Good, original fantasy worldbuilding is so much harder than it seems. Kingdom of Exiles is set in an interesting and unique world that I was excited to read and look forward to spending more time in. Leena is a Charmer, which means she has the ability to forge a magical connection with supernatural creatures and then summon them to help and perform tasks for her. Unfortunately, a betrayal by a former lover has gotten her exiled from the Charmer’s country, and to make things worse, now someone has ordered her assassination. The hit has been given to the assassins of Cruor, led by Noc, who is himself under a curse: anyone he loves will sicken and die. If Noc can get Leena to give him a wish-granting beast, he might be able to rid himself of that curse - but he still has a magical obligation to kill Leena. This is definitely not a good time for the two of them to fall in love.
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