G. Bianco, 2019
Calling all Sarah J. Maas lovers! Award-winning author Lynette Noni is known for captivating readers with her YA series and her newest one is sure to do the same! Published on April 13th, The Prison Healer is the book all fantasy fans need to read.
Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer. When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals. Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom. But no one has ever survived. With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.
I loved Kiva and her strength throughout the novel. The way she continues to do her job and survive in the prison, despite certain feelings and loyalties, was admirable and inspiring. She is a character I found myself continually rooting for and was turning page after page just to see what would happen next. In addition to Kiva, all the rest of the characters were so well written and it helped enhance the plot of the novel even more.
Speaking of, the plot was absolutely fantastic! Even though this is technically a YA novel, it was so nuanced and refined that even adult fantasy lovers will fall in love with this book. I don’t want to give too much away so I'll just say this: I laughed, I cried (multiple times...), and the ending had me FLOORED! Just when I thought I had things figured out, Lynette Noni decided to hit me with some plot twists that had me shocked. Like I can’t even tell you how long I just sat there at 1am contemplating everything I had just read...
All I can say about this book is HOLY SH*T ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR IMMEDIATELY! As for me, I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series to come out to see what the heck is going to happen next!
*I received an ARC from HMH Teen via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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