Narrator: Jeanette Illidge
Series: The Prison Healer #3
Published by Penguin Random House Australia
Published on 31 May 2022
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: my home library
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She'd failed them. All of them. And now she was paying the price.
Kiva thought she knew what she wanted--revenge. But feelings change, people change . . . everything has changed.
After what happened at the palace, Kiva is desperate to know if her friends and family are safe, and whether those she wronged can ever forgive her. But with the kingdoms closer to the brink of war than they've ever been, and Kiva far away from the conflict, more is at stake than her own broken heart.
A fresh start will mean a perilous quest, forcing mortal enemies and uneasy allies together in a race against the clock to save not just Evalon, but all of Wenderall. With her loyalties now set, Kiva can no longer just survive--she must fight for what she believes in. For who she believes in. But with danger coming from every side, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, does she have what it takes to stand, or will she fall?
Oh gosh, I don’t even know what to say.
I loved everything about this book.
I loved that Kiva was training her power. I loved the developing relationships with both old and new characters. I loved the plot twists, even if Noni has now trained me to expect at least two and I could guess these ones pretty early on – that’s not to say that detracts from the book in any way, as half the fun of a plot twist is having a suspicion confirmed.
While I thought this was going to be another prison book, Kiva is actually pulled out the prison (sorry I listened to the audiobook and I don’t know if it’s spelled Zalindoff or Zalindorf or something completely different) pretty early on and sent on a road trip to retreive some magical artifacts.
What I loved most about this plot was that Kiva’s found family went with her.
I also found it pretty reasonable that she didn’t spill the beans to Jaren about what had actually happened to her. He was so mad at her, and I totally bought her attitude towards him and her desire to just let him go. Normally I’m not a fan of poor communicators or those who hold back information for no reason other than to increase plot conflict, but in this instance I felt like it really worked. I think it was because we as the audience knew, but Jaren didn’t, and that made all the difference.
I loved the escalating conflicts, how the conflicts were resolved, the pacing, the writing, the characters, just everything.
I also loved the audiobook narrator and definitely appreciated the different voices she took on to represent the different characters, especially Nari, Jaren, Calden, and Tipp.
I was raging part way through because this is one of those books where I fiercely loved most of the characters and didn’t want them to die, or pretty much suffer at all. I would watch this gang plan for a party. I would watch this gang go grocery shopping.
Everything about this entire series is so spot on. I’m kind of sad that it’s over, but I’m also in a really good place right now, having finished this series. I’m happy and content, and I’m looking forward to Noni’s next offering after she takes a much-deserved break.