Review: Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2019


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Omg. But really though. Omg.

I just finished Kingdom of Exiles and, quite frankly, Maxym M. Martineau’s incredible imagination makes me proud to be a human being.

This book is is Throne of Glass meets Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them meets…Pokémon? And it’s AMAZING. It’s thick, throbbing, wretched angst. It’s palpable sexual tension for days and days. And it’s an intricate, vivid fantasy world that will suck you in so deep that you will forget to come up for air.

If you’re a fan of Amanda Bouchet’s The Kingmaker Chronicles then buckle the eff up because you are going to love Kingdom of Exiles. And if you’re someone who says …Oh, I don’t know. I’m not really into Fantasy Romance…let me just stop you. Allow me, if you will, to place a gentle finger against your lips. Shhh. Give this book a chance. I finished Kingdom of Exiles in a 48 hour period and in Mom Time…that’s like…12 hours? Let me put it this way… In my pre-kid days I would have knocked this out in one sitting. It’s delicious.

Kingdom of Exiles is set to release in June of this year. Pre-order it pleeeease. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy. Gawd, this is a good one.


Leena Edenfrell is a Charmer living in exile. And she has a price on her head. When the most deadly of assassins-for-hire mark her for dead she makes a deal that their leader cannot refuse. If they let her live she’ll use her powers to charm magical beasts of their choosing… and she’ll hand them over…

Noc, Cruor leader, is cursed. Like, for real. Any person he loves (platonic or romantic) will die. But the beautiful Charmer’s bargain offers him a chance break his seemingly unbreakable curse. He still has to kill her, of course. Leena doesn’t need to know that though. But, curse or no curse, as he and his brethren set off on a journey with Leena to capture their promised beasts, Noc is falling helplessly in love with her…what’s an cursed assassin to do…?

Happy Romance Reading!