Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer #1) by Maxym M. Martineau [arc review]
Apparently Maxym M. Martineau is a debut author...
Can all debut authors write fabulous stories like this please?
Needless to say----> 5 Stars!!!
|Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym Martineau and my little beast|
-except she is more likely to lick your face than cause harm-
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.
The Review: 5 Glorious Stars!
WOW! What an amazing read! I wouldn't have guess Maxym Martineau is a debut author just by reading the book.
Was it perfect? No. But I find high fantasy and paranormal books starting off a series almost never are. It is hard to set a new world, with new rules, magic, etc., and tell a love story all at once. And so, it was a little difficult to get into. But once you get through those first few pages the story takes off into a brilliant and awe striking new world.
I usually start off by talking a little about the main characters, this time we will go for the beasts! Their descriptions, world setting, personalities, all of it... were outstanding! It is not often I end a book with the deep desire to make it all real and be the main protagonist myself... but oh how much I would love to be a charmer and have my own set of charming animals! It was all enchanting.
Noc was also enchanting! My heart bled for him. To not be able to either have or show deep emotions is a horrible and sad way to live. He makes do the only way he can by constantly keeping his distance from everyone (or trying to). His constant change from icy cold assassin to a curious lovable man made him a very interesting, approachable, and memorable character to read.
Leena's story is also not the happiest. She is not naive or stupid, she just trusted the wrong person and paid for it. Now she is trying to make the most of it. The friendship she makes and the family she finds with the assassins was unexpected.
ALL secondary characters were fabulous. Specially the other assassins. I sincerely hope that all other books in this series focuses on them.
GO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
Release Date: June 25th