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The Prison Healer

(The Prison Healer #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan is a survivor. For ten years, she has worked as the healer in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, making herself indispensable. Kept afloat by messages of hope from her family, Kiva has one goal and one goal only: stay alive.

Then one day the infamous Rebel Queen arrives at the pri
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton
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❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)
4.25/5 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 bundl
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.
Rebecca | Velvet Opus
The Prison Healer is perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series. To be released in Spring 2021, it has elemental trials, magic, prison rebels, found friendship and a sweeping romance. TW: off-screen rape. ...more
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.

What saves this for me was the ending. Because.. okay, sure, yeah, that happened. I am both very excited by it and also now very frustrated by everything up until this point, but, sure, yes. I'm hooked and I wil
Kiva Meridan has been imprisioned since the age of 7 along with her father. The story starts of incredibly and you'd find yourself deeply immersed in the event leading to their incarceration. After 10 years, Kiva is the prison's healer but her life is about to change when the rebel queen gets captured. Lynette Noni spins her stories in a great way and I loved her writing style. The world building was beautiful and I really loved the way the architecture of the prison was described. To be honest, ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Jessica McKenna
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a literal sadist, this one's for you.

I don't mean if you're into hurt/comfort, or deadly action. I've read the Hunger Games. I've been on AO3.

I mean if you honestly are into just reading a single character get battered and bruised physically and psychologically for pretty much literally no purpose, except you just like to fantasize about people being hurt.

That is what this book is. Period. Full stop.

I received this as an ARC from work, and oof. It's essentially the novel equivalent of
Three days later and I FINALLY finish this book.

I was just not impressed, and I wasn't interested either. Kiva is the prison healer, threatened by the inmates and guards alike, and just trying to keep her head down and do her job. She's barricaded behind walls of standoffish stoicism that growing up in the trauma of prison has built. Until... one day... a new prisoner (handsome, kind, optimistic, persistent) arrives.

It's more complicated than that. There is, in theory, political drama, a mysteri
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
**I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not affect my review.**

RTC once I've caught my breath after this exciting rollercoaster of feels!!

⤴ See that? It's been a few days, and that still sums up my feelings on this book! 😍 Like Whisper, much of this book relies on secrets and 'going in blind' so I'll keep this short. I loved the writing and characters in this one, and with that ending and how the story progressed....this one isn't even out yet, and I'm already eager
Maya W
holy guacamole i need the second book right now
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-and-13
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Prison Healer in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the exact reason I refuse to give up on authors who's previous works I didn't enjoy. I struggled with Akarnae but oh my god, I can't even comprehend that this is the same author. Noni has grown masterfully into herself and her writing here.

After being arrested alongside her now-deceased father, Kiva has spent 10 years of her life growing up in her world's cruelest prisoner where she n
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Sarah J Maas or Maria V Snyder’s books you will fall in absolute love with Lynette Noni’s The Prison Healer. This book utterly entranced me and yet I wanted to savour it and enjoy every agonising, horrible, tortuous moment. This book is set in a horrible prison, features illness and death, and the character face lots of abuse, torture and trials designed to kill - and I loved every single moment!!! Crazy! But so, so good.

Kiva has survived ten long years in Zalindov prison. When her f
Maria F.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elemental magic, a mysterious prince, a smug prisoner, a friendly guard, a brewing rebellion, and our prison healer 🖤
This book follows Kiva- the prison healer of Zalindov aka the most notorious prison. Most people do not survive the first couple of weeks in Zalindov. Kiva, however, has been a prisoner for 10 years after being arrested with her now deceased father.
Kiva is tasked with marking the new prisoners and making sure they stay alive but she also secretly send messages to the rebel cause w
Natasha | readwithnatasha
What a great beginner fantasy book!

Kiva is the healer in a prison where people are basically sent to die. It's nearly impossible to communicate with the outside world, but Kiva's family has figured out how to send encrypted messages to her, the latest being that the Rebel Queen is being sent to the prison and she has to keep her alive. Little does Kiva know that the Rebel Queen has been sentenced to complete the 4 Ordeals - Ordeal by Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. When the Rebel Queen isn't getti
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
The Prison Healer has one of the most exciting premises in young adult fantasy. I'm a sucker for books set in inescapable prisons, and that's what we're dealing with here. Mix a set of magical trials, a rebel queen, and a darkness not often found in the genre and how could it go wrong!

Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in a notorious prison, Zalindov. When the Rebel Queen is captured she’s charged with keeping her alive long enough to go through the Trial by Ordeal.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Full review closer to publication date.

