Series: The Beast Charmers #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 25, 2019
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Amazon | Goodreads
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
"Full of razor-sharp intrigue, delicious characters, and a love story you never want to end."—DARYNDA JONES
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 soon)
The Shattered Crown (coming soon)
Additional Praise for Kingdom of Exiles:
"Lush and sweeping swords-and-sorcery romance" — The New York Times
"Has all the lush world-building and intoxicating magic of the Harry Potter universe" — Entertainment Weekly
As you all know, I am always on the prowl for great book covers. When I came across Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau I couldn’t wait to feature it here on the blog. I mean look at the gorgeousness of this cover! I am blown away by the cohesion of this design.
Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau Cover Breakdown
The overall cover of Kingdom of Exiles gives off a circus vibe. I tried to figure out if there was another name for what I felt was going on with this cover the ‘circus’ was the only thing I felt fit the festivities going on here. The colors, tiger head, and attire of the woman in the center all helped come to this conclusion about the circus vibe, but the headdresses were what threw me off.
The colors throughout this cover work so well together, and they complement each other. Not one color dominates another, where alone they would each probably dominate the color palette. I will admit that my favorites fall within the two groups; the purple, gold, and navy blue are gorgeous, and the turquoise and almost neon yellow are perfect as well.
I’ve talked about how the animal element in covers are an instant attraction so I don’t think that I need to go into too much depth about what the tiger silhouette or illustration does for my overall attraction to this cover. But because I was so intrigued by this cover I sort of broke one of my cardinal rules and checked out the synopsis for Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau. In that investigative action I found that animals are a big part in this story and series makeup so of course I’ve already added the book to my ‘Want to Read’ list on Goodreads.
One more thing I want to point out about this cover breakdown is the author endorsement from Darynda Jones.
Knowing Darynda Jones’ writing like I do I have a feeling that I might find myself surprised by the contents of this story. Meaning I might be surprised in how the author chooses to construct this story and how different it may be to what I think the story will be like. (I think I just my thoughts into a circle lol. If the above statements don’t make sense skip them and just admire the cover lol).
“Favorite Cover Fridays” is a weekly meme by Crafting By The Pound. It’s all about book covers; how they look and how we feel about them. Being able to admire book covers both far and wide is one of the pleasures of being a book lover, so this post is 100% dedicated to gushing over the chosen cover during your week that has impacted you the most, that has induced you in cover lust.