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.


Kingdom of Exiles

by Maxym M. Martineau

(The Beast Charmer #1)

Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019

Kingdom of Exiles – Maxym M Martineau


Kingdom of Exiles – Maxym M Martineau



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.

Kingdom of Exiles – Maxym M Martineau

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Kingdom of Exiles - Maxym M. MartineauExiled 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.

Kingdom of Exiles – Maxym M Martineau


Maxym M. Martineau is a staff writer and editor 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, binge-watching television shows, competing in just about any sport, and of course, reading.

Following her passion, Maxym earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, and currently lives in Arizona with her husband and their dogs.




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2 thoughts on “Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

  1. I felt about the same as you did with the book, gave it just a half star higher, I did feel it was a bit LONG, and like you said not really giving off an Assassin’s Creed vibe…though…I really really felt the urge to play Pokemon after reading this lol

    1. I did feel like going Pokemon hunting too – lol. For me this book just didn’t go all the way. It was a great debut novel, and the idea and story had real potential, but it never really delivered what was promised. BUT I’m looking forward to what the author is coming up with next. 😀

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