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The Prison Healer

(The Prison Healer #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  26,476 ratings  ·  5,107 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by Clarion Books
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May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
this book is definitely worth all the hype its getting.

and it reminded me that the setting doesnt need to be intricate. an entire story can take place in a single location (eg. a prison) and still be entertaining if the characters (tipp deserves to be protected at all costs), plot (political scheming), and writing (perfect pacing) are great. which they are in this.

my only complaint would be the ‘twists.’ even though they arent necessarily predictable, they didnt surprise or shock me, either. i
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I nabbed this book on impulse because it was giving me POISON STUDY vibes, and for those of you who don't know, that is one of my golden standards when it comes to YA fantasy. If I had known that this was blurbed by Sarah J. Maas, I probably wouldn't have gotten it, though, because I'm not too keen on her books and, like many authors, she tends to read and blurb books that are written in a style similar to hers.

Maria V. Snyder
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure - Lynette is my friend. She's an Australian author and we met when I was a guest at SupaNova about 6 years ago - back in the good old days when I could travel and attend cons. One of the nicest/sweetest person I've ever met and we stayed friends. The Prison Healer is going to be released in April in Australia, UK, and US and many of the books will be signed (she signed literally thousands of what's known as "tip-ins" - it's the cover page that they'll bind with the rest of the bo ...more
myo (myonna reads)
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
BRO THE ENDING TO THIS BOOK WENT CRAZY!! the author did SO amazing with the pacing and getting you attached to the characters. when i first went into this book i thought it was going to be a three star but i was so invested in the story. the ending was predictable but i STILL was shook.
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Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
An excellent start to what I believe is going to be a trilogy. Definitely a duology at least because book two already has a title and a cover.

I am currently part way through the Akarnae series but when I saw the blurb for The Prison Healer I could not resist it. And it is a good one. My only criticism is that it is too long and the middle section tends to drag as a result. However everything else is really good.

The story is set in an inescapable prison where people tend not to survive the condit
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
*rated 3.5/5 stars!
h o l l i s
When you have to take a shower mid-read to wake up because the book is putting you to sleep : my experience with THE PRISON HEALER.

Look, that snarky intro notwithstanding, there were things in this story that felt pretty compelling and or interesting but so much just.. didn't make sense. At first I loved that our setting was limited to this prison, where our protagonist had been locked up for ten years, completely cut off from the world and politics around her, but then I got really.. anxious. T
Nov 08, 2021 marked it as dnf-zone  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Dnf 28%

I’m sorry but the cringe is real.
Explain to me again why I keep trying to read books blurbed by SJM thinking they’re gonna be good…?
Dec 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Aug 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
So basically for the entirety of the book, I was pretty certain that this series just wasn’t for me. BUT THEN the last page happened and I had to reevaluate my whole life.

The sequel is absolutely in transit, on its way to me.
Caz (littlebookowl)
Rating: 4.5? 4.75?

I've read an early manuscript so will re-read after publication and confirm my rating! But this was SO FREAKING FUN to read, I couldn't put it down. My favourite book from Lynette Noni to date.
Charlotte (Books and Bouquets)
Massive thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Go and read this right now, it’s so hard to put into words the connection I have formed with this book, but just trust me. The prison healer follows Kiva, a prisoner in the ruthless prison Zalindov and the challenges she faces once the notorious Rebel Queen is captured - she must fight to keep the Rebel Queen alive, and do so at whatever cost, including facing the lethal Trial
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
The prison healer review

WOW. Where do I even begin with this book?

A fantastic story of magic, friends, inner strength and a strong will to survive. With immersive writing, a complex main character and a plot that just keeps getting deeper and deeper the more you read... how could I not love this book?

In this book we follow our main character Kiva who from start to finish I admired and adored. Kiva has been at Zalindov prison for a decade as both the prison healer and a prisoner. She makes her
Paige ♠
Jul 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, fairyloot
Very solid book and I'm excited to pick up the next one!

I THOUGHT THE SETTING was unique for a YA fantasy book. Pretty much the entire story took place in a Prison.. but it felt like its own community (albeit a pretty terrible community) and I just really liked reading about it

THE STORY ITSELF was really exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat, always wanting to find out what happens next! There was an appropriate amount of mystery but you still got some answers, especially at the end!

