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I am back with another fairyloot subscription book review; this book is from this year’s April box. This is my second fairyloot readalong and because this book is bigger it was a bit harder this time to keep up with the schedule so I tried my best to finish it when I could. The readalong was from 31st May to 4th June. I also entered the April photo challenge for fairyloot, you can check out my photo on instagram, my handle is @book_latte_kech and you can check out other photos in the challenge under the tag #fairyphoto49 on instagram.


Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan is a survivor. For ten years, she has worked as the healer in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, making herself indispensable. Kept afloat by messages of hope from her family, Kiva has one goal and one goal only: stay alive.

Then one day the infamous Rebel Queen arrives at the prison on death’s door and Kiva receives a new message: Don’t let her die. We are coming.

The queen is sentenced to 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. Aware the sickly queen has little chance of making it through the Trials alive, Kiva volunteers to take her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

And 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.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: 5/5 stars

Pages: 403

Trigger: Drug overdose, child abuse

Kiva has been in Zalindov prison for 10 years which is longer than most people survive in the Kingdom’s death prison. She has been receiving notes, which she believes are from her family, which has kept her survival instincts intact. The notes have mostly been telling her to survive for the past 10 years but when the Rebel Queen is brought to Zalindov for her elemental trials, Kiva’s note changes and asks her to save the Rebel Queen by any means because she will be rescued. The Rebel Queen is too ill to face the Ordeals, this leads to Kiva making the decision to step in as her champion.

There is a new prisoner who is very taken with Kiva and despite her warnings, is trying to get close to her. She doesn’t want to know more about him or why he is in Zalindov but despite trying very hard to be objective about him, she finds herself increasingly drawn to him.

Despite the fact that the story is from Kiva’s perspective, she is very secretive and only gives the barest amount of information about her past. She doesn’t even talk much about the family that is outside Zalindov, if she talks about her family at all, it is only about the dead members of her family, especially her father. This means that we don’t get any warning before shocking revelations are made.

I loved this book and gave it 5 out of 5 stars because the plot as well as the main character was mysterious right till the end so I was very intrigued. I hope there is another book after this because I want to know what happens to the romance between Jaren and Kiva when he finds out who she really is after they arrive at the capital. Also I want to know what lengths Kiva will go to in other to reclaim the crown. Kiva is such a skilful liar that I would like to see how she explains herself to Jaren. Lynette Noni confirmed that there is a second book coming out in a live instagram stream with fairyloot on Monday 7th June 2021, so I am looking forward to the next book.

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