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  • Enjoyed

    I enjoyed reading about this whole new world to me. I have not read anything like this story before nor I have I read anything previously by this author. I think for a debut book for this author it was wonderfully written and flowed beautifully. I look forward to reading more by this author. This story checks so many boxes of what I enjoy read, it has magical creatures, adventure, a goal, and a heroine that is strong with a romance that is not some instant happily ever after at first sight. I read an excerpt of this book before it was released and that had me hooked and wanting more and I must say the full book did not let me down and was worth the wait! I loved Leena and Noc and their adventure.

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  • Fantastic start to a new Fantasy Romance series!

    Loved this book. More people need to read it! As, Jessica, my partner in reading at Books Don’t Review Themselves podcast says, “This book needs to become a movie.” Or as I say, “A TV show.” If you are new to Fantasy Romance, this is a great one to start with. There are various kingdoms and people’s names that are not as familiar as Ryan or Madysen, but Maxym Martineau does well with the progression of the story, not going to so many different places that you don’t know which town the characters are in. And as far as having unfamiliar names, Martineau does such a fantastic job at character building that you quickly learn who everyone is. For a series debut it really is amazing how quickly the author made me feel for these characters. As far as all the new beasts go, I could see this getting confusing, but there is a Beastiary at the back of the book that gives you descriptions of them, as well as a few drawings. I would love to see a colored Beastiary with all the creatures Martineau makes up, and perhaps that is in the works for the future. While I enjoyed the whole book, I did enjoy the scenes with the beasts just a smidge more. I am excited to see all the new creatures Martineau comes up with in the next two books, The Frozen Prince (coming out February 25, 2020) and The Shattered Crown (coming late 2020). I was worried at the beginning that a love triangle would form between Leena, Noc, and the bartender, Dez. But I am so happy this didn’t happen! Book series have been ruined for me when the love triangle keeps getting dragged out. And as far as the sex scenes go, they felt so natural to the book. They didn’t feel like they were added just to have more sex in the book. The way they were written was very tantalizing, and very real. When you pictured them, you didn’t question if bodies could bend that way, or if that position would be really uncomfortable. And I really liked that Leena came first without Noc having to finish at the same time as her, as so many other books do. I highly recommend this, especially if you enjoy Fantasy or Fantasy Romance. And this is a series that I am really looking forward to continuing.

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  • Promising new fantasy romance w/ fantastic beasts

    This book was an engaging start to a new fantasy series filled with sympathetic characters and lots of fantastic beasts ala J.K. Rowling. The main female lead is Leena, a beast Charmer, raised in a hidden city filled with Charmers, but exiled after being accused and framed by her boyfriend of a forbidden crime (the "charming" of a human) that he actually committed. The main male lead is Noc, an assassin and head of a special guild filled with people who were raised from the dead and given new life as assassins. He's got his own problems, as he's laboring under a curse that condemns anyone he loves to death. As the book opens, Noc's guild is hired by an unknown Charmer to assassinate Leena, but she bargains for her life by agreeing to gift him and a few of his men with their own beasts to help protect them. They set off on a trip to obtain the beasts as well as a legendary one that Leena has been searching for that she hopes will prove her innocence to her Council. As you can see, this book has a lot going on. There's quite a bit of plot and world building, although some details were still sketchy and presumably will be revealed in later books. The book definitely had some elements in common with Fantastic Beasts, but at the same time, I thought that the author did a good job in creating her own story and grounding it firmly in a fantasy world that is clearly not just some alternate Earth. The story bogged down a few times for me due to the world building, but the author tells a good story, has a clear vision of what she wants her world to look like, and has the skill to convey that world to the reader. As for Leena, Noc, his group of lieutenants, and especially, those amazing beasts, I definitely want more of all of them. I think anyone who likes Fantastic Beasts, or who just likes stories with animals in them will love this. Leena's bond with her beasts is strong and loving. Noc is a sympathetic hero, laboring under a curse that prevents him from forming strong, close bonds with others, but clearly wanting badly to do so. I loved Noc's group of assassins (especially Oz) and hope to see more of them in later books. All in all, a very promising start to a new series, especially for a debut author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Maxym is now part of my instant click author

    I received this ARC for an honest review. Maxym Martineau is a new to me author. I admit I was a little nervous because I have read some not for me books, but Maxym Martineau was a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this book. The author’s character and world building was well done. I was able to see the author’s world and characters. This story is about Leena and Noc. Leena is a charmer. Who is a person that creates a bond with different creatures and the creatures choose them and serve them. Noc is an assassin who leads the Cruor. The Cruor is an assassin for hire. They can control shadows and turn them into weapons. Noc was hired to kill Leena. He sent his second in command, Kost, to do the job. Leena was able to bind Kost before he got to do the job. She wanted to barter with the Cruor for her life. When she arrived, things did not go as planned. I stayed up late just to find out what happens next. I recommend this book, and I will definitely read the next book.

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  • Intriguing fantasy debut novel

    Three and a half stars. Leena Edenfrell is a Charmer, someone who can tame fantastical beasts, she was exiled from her homeland after being betrayed by her lover and now lives on the fringes of society selling magical beasts to suckers. If she could only charm a Myad she might be able to prove her innocence to the Charmers' council, but to do so she would need the blood of a killer, freely given. Noc has a mysterious past but now leads the notorious assassins guild of Cruor, individuals who have been raised from the dead and will accept bounty for kills. His guild accepts a contract to kill Leena but she bests his assassin Calem and Noc sees an opportunity to lift the curse which blights his life - he will hold off killing Leena and escort her on her journey to find the Myad providing she gives him and his followers four beasts, including the Gyss which can grant wishes. As Noc and his assassins travel with Leena they all learn more about each other, and Noc and Leena get closer, but with Noc's curse and Leena's bounty is there any future? This is billed as Assassins Creed meets Fantastic Beasts and it's a pretty good description, albeit there aren't many assassinations, we see lots of weird and wonderful beasts with amazing powers. I loved the characters and I want to know more about their back stories and histories. On the downside, there was quite a lot of sex for a fantasy novel, it felt a bit too contemporary for the genre and pulled me out of the genre. But otherwise I thought this was a great novel, full of mystery and great world building, I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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