Kingdom of Exiles

Kingdom of Exiles

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...

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Kingdom of Exiles Reviews

  • Jeffe Kennedy

    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 –

    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 – and left me with a happy sigh and a fervent wish for a beast of my own. Highly recommend!

  • Marta Cox

    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

    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 but Noc has secrets of his own and if he can get the Charmer to cooperate and gift him with Beasts of his own he can offer her safety from his Guild but Leena really should pay attention to his terms !

    I really enjoyed this as it had magic, strong characters and of course the varied and amazing Beasts. The world building felt very organic and not pushed on the reader with chunks of useless information. The Beasts are very interesting and I'd love to know more. As for the romance it's a slow build which made it much more satisfying. All this meant the plot and what happens leaves me believing you should read this book yourself. I very much look forward to more in this series and happily recommend it.

    This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  • Christa

    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 who was trying to kill

    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 who was trying to kill her, and she makes a truce with Noc, leader of the assassins. He won’t kill her, and she will gift him and his assassins beasts.

    This was a wonderful start to a fantasy series. I loved the beasts, they were my favorite part of the story. They were each so unique, and I loved how many there were. I need some fan art of them. The world building was also remarkable, and woven nicely throughout the plot. No info dumps here.

    Leena is a strong heroine. She’s in a hard place, doing what she can to survive. But she’s kind to animals, and she’s a softy beneath her tough exterior. Noc is mysterious. He has hints of a tragic past, and I hope that book two will explore his story.

    I kept thinking about Amanda Bouchet’s Promise of Fire while reading this book. Both have strong heroines, alpha male heroes, well developed supporting characters, and unique world building. I think fans of fantasy romance will enjoy Kingdom of Exiles, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series.

    I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.

  • Dianne

    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?

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

    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?

    by Maxym M. Martineau has a magical, mystical romantic tale that may take a while to reach its boiling point, but trust me, it is well worth the wait! Fabulously unique “beasts” steal a scene or two, but Leena’s character is definitely one to watch in action, even as Noc gives a great showing as a hot, yet tormented hero.

    Do you like some spice with your magical conflict? Prepare to have the heat turned up!

    Great writing, wonderful world-building and those beasts? Loved the idea. This author has a hit for sure and a very creative imagination that promises more great reading to come!

    I received this ARC copy of Kingdom of Exiles from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    Series: The Beast Charmer - Book 1

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 25, 2019)

    Publication Date: June 25, 2019

    Genre: Romantic Fantasy

    Print Length: 400 pages

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  • Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)

    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!

    First, the description of Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed...

    ! AND its adult? Sign this bitch u

    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!

    First, the description of Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed...

    ! 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 of moments where things seemed off and inconsistent with the characters that were developed. But everything did come full circle and was explained really, really well. This book actually had a beginning, middle and end. The ending didn't feel forced or rushed and ended up being really good. However, the relationship between Leena and Noc did feel forced and didnt really feel genuine until the end.

    So, one thing that irritates me when reading any kind of book is when a strong independent woman meets a man and all of the sudden is unable to function in life and take care of herself. Everything she has learned in life up to that point has poofed away like magic.

    There were moments in this book where that happened and I was fully prepared to rip this to shreds. So I kept reading and the way the story is built, this was actually explained

    later in the story. But I feel this could have been better explained earlier in the story because you might lose a lot of readers because of that. Like, Leena doesn't have to be completely brainless and unable to take care of herself.

    On the flip side of that coin, you have this super badass manly assassin, Noc who doesn't talk to anyone. Especially not to the

    he has to carry out. Doesn't want to get attached to somebody he needs to kill. I totally get that. But that is not at all what happened. I think this is the one character flaw that bugged me most and was never resolved for me. There was no effort made to stay away from Leena.

    Well, the author did try to write some internal conflict between Leena and Noc and very weakly attempted to show Noc trying to stay away, but it was not believable at all. I think thats why I dont think Leena and Noc's connection is believable. I get what the author is trying to do... Hitman falls for his target. Cute... but could have been executed better.

    The side characters and the beasts were really good! I loved them all and cant wait to read all their stories. Especially when Leena paired Calem with a beast. It actually brought a tear to my eye, it was so sweet.

    The sex was... ok. It didn't happen until close to the end and it wasn't anything spectacular.

    And, y'all.... the word

    was used to describe Noc fingerbanging Leena.

