The first book in Lynette Noni's newest trilogy is full of rebellion, love, survival and war.
Kiva, a wrongfully imprisoned 17-year-old, tends to the wounded and ill in her role as the Prison Healer at Zalindov prison. It is a home to every dangerous and rebellious being who threatens the throne, and those who get caught in the chaos.
Keeping a low profile was easy, until new admission, Jarren, finds Kiva much too interesting. Tinctures and potions are no longer her focus as chaos descends upon the prison. In the heat of the rebellion revival, Kiva is thrust into a world of politics she desperately tried to avoid. How will she keep her secret now?
A beautiful story on the nature of love, whether of blood relatives or chosen family. Noni creates a cut-throat world with complex character development, all the while entwining a plot of mystery, keeping you hooked at every turn. I couldn’t put this down!
From bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir.
Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.
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.
'Lynette Noni is a masterful storyteller. A must-read for any fantasy lover!' SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York