Book Review – Kingdom of Exiles

This is a another review for a book that I read a while ago, but I decided to go back to write down my thoughts because there’s a sequel out (The Frozen Prince) that I’d like to read. Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau is book #1 in The Beast Charmer series and is a fantasy romance combined with fun summoning magic that works a lot like Pokemon.

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Here is the blurb:

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.

I enjoyed this book and it was a fast read. We get to see both Leena and Noc’s point-of-view in alternating scenes, so their secrets are obvious to the reader, but not known to each other, adding to the tension. This book was also very much a romance, and it looks like there are two versions available (adult and YA) which I didn’t know at the time I read it. I must have read the adult version, but if you want less explicit romance, then maybe look at the YA one?

While some of the plot was wrapped up in the ending, there was one large aspect still left open. I wouldn’t really call it a cliffhanger, but I do need to read the next book. It looks like there is also a third book (The Shattered Crown) coming out at the end of this year.

Do you read much fantasy romance? Are there other books you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments above.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alexis Alvarez
    Aug 11, 2021 @ 20:10:58

    Don’t know why, but this made me think of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series — have you read any of them? Great fun. Vampires, werewolves, elves, demons, and witches — what more could we for?

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    • Alexis Alvarez
      Aug 11, 2021 @ 20:11:46

      *What more could we ask for!

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    • Clare
      Aug 12, 2021 @ 09:41:08

      I have not read those but when I look up the first one, it is on my want to read list. I’m planning to read books with a witch theme in September so these may fit in, but I probably have too many on my list already!

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