Christine Manzari
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I need an additional five stars to give to this ending because I was not expecting that twist!!!!! I cannot wait for the next book!
Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan was only seven when she was incarcerated, along with her father, in the notorious prison, Zalindov, where no one gained freedom. Kiva was now the prison healer, following in her father’s footsteps after he died, and while the people who sought her help were criminals, Kiva’s destiny was to heal. Beside her was eleven-year-old Tipp, an orphan who Kiva had sworn to look out for to Tipp’s mother. Tipp was an enthusiastic child, always happy to help even while living ...more
“Our scars define us. They tell a story of courage and survival. They tell of who we are at our deepest being, of the challenges we've faced and overcome”

TW: abuse, addiction, animal cruelty, blood, cannibalism, child abuse, child death, claustrophobia, confinement, death, death of a loved one, domestic abuse, drug abuse, emotional abuse, fire/fire injury, grief, gore, injury/injury detail, medical content, medical trauma, mental illness, misogyny, murder, rape, self-harm, sexual assault, sexual
☀︎El In Oz☀︎

Solid fantasy book !!
but the ending was so disappointing 😕

Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

I was so excited about this book and it definitely didn't let me down! If you enjoy YA fantasy then I can't imagine you not enjoying this book. I haven't read anything like it as it is SO unique.

The story is about Kiva who has been in a notorious prison for over 10 years. She has survived when many around her have perished due to the awful conditions and brutal prison guards. Being the prison healer has been her saving grace. The story follows Kiva as she makes new friends and struggles o
Melissa (Melissasbooks)
Jan 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
✨This book was absolutely amazing. I was told that the ending would be shocking but I did not expect THIS.
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
3.5/5 stars!

A million thanks to Edelweiss for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review is based off an advance copy, so some things might be changed on publishing.

I was so excited to read this, seeing as it was the first ARC I’ve earned and the fact that it was one of the ones I wanted to most! I’m a sucker for a book in a prison environment, and healers are always a welcome change from the normal femme-fatale kind of protagonist, so this was everything I love in one perfect bundle
Ashley Haas
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PERFECTION!!! *chef’s kiss*


Y’all! I’m speechless right now!!
I just... I mean... This book blew my mind so much that I can’t even have a complete thought!
The best way I can describe what
I’m feeling right now is... it’s like I was starving and then I ate a gourmet meal and now I just feel complete. Pure bliss.

Okay, that might make me a fatty for describing it like that but I love food and that’s the best way I could describe it lol. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

This will
Mar 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this so much I knew what was coming but I was still shocked by it
Amy Imogene Reads
Oct 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 yikes-i'm-sorry stars

So.... I honestly debating DNF'ing this story for the entire time I was reading it. I had such a hard time staying invested. Given the sheer number of glowing reviews, this sound like it was another case of "it's not you, it's me!"

If you've read the popular hits in YA fantasy, then you've read this book by proxy. Or at least, it was that way for me this time.

Writing: ★★★
Characters: ★★★
Enjoyment: ★★

I really, really don't have much to say about this o
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a plot twist 🤯 cannot wait for The Gilded Cage!
Dec 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
3.5 stars
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
This is the first YA I have read in AGGGGGES!!! I do miss the genre from time to time. I just can't take all of the angst most of the time and end up leaving them unread. But I find so many gems that are super-clever. And this one was AWESOME.

Kiva lives in Zalindov, the biggest and most notorious prison in the realm. She was brought there with her father as a young child and has grown up as the prison healer, a talent she learned from her father before he died. She knows the rest of her family

I'm actually super bummed that this had as many ridiculous tropes as it did.

It could have been so much and instead it opted to just be like everything else, with minimal creativity.

My heart is sad.

The promising plot tells of Kiva, who has been a prisoner in Zalindov for over a decade, working as their healer. She carves the mark into inmates when they arrive and does whatever it takes to survive. However some new arrivals and talks of a rebel queen leading an uprising on the outside are
Dannii Elle
Kiva Meridan has been an inhabitant of the Zalindov death prison since she was just seven years old. Her decade of survival has seen her elevated to the role of prison healer, become an informant for the prison guard, and earned her the distrust of the other prisoners. She did what she must to survive, even if it meant keeping all others at a distance and that her continued existence be a lonely one.

This was such a fascinating read. Much of it took place inside the prison walls and the reader wa
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Lynette Noni is currently Australia’s #1 YA fiction author. After studying journalism, academic writing and human behaviour at university, she finally ventured into the world of fiction. She is now a full-time writer and the bestselling author of the six-book young adult fantasy series, The Medoran Chronicles, as well as a second bestselling and award-winning duology called Whisper.

Lynette won th

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