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Kiva trades one cage for another when she leaves behind a deadly prison for a deceptive palace in this dark and dangerous sequel to The Prison Healer, which Sarah J. Maas called "a must-read".

Kiva Meridan is a survivor.

She survived not only Zalindov prison, but also the deadly Trial by Ordeal. Now Kiva’s purpose goes beyond survival to vengeance. For the past 10 years, her only goal was to reunite with her family and destroy the people responsible for ruining their lives. But now that she has escaped Zalindov, her mission has become more complicated than ever.

As Kiva settles into her new life in the capital, she discovers she wasn’t the only one who suffered while she was in Zalindov - her siblings and their beliefs have changed, too. Soon it’s not just her enemies she’s keeping secrets from, but her own family as well.

Outside the city walls, tensions are brewing from the rebels, along with whispers of a growing threat from the northern kingdoms. Kiva’s allegiances are more important than ever, but she’s beginning to question where they truly lie. To survive this time, she’ll have to navigate a complicated web of lies before both sides of the battle turn against her and she loses everything.

©2021 by Lynette Noni (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great sequel

I really enjoyed the twists and turns. The writing and narration made it easy to get lost in the story. The author has a fluid writing style that is neither florid nor simple. Leoni has created a beautifully complex world with a subtle touch, rather than the lazy slapping the reader in the face with pages of exposition of the characters explaining every detail style that so many authors do.
The only complaints I have are the communication, or rather, the lack thereof. I just wish Kiva wasn't so naive when obviously being lied to, and that she would have at least tried confiding in the two people who she knew without a doubt she could trust. Sometimes she just stood there, not speaking or telling them anything because of "plot reasons" to make things harder.

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Honestly surprised!

At the ending of the Prison Healer, the last few lines blindsided me a bit. I had suspensions that something was going on behind the scenes but the narrator did a great job delivering that ending! Even with my messed up mixed emotions I had to read the sequel and I am so glad I did! The emotion was there, new characters introduced, the twists and the end, and I loved being able to read more into these characters to learn why certain things were happening! This is a really fun series and I am ready for the next book!

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Great book and series

I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I was so stressed at the end of this book and I’m looking forward to the third one. 4.5 rating on the actual story and plot! Loved it.

The performance on the audiobook was average. It felt like she randomly used British accents because her range was limited. Like why would Jaren’s family have British accents but not him? Anyways, it wasn’t awful but certainly not the best performance I’ve heard.