The Prison Healer

The Prison Healer #1

Lynette Noni

fiction fantasy young adult
dark emotional slow-paced

421 pages | first published 2021

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.

From bestselling author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, and Sabaa Tahir.

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adventurous 72%
dark 72%
mysterious 63%
tense 54%
emotional 40%
challenging 31%
hopeful 18%
sad 13%


medium 72%
fast 22%
slow 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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