Leena to acquire 4 beasts and in return none of his men will kill her. Of course there is a catch - he doesn't include himself - plus ther ...more
Kingdom of Exiles left me speechless. I honestly had no idea how much I was craving a read like this. It was original, nurtured, and so well thought out. Have you ever read a book where you could just tell that the author put every ounce of imagination and love into their work? Well, Maxym M. Martineau gave me that feeling, and I'm still soaking it all in!
Leena is what they call a Charmer. She uses magic to tame and bond with all kinds of beasts ...more
I recieved this book from NetGalley for review.
So, this book wasn't as good as I think it could have been. The characters aren't really introduced in a way that made it easy for me to get invested in them, or what they were doing. The worldbuilding was also somewhat weak.
Full review closer to release date in June.
I found this book difficult to engage with throughout. We are not introduced to the characters so much as thrown at them and expected to understand their world and their motivations without explanation. It felt as though this were a book 2, not a book 1. Possibly because of this abrupt introduction, I did not feel any attachment to the characters.
As for world building, I felt that we were given the barest of descripti ...more
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 nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.
If only it were ...more