This is the first book in The Prison Healer trilogy
Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.
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 this new world that Lynette Noni has created. Like her Medoran Chornicles world, there are gifted people in this world called Wenderall but that is where the similarities end. The Prison Healer is set in a prison called Zalindov like the name suggests and it is an interesting place. It is full of colourful characters such as Kiva, Tipp, Naari and Jaren. I loved the way that you are introduced to different and new characters.
I loved Kiva. Even after what she has gone through she can still follow her moral compass. She is the Prison Healer, the role she took over from her father.
Jaren was great and I loved seeing the interaction between him and Kiva. I loved the mystery behind this character and what is revealed in the last few chapters of the book.
I really loved how a secret code was present throughout the book and how it was implemented. It made sense for Kiva to be using it and loved how i started to recognise some of the characters.
The ending is a definite cliffhanger with other twists revealing themselves as well and I can’t wait for The Gilded Cage.
Overall I am excited to jump into another series by Lynette Noni and I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here.