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Kingdom of Exiles

(The Beast Charmer #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  92 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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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
Jeffe Kennedy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 who was trying to kill her, and she makes a t
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, fantasy, romance
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!
Mandie (Naughty Book Snitch)
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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
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 g
Ann (annreads)
Omg that was SO GOOD, definitely an instant new favorite of mine😍 You guys really don’t want to miss this one when it comes out, it was such an incredible read! Now don’t mind me, I’ll be rereading this book until the next book comes because I cannot get enough of this characters! *cries till 2020*

*Review soon*

Lindsay Landgraf Hess
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.
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kingdom of Exiles was better than I expected it to be. Leena is a very strong intelligent female lead. Definitely don't see enough of that type of character. She has amazing abilities. Interactions with other characters are engaging, dynamic and entertaining. She's the total package. The story is well written and different from other fantasy fiction I've read. The world building is excellent. The plot unfolds just right with twists and turns in all the right places. I read it in two days. I reco ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
So I don't love the cover, but bear with me because the concept sounds like it could be a really good time.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
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
Kingdom of Exiles is the first book in The Beast Charmer series. When I read the blurb I was intrigued and I'm happy to say the book didn't disappoint at all. It was unique and funny and once the plot grabbed me I wasn't able to put it down untill I finished it. The start was a bit slow and it took me some time to get sucked into the story but once it did.. Oh boy, what a ride it was. The author creates a fantasy world full of beasts and magic, but she doesn't feel the need to spend time laying ...more
Cailin | Whiskers & Ink
Hot dang, if you're looking for a darker, slow-burn romance novel then this is it, folks. I'm a huge fan of both the Assassin's Creed games and Fantastic Beasts so this was right up my alley. My main struggle with most romance novels is that the back story isn't strong enough alone to keep my interest without the romance, i.e. I'm bored to death reading chapters that aren't focusing on the love. However, this was a rare exception. Reading about all the creatures in the book was fun and honestly ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was surprisingly awesome. A great fantasy novel with lots of cool characters and even cooler beasts on a roller coaster of action.
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
I received this ARC copy of Kingdom of Exiles from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca. This is my honest and voluntary review. Kingdom of Exiles is set for publication June 25, 2019.
No Apology Book Reviews
Not the best beginning but still a great book

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
Showie Ford
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO not what I expected. It was a thousand times better.

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
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we meet Leena she comes across as a badass, rather cold woman. She is a Charmer, exiled from her home and she sells beast on the black market to survive. When she is attacked by an assassin from Cruor, she wins and she decides to take him to Cruor to find who put a price on her head.

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
Kayla J. ~ Master of Dragons & Assassins

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
Helen Wawrejko
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of strong female protagonists will love this book. It is decidedly the most unique fantasy I have read in a long time. Assassins, mystery, betrayal, excellent worldbuilding, and lest I forget, THE most fabulous and complex imagining of beasts in any depiction. Charmers are the ultimate beastmaster and Leena has been banished from her people by betrayal. With a price now on her head, the assassins may be her only hope of canceling the contract. I can't stress how much I liked this book. Read ...more
Marie -The Reading Otter
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.
Myra Bryant
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. Grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept me entertained to the last. The characters were described in minute detail and were charming and relatable and their world was just as illustrated. A couple of delightful and not seen coming twist towards and at the end.
I have fallen in love with this world, these characters and the magical mystical beasts that are a big part of what makes the story so much fun to read.

Full review closer to release date in June.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.

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
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Top books of this year so far. *I was lucky enough to receive an ARC in exchange for giving a review.*

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
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