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Kingdom of Exiles: Pokemon for Adults

I was one of those kids who grew up watching Pokemon.  So when I read Maxym M. Martineau's Kingdom of Exiles, an adult paranormal romance book full of magical creatures with special abilities you have to charm/capture and imprison in an alternate dimension to be called upon as needed...

I immediately thought of Pokemon.

Technically there's a whole fantasy world with other elements thrown in and not everything revolves around the magical creatures.  In fact, most things don't, and there are other regular animals.  (Which reminds me, did we ever find out what the hamburgers in Pokemon were made of?)

And there's a little romance here.  Not the most compelling I've ever read, but at least it moved beyond Pokemon's "guy with unrequited feelings" gimmick.

No wait.  There's a little of that too.

But most importantly, there's a quest for rare creatures straight out of a Pokemon Crystal Gameboy Color cartridge.

Unfortunately, like the Pokemon show, there are a number of things that don't get fully explained or explored in this first book, but if you're willing to suspend disbelief and come along for the ride, it's a decently fun adventure full of creatures with slightly more imaginative names than "Squirtle" and "Meowth."

If you're interested in checking out Kingdom of Exiles, you can find it on Goodreads here.

Disclaimer: I received and read an ARC, which in no way affects my opinion.

Official Synopsis:

Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

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.

Have you read this?  Did you think of Pokemon too?  Anyone know any other books/series with a Pokemon vibe?


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  4. Kingdom of Exiles was the book I've been searching for, for the LONGEST time! I adored playing Pokémon as a kid and still adore it now and this has such an incredible vibe, that helped me to remember the Pokémon world and it's games. Have you guys ever played the rescues games on gameboy or the explorers of time/darkness/space for DS? It was that way, with a tad of the officer, and obviously, the standard ordinary Pokémon games.