ARC Review: The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni


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 ten years, her only goal has been 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.


The Gilded Cage is second book in the The Prison Healer series, the final one in the triology is expected to be released in October 2022.  Kiva has escaped the death prison, Zalindov, and is now living in the royal palace. She is struggling to suppress and hide her magic and trying to decide where her allegiances lie and finds her loyalties torn between her rebel siblings and her royal friends.  The pace is much slower in this book and there is a lot less drama and action, but we learn a lot more about the back history of the characters and the politics of the world.  We also get to see life outside of Zalindov prison, exploring the towns and scenery.  The writing is wonderfully descriptive and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns to hold the reader’s interest

Kiva continues to be a strong, fierce and loyal character, however her divided loyalties account for why she is much more indecisive.  Jaren is fiercely protective of her and their chemistry and interactions are fabulous. This slow burn romance takes an unexpected turn right at the end and I’m intrigued and excited to follow its development in the final instalment.  Naari was one of my favourite characters in The Prison Healer, she took much more of a backseat in this story and sadly I didn’t think her personality shone through as much.  Tipp is still as cute as a button and unexpectedly I found myself rooting for Caldon, who plays a much more significant role here.

A slower paced sequel, however the world, characters and storyline continue to be complex and intriguing.  The ending was completely unexpected and a bit of a shocker.  I’m really looking forward to reading the final book and finding out how the events that transpired in The Gilded Cage will unravel.  

Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton 
Publication Date (UK):  7 October 2021
Series:  The Prison Healer #1
Format:  eARC/eBook
Page Count:  400
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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