30 June 2019

Review || Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

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 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 that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins...not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

Fantastic Beasts meets Assasin's Creed? Yes, please! 

Kingdom of Exiles is the first of The Beast Charmer's trilogy and if Kingdom of Exiles is any indication of how the series will play out, then I am here for it! There's so much that this book brings to the table. There's a fiery female MC, a magical world, a bevy of beasts, and a slow burn romance. 

Leena is a Charmer, possessing a rare magical talent of being able to "charm" the beasts living in her world. Accused of committing a crime that she did not, she's forced to sell her beasts on the black market to survive. She soon discovers that she has been tagged by the merciless assassin's guild of Cruor. She makes a deal to exchange beasts for her life, but what she doesn't know is that the assassins are magically bound to their contracts, or they forfeit their own lives. 

Diving straight into the action, K of E is unrelenting. In spite of that, or maybe because of it, the characters and world are introduced to you as you go. There's no telling and all show, which I appreciate.  I loved the characters, Leena and Noc, and all the secondary characters too. And the beasts? Beautiful, imaginative, and diverse!