    And then... next page....

    And yet again.... A couple paragraphs down....

    Honestly... the image below is what that last quote reminds me of...

    The quotes could have been hot if the word

    wasn't used. Also, the tension wasn't believable for me and felt like the author was forcing a connection between the characters.

    Overall, this was a good read and I really enjoyed myself. I know I complained a lot but I liked the story so much and some of my complaints were actually explained later in the story that I can't wait to read more. The story does end with a tiny bit of a cliffy but its not that bad. It just intrigues you to want to read the next one. As for comparing this to Fantastic Beasts and Assassin's Creed.... ya, I see it but this isnt a copy. This story has its own voice and Im listening.

  • Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    ***I received this ARC courtesy of Netgallery in exchange for an honest review***

    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

    ***I received this ARC courtesy of Netgallery in exchange for an honest review***

    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 100% completion rate. She tries to make a deal with the head assassin and lucky for her he needs some beasts and since charmers are rare she is just the person to find them. When she does she goes scot free

    The story was engaging. I liked Leena and the love she displayed for her beasts. I also liked that we had Noc's POV, he was also an interesting character. The secondary characters too balanced the whole story out. It seems like a long book but it went by pretty fast.

    I am excited I got to discover this author and I can't wait to read book 2. I already have an idea about Noc and I want to see how that plays out.

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    4 stars!

    WOW. From my very mediocre reactions to the cover to the fact that I entered it during a miniature personal reading slump,

    blew me away with its readability, world building, and overall pure reading enjoyment.

    ★★★★

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★

    ★★★ 1/2

    ★★★★

    . 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 th

    4 stars!

    WOW. From my very mediocre reactions to the cover to the fact that I entered it during a miniature personal reading slump,

    blew me away with its readability, world building, and overall pure reading enjoyment.

    ★★★★

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★

    ★★★ 1/2

    ★★★★

    . 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 romance.

    In fact, it's one of those books that I often feel is on the wrong side of the shelf between romance and fantasy—it has the action and world-building of many adult fantasy novels, just with more sex.

    I mean, who can complain?

    , a class of magic-bearing human that can tame the magical beasts found in the world and keep them in her "beast realm," which for the sake of this review can best be described as a similar concept to Newt Scamander's suitcase full of beasts in J.K. Rowling's

    .

    and finds herself eeking a meager existence as an illegal beast trader in the slums. That is, before

    .

    , a guild of reborn (not vampiric, but definitely previously dead) assassins that are killers for hire. His guild is tasked with ending the life of an exiled Charmer who the Charmer Council has branded a criminal, but she thwarts the Cruor's first hit attempt and comes knocking on Noc's door, battered assassin in tow.

    . With a hidden past and dark curse attached to him, Noc finds his pull to Leena irresistible even with its deadly possibilities.

    Leena, Noc, and a few other colorful Cruor characters find themselves on an adventure through the realm to a) fulfill Leena's bargain with Noc and provide his Cruor brethren with beasts of their own—think animal familiars—and b) for Noc's mission of killing Leena once she's exhausted her usefulness.

    As Noc and Leena dance closer and closer, they find themselves entwined in a larger story than either of them expected, where secrets come to life, love can kill, and not all is what it seems.

    I found this story to be surprising at points, emotional at others, and altogether a humor-filled, well-built narrative.

    with its unique focus on magical beasts and assassins—I loved every moment.

    *****

    Original notes: So I don't love the cover, but bear with me because the concept sounds like it could be a really good time.

  • Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Kingdom of Exiles

    The Beast Charmer #1

    Maxym M. Martineau

    June 25, 2019

    yes

    fantasy, paranormal romance

    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

    Kingdom of Exiles

    The Beast Charmer #1

    Maxym M. Martineau

    June 25, 2019

    yes

    fantasy, paranormal romance

    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 romance that was refreshingly heavy for the genre. I wasn't entirely sold on how quickly Leena developed her attraction for Noc. This is a guy whom she thought could figuratively and literally stab her in the back. But aside from that, it progressed believably and I enjoyed the forbidden love aspect of it.

    Noc is an undead guild master of Cruor. He leads a group of assassins brought back from the dead that must complete each kill contract assigned to them. There is no choice in the matter, it's simply a something they do in order to survive. Even knowing that some of his bounties are innocent, he's resigned to his fate. But it's a lonely life he leads, because even the men and women closest to him must be kept at a distance for their own good. He erected a barrier between himself and the rest of the world-a cold facade that no one is permitted to penetrate. He believes that his past is so tarnished by his misdeeds that this existence is all he deserves.

