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The Prison Healer

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"Lynette Noni is a masterful storyteller. A must-read for any fantasy lover!" -- SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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 a
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jessica
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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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.



THE PRISON HEALER kind of
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Maria V. Snyder
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Phrynne
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2021
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
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
My April FairyLoot. Now I’ve skipped the May FairyLoot because it’s the same book as the April Owlcrate that I skipped too. That being said, I love the artwork in the box but a few pieces I don’t care for and this happens a lot. I’m thinking I’ll put together the stuff from boxes I haven’t thrown away and see if some of one of my close friends from Goodreads want to exchange for an Amazon gift card. That being said, let’s crack on with the goods. Click on the spoiler after the picture to see the ...more
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.
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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
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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
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Jodie✨
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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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
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leela
Dec 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Christine Manzari
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!
Darce
buddy read with the dear Macy!

oh my god, this was amazingggg!! i'm fully and absolutely blown away be the ending - i think my soul actually left my body due to shock for a hot second there - and i'm crazy desperate for book #2! Lynette Noni's writing was wonderful as always, and her characters had even more depth and brilliance than i expected; i really, really, REALLY loved Kiva. i was not letdown!!

i'm actually dying to get my hands on book #2, thank god it's released this Oct! thanks to my gi
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Ashley Haas
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PERFECTION!!! *chef’s kiss*

THIS IS MY NUMBER ONE BOOK OF 2021!!!

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
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Becky Osborne
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I came across the blurb for this book, I was very intrigued. I was then lucky enough to to receive a review copy from Hodder (thank you!!) The story is set in an inescapable prison where people tend not to survive the conditions. Kiva has been there for ten years, since she was seven and, as she is a healer, she has avoided the worst the prison offers. She also has occasional contact from the outside world which causes her to believe she will one day be rescued. As events turn out she has t ...more
A_Girl_Reads
2,5 stars

The Prison Healer had a promising beginning and a wild ending, but its middle left me bored and kind of disappointed. The characters and the plot didn't spark any emotion in me, something that was a huge downfall as I'm an emotional reader through and through.

The trials our protagonist had to pass, the political drama and the romance seemed to me very YA generic. Also, some of the most shocking scenes appeared to be there just for the reader to sympathize with the protagonists, which in
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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
Rachel Kathryn Wright
The ending of this book was everything! I wasn’t sure I was going to read the sequel because the storyline is similar to other books I have read, but the ending did it for me. The main character Kiva was a very intriguing and mysterious character and is discovered why in the end, she was a good lead especially in the second half of the book. It did take a while to connect with her, unlike Tipp who was a consistent great character. I love him, he was my favorite in the book, and I hope he is seen ...more
Alaina
Ever since I got The Prison Healer in my FairyLoot box, well, I was really excited to dive into it. The cover is beyond freaking gorgeous and so are the sprayed pages. Unfortunately, work had other plans for me and I went rogue. Dove into the audiobook instead bitches.

First off, this book's prologue completely sucked me in. I'll admit that I was hooked and ready for this wild adventure to take me away from real life problems. In it, you will meet Kiva. She is a prisoner who faces a crap ton of c
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Nessa Luna [October Tune]
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4.5 Stars

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni is pretty far out of my comfort zone, however I was willing to give it a try because Noni’s Whisper series was so enjoyable. I am glad I decided to pick this one up, as its fast pacing and high stakes gripped me from page one. The main character is also dynamic, and the setting is described in vivid detail. For those looking for a darker fantasy, this is definitely one to check out.

Having spent ten years in a death prison
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Mara
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
3.5 stars -- OK, so the ending of this book was WILD. Like, it's worth reading purely for that IMO (though maybe that's overselling it? Don't expect like some 6th Sense level reveal, but it's really fun & I didn't see it coming). So this is a solid first entry in a YA fantasy series, where we've got our MC who is a gifted healer but she's stuck in an awful prison in ye olde fantasie world. She's survived by hook or by crook for the last 10 years, though most die in this prison within the first 6 ...more
anna ✩
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars!

This book was just so good ???

I went into this completely without expectations and also knowing nothing about the plot so this was delightful surprise.

The magic system is intriguing, the world is fantastic, and the characters are just down right incredible.

This book had me fooled all the way through and then completely spun me around in the last few pages.

It is mind blowing-ly good and everyone should read it right now!
Tilly
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 also 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 as 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 struggle
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Katherine
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That ending!!!!! 😌

(4.7 🌟's)
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✩ Yaz ✩
3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️

“I have a lot of dreams. A lot of nightmares, too. Only time will tell which path my life will take.”

The Prison Healer is a YA fantasy following the story of Zalindov's prison healer, seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan. The author weaves magic and political schemes into the story.

I think the premise and the glowing reviews gave me high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.

Don't get me wrong, I still like some aspects of it and I
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Harishma
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
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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.

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