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The Prison Healer

(The Prison Healer #1)

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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,
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Phrynne
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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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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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❀ 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
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
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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.

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
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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
leela
Dec 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Mara
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
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
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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Harishma
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 3-star, arc2020
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
Jessica McKenna
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
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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Samantha Young
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favourites
Lynette Noni weaves an atmospheric and gripping tale of survival, intrigue and romance in this beautifully-crafted fantasy adventure.
Kiva is a tremendously strong heroine with a compelling voice. The story was addictive and fast-paced and it was reminiscent for me of Maria V. Snyder and Kristin Cashore. I'm pretty sure fans of either will love this book!
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Monogamist
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook-copy
Thank you so much Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book.

“Holy Moly! This was fantastic!” I may have not used the exact words, probably something more colourful, but this book really left me with so many feelings and a dropped jaw that took me ages to fix. I am actually really excited to share this review.

The Prison Healer tells you the story of our brave Kiva, who has been brought to the prison of Zalindon when she was very little, where nobody ever leaves, unless dead. She
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A_Girl_Reads
Mar 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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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Brooklyn Tayla
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Prison Healer from Penguin Books Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
I can completely remember sitting in the crowd at, I think it was Supanova 2019 and silently brimming in all my capacity as a fangirl when Lynette Noni fleetingly spoke about her ‘then-in-the-works’ project, a book primarily set in a prison. At the time, we were celebrating the Weapon launch, which of course is the conclusion to her perfectly amazing Whisper duology, but
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Maya
holy guacamole i need the second book right now
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
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
What is this - the crime and thriller addict Mandy is reading not only a YA book but a fantasy YA book??? Yes, I did and I loved it. I haven't read alot of fantasy books but I do love the Shadowhunter books (Magnus) and anything that Lynette Noni writes. After meeting her at Supernova when Whisper was first released and chatting for ages about Game of Thrones I decided to give her books a try. Since then I become a big big fan and was so excited to hear that she had a new series out this year.

An
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Rosie
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
I read an ARC so I hope they include content warnings in the finished copy but just in case they don’t:
- Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, self-harm, torture, graphic depictions of cremation.

It really scares me when books intended for young people include self-harm in such a casual way. I wouldn’t be recommending this book to anyone below the age of 16 - maybe even older - just for the possibility of them romanticising self-harm due to the way it is included.

In addition, many of the events in
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Grace
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
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laur gluchie
Feb 23, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
I have received a digital Advance Reader’s Copy of this book through NetGalley. This has not affected my rating in any way.
Karen
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-netgalley
The Prison Healer follows much the same format as other young adult fantasies, we have a magic system, perilous trials and a rebellion, but what sets it slightly apart from the rest is the atmospheric prison setting in which the entire story is situated. The author has a lovely imaginative writing style and describes in detail the prison setting and its surroundings and I became totally immersed reading about the harsh brutalities of daily prison life and the characters within. This is a grim st ...more
Madison
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Alex
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
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Natasha | readwithnatasha
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Andee
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Ava
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
Mattie
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
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
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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.
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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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