    His past life is shrouded in mystery. You're given hints and clues throughout the story, and I think I have an idea as to what he's concealing but this bombshell is left for future books to be revealed. You just know that when everything does come out, there will probably be hell to pay.

    Leena and Noc are similar in that they are both outcasts of society. Both fallen from grace and doing what they must, living one day at a time. Leena is a highly skilled beast charmer who has been cast out of her home, Hireath. Betrayed by the man she loved, she no longer puts her trust in anyone but herself. Her one goal is to somehow convince the Council to hear her side of the story so she may return home. It doesn't help that she's been breaking the law by selling beasts while exiled. And the hit put out on her from a mysterious source? That tends to cause some difficulties as well. Leena isn't one to go down easily though, and she manages to strike a deal with the man bound by Cruor’s Oath to end her life. She must provide beasts for his crew in exchange for her freedom. If she can kill two birds with one stone and charm the beast she needs to re-enter Hireath, she may have a chance to reclaim her home and her honor that was stolen from her.

    The magical beasts were something completely different for me. I really enjoyed the wide range of species and how their talents interacted and aided the group on their adventure. Leena's skill in charming them was extraordinary. Many times she was facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, putting herself in life or death situations. Yet she faced each and every one with courage that was admirable. There was a lot to love about Leena. She was a strong heroine that was dealt a crappy hand, but always finds a way to outsmart the odds. As she started to develop feelings for Noc, there was a lot of push and pull because he couldn't help but give her mixed signals. Falling for each other could be the destruction of them both.

    The end was action packed, and satisfyingly suspenseful. It leaves off in a happy for now place, but there is plenty of unresolved issues and room for the plot to grow in the following books. This is my first read by the author, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm always looking for more fantasy/paranormal books with a strong element of romance, and this fit the bill perfectly. Great world building, original concept, and flawed yet approachable characters that are easy to root for make a well rounded package. I look forward to continuing with The Beast Charmer series next year with

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    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

    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 order, maybe in a couple days, since I had to squeeze in reading time at work etc.

    The element of charming animals that were as exotic as Pokemon creatures, and matching said animals to humans was very well done.

    I would have liked more of the animal charming, since that’s a HUGE draw of the story, and less of the drama and romance that took over the book. Again it felt like a YA novel with its angst and relationship drama and less like an adventure novel. The comparison to Assassin’s Creed is a bit misleading, because there wasn’t that much action throughout the novel. Compared to a Kate Daniels novel, this one was TAME!!

    Nevertheless the book ended satisfyingly, with a bit of foreboding of what might be coming – which has me intrigued to say the least.

    There might have been a couple of times I started skimming towards the end, with 448 pages it wasn’t exactly a short novel. But overall it was an enjoyable read, not wowing but enjoyable. I can see that the author has a promising future in front of her and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

    ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • 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

    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; and yet we’re told she would never be able to beat Noc or one of his group.

    She is pure like a unicorn and literally, charming. Noc and his brotherhood of assassins are supposed to be lethal. But all of them end up being friendly (and not immune to her charm) to Lena almost instantly (except Kost) and Leena and Noc have strong insta-lust and insta-love going on, which felt incredible out of character. Also, Leena after meeting Noc decides to trust a bunch of assassins and take their word for granted even though the very reason she is hunted for is because someone betrayed her trust. The only thing I really loved about Leena was how much she cared for the beasts. It was really nice to have a heroine that cared for creatures.

    The villain was so one-dimensional that it disappointed me. I was expecting some conflicting emotions, depth, complexity. I got none.

    Nevertheless, I really enjoyed Noc’s Brothers: Kost, Calem and Oz. I liked the author built them with distinct personalities and looks. It was easy to remember each one of them and I loved them so much as supporting characters that I think they totally eclipsed Leena and Noc for me. I kept wishing to hear more about them and less of Leena and Noc. Kost was good angst, Oz a big bear we wanna hug and my favorite, Calem, was a playboy with some mystery that has yet to unfold. I also liked the LGBTI rep very much, (Noc is Bi and Kost is gay) and I think it was done well.

    Overall, it was a good read, it was entertaining and I recommend it to people who enjoy paranormal romance, or fantasy romance.

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