Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

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 there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes Noc an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

Plagued by a curse that kills everyone he loves, Noc agrees to Leena's terms in hopes of finding a cure. Never mind that the dark magic binding the assassin's oath will eventually force him to choose between Leena's continued survival... and his own.

In a game of trust and half-lies, only one thing can be certain: traps capture more than beasts and ensnared hearts are impossible to untangle.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau absolutely blew me away! I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this totally exceeded my expectations.

Leena is an exiled Beast Charmer. They are a rare breed of people (?) that have the unique ability to charm and keep various magical beasts, which range from fluffy and sweet cuddle bugs to dangerously violent war-mongers. I enjoyed learning about the beasts just as much as the character development! Did I mention that I love Leena? She's brave, strong, sassy, and smart but she's also compassionate and passionate. She doesn't back down from a fight but knows when to step back. The more I read, the more I wanted to meet her.

The adventure that Leena ends up on is partially her own plan, with some wrenches throw in. Specifically, the bounty placed upon her life and being carried out by Cruor, or the Shadow Assassins. We are trying to figure out WHO placed the bounty, why they're after her, and how to remove it.

The assassins are another interesting lot of people, just as intriguing as Leena. They each have their own history, and I hope that we'll get a book per character. I fell in love with Os's sweetness, and Callum is the constant flirt, Kost is a dark unknown, and then there's Noc. I'm not giving anything away, but Noc's story is something I need more of. We get bits and pieces, but I want to know his backstory.

All in all, this was an excellent fantasy story with the depth and world building you'd come to expect. The characters were well developed, and the plot was solid. I am adding the rest of this series to my to-be-read shelf ASAP!

Maxym M. Martineau is an article and social media writer by day and a fantasy romance author by night. When she’s not getting heated over broken hearts, she enjoys playing video games, sipping a well-made margarita, competing in just about any sport, and, of course, reading. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Arizona State University and lives with her husband and fur babies in Arizona.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer #1) by Maxym M. Martineau to read and review.

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