Review: Kingdom of Exiles

Review: Kingdom of Exiles

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym Martineau

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Official synopsis

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.


Assassin’s Creed meets Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was all I needed to read before I squealed, yes, literally squealed with delight and enthusiastically hit “READ NOW” on my ARC. It’s like they knew the way to my heart.

A few words come to mind to describe this book and the story within — Irresistible. Dangerous. Sexy. Magical. Fantastic. Not sure if they do it justice but oh my! This was just the book I needed to read right now and I didn’t realize I needed it. It’s an incredibly original story that dives right into the action without any downtime. The pages just kept turning and I was totally consumed by it all. I was in awe of the world-building and the beasts, down to the very last detail. I got sucked right in without a second thought and was able to see it all before my eyes as I was entranced by the story.

I loved Leena because she stayed true to herself and I loved Noc for the exact same reason. They didn’t change or have to change in order to fall for each other. They just gravitated towards each other, as is, and fell in love. And then they grew as characters, together. It was an amazing love story that left me wanting more!

The rest of the brethren, Calem, Oz and yes, even Kost, were the perfect supporting characters, offering comedic relief and angst when needed. They were great and I found myself hoping for more interactions with them.

This is definitely my new favorite series! I can’t wait for the next books.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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