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June 2019
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Kingdom of Exiles

The Beast Charmer
Maxym 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."

Exiled Charmer Leena Edenfrell is running out of time. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts — 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 Noc an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

Plagued by a curse that kills everyone he loves, Noc agrees to Leena's terms in hopes of finding a cure. Never mind that the dark magic binding the assassin's oath will eventually force him to choose between Leena's continued survival … and his own.

The Beast Charmer Series:

  • "Kingdom of Exiles"
  • "The Frozen Prince" (coming early 2020)
  • "The Shattered Crown" (coming late 2020)


Maxym Martineau earned a BA in English at ASU in 2012.

Praise for this book

"Martineau’s impressive debut novel, the first of a romantic fantasy trilogy, marries grand-scale wonder with the intimacy of relationships among traveling companions and a layered plot. Martineau’s intricate world-building melds traditional high fantasy with a hint of Victorian sensibility, then elevates it with endearing characters and a deliciously complex story that will leave readers anxiously awaiting the second book."

Publishers Weekly