I had my initial hesitations with this book. When the love interest was introduced well before the plot had been developed, a few red flags were raised. However, Kiva did not lose too much of her true self in the love interest, which I was grateful for. While the book is dark and morbid, parts of it were handled in a way
Paige Belfield
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Posting full review closer to release but here's the basis of what I have to say:

I was so fortunate to read this book at 2 stages of development, and I am constantly blown away by Lynette's talent and the way her compassion seeps into every character. I'm really excited for more people to read this series.
This was such a fun book! Kiva is a healer working in a death-prison, but when a rebel queen is deposited in her care, she must take the queen's place in a series of dangerous, magical tests to fight for her freedom. If that sounds intense - it IS. Amidst a budding romance, dangerous trials, and the harrowing daily lives of the prisoners, Noni also grants us a rebel plot, secret magic, and a mysterious, supposedly incurable disease that rips through the prisoners (I somehow seem to be drawn to b ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
THIS WAS SO GOOOOOOOD!!! no one even talk to me until the sequel is out
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Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy, ya
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This was a new one for me: I greatly enjoyed the book until the last four sentences. They revealed the plot of book two and I likely will not get the rest of the books in the series as a result (it is a planned trilogy). That said, I have to respect how the author tread a fine line between the horrors and grimness of prison while balancing it with some humanity and compassion. It could have been overwhelmingly depress
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-e-arc
This book was actually AMAZING. I cannot recommend it enough!
Kiva is in a deadly prison where she's the prison healer, when suddenly the Rebel Queen arrives and Kiva volunteers to take her place in the Trials which will try to kill you in four different ways by air, fire, water, and earth. Not only does she receive unusual help in the trials, nothing is as it seems. This book has a magic, political dealings, royalty, and amazing characters.
Not only is this book absolutely unpredictable, where I
Penguin Books Australia
The following reviews have been shared by Penguin Random House Australia - publisher of The Prison Healer.

Lynette Noni is a masterful storyteller. A must-read for any fantasy lover! – SARAH J. MAAS, #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES AND A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES SERIES

I look forward to a new book by Lynette Noni every time. Her talent and her heart shine in The Prison Healer, and she continues to impress with her storytelling. – TERRY BROOKS, #1 NEW YORK TIMES
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Advance copy from NetGalley

This has been parked on my kindle for a while, and I started it today and just read until I was done. It didn’t really break new ground in YA fantasy, but it was well-written, and I liked the characters. I figured out one of the twists, but not the last one. It’s always nice to be surprised, but I’m kicking myself for not seeing it coming. It’s probably going to fuel some heavy duty angst in the next book, but I hope I’m wrong about that.
Fans of Throne of Glass and it
Nov 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, ebook
19/11/2020: Thanks Netgalley for providing an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Amber (The Book Bratz)
Thank you so much HMH for the eGalley! RTC soon!
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provided ARC to review. Highly intense read with surprise twist ending that will have you scanning back into the meat of the book to figure out the clues you missed. Beautifully written and engrossing. Cannot wait for this book to be published plus read the next book in the series! Insane read!
Kyla Gergely
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the publisher, and this book is a wild ride. My emotions were tested, as were all my thoughts. What I knew at the beginning is not what I knew at the end and I am desperately in need of the sequel. This book was more than I could have hoped for and everyone needs to find time to spend with The Prisoner Healer!
Thank you so much to Penguin Teen Australia for sending me an arc for this book! AHHH AHHH AHHH I loved it so much!

After reading and loving all of Lynette Noni’s other books, I expected nothing less but amazingness for this one, and it did not disappoint! Noni’s simple and sweet writing style was once again evident in this book, which I loved so much as well- I often struggle to get into fantasies because of its complexity, but I had no troubles with this one! Nor did this book lack world-build
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Holy smokes! That ending!!! I need book two ASAP. This book had magic, royalty, and challenges. I loved it. The characters were well written and again, the ending!!!
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a 5 star read. There is literally nothing I can say that will take away from the fact that this book blew my mind and any expectations I had had out of the water. It was that good. So good in fact, that I would have nothing remotely “meh” to say if it hadn’t been for the last page of the novel. And that frustrates me. But I’ll get into that in a second; first I’m going to sing the books praises.

Scratch that-- first I’m going to summarize this bad boy, then I’m going to sing it praises.

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Lynette Noni studied journalism and academic writing at university before completing a degree in human behavior. She lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia and can be found baking cupcakes, singing along to animated movies, or daydreaming about being swept away to a fantasy world. Some days, she can even do all three at once — and still find the time to sneak in a nap afterwards.

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