Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Leena is a beast charmer – part of a sacred group of people with the power to tame and control magical beasts. Charmers have one unbreakable, unforgivable rule – Never sell a beast for monetary gain. And that’s exactly what Leena has to do to survive after being wrongfully exiled from by people.
As if her situation isn’t bad enough, there is a bounty on her head and the most lethal assassins after her. Leena makes a deal with Noc, the leader of the undead assassins, the Cruor: Her life in exchange for beasts hand selected for the Noc and his men. However, what she doesn’t know is that when Noc agreed to the contract to kill her, he became bound to follow through, or else, he forfeits his own life. Now, Noc is forced to make hard decisions to protect himself, the Cruor, and the woman he has fallen in love with. Leena is faced with confronting her past, clearing her name, and finding a way to save the man she loves from dying in her stead.
I. AM. A FAN!
If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE fantasy and I LOVE a good series! Kingdom of Exiles is a promising debut and series starter.
“She was a charmer, and I her unwilling assassin.“
Kingdom of Exiles gave me major Assassin’s Creed and Fantastic Beasts vibes. The way Martineau built this magical world was nothing short of amazing. You can picture the characters, the scenery, and the beasts as the author lays out the details of each element.
The story weaves an intricate narrative that brings the reader along Leena’s journey from being an alone outcast to fighting for her life to fighting to clear her name. As the story progresses, we learn more and more about each character but also more about the world and the different parts that make up the kingdom of Wilheim and its outreaches. As the story builds, you find that there’s much more to the story than Leena simply being framed for wrongdoing.
“Nae m’olluminé miele. Or, for short, nae miele.” A soft tingling spread over my skin. “What does it mean?” He leveled me with one look. “One who fills my soul.”
Oh, how I love a good slow burn and Kingdom of Exiles delivered just that! Leena and Noc have a magnetic connection, only Noc can’t show any attachment to her in order to keep her safe. Leena doesn’t know this, so she only sees Noc as being hot and cold, which drives her crazy because she knows they have a spark between them. And we all know that where there’s a spark, there comes a flame.
There’s so many good elements to this novel! The fact that it’s a debut makes me that much more excited for the next book.
The Beast Charmer Series:
Kingdom of Exiles
The Frozen Prince (coming early 2020)
The Shattered Crown (coming late 2020)
I read an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS.