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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 ten years, he 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 ten 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.


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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 ten years, he 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 ten 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.

30 review for The Gilded Cage

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    omg. that last page has me S T R E S S E D. i can already feel the pre-mature ageing happening because of it. 😫 this definitely doesnt suffer from ‘second book syndrome.’ its such a strong sequel that i feel is even better when it comes to developed characters (tipp still has my heart), plot (even more political scheming with so many new players in the game), and writing (really good pacing). but similar to the first book, whats keeping me from giving this 5 stars is the way the plot unfolds (aka omg. that last page has me S T R E S S E D. i can already feel the pre-mature ageing happening because of it. 😫 this definitely doesnt suffer from ‘second book syndrome.’ its such a strong sequel that i feel is even better when it comes to developed characters (tipp still has my heart), plot (even more political scheming with so many new players in the game), and writing (really good pacing). but similar to the first book, whats keeping me from giving this 5 stars is the way the plot unfolds (aka the reveals towards the end). its pretty twisty, but nothing specific really shocked me and each little thing still feels very dang convenient. however, the overall vibe is pretty effective, as i do feel very anxious for the characters at the moment. but only because of that last page. my goodness. the next book better cure the ulcer i now have. lol. thanks clarion books for the ARC! ↠ 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    This is the second instalment in The Prison Healer series. Kiva escaped the death-prison, that was her home for the past decade, and now resides in the opulence of the palace. She is out of place there, and not merely due to her lack of royal blood but for the secrets she keeps close to her. If who she really is, and who her family are aligned with, ever become exposed then her death will be the outcome. But, for now, she sleeps soundly inside the lair of those she once thought her enemy, leading This is the second instalment in The Prison Healer series. Kiva escaped the death-prison, that was her home for the past decade, and now resides in the opulence of the palace. She is out of place there, and not merely due to her lack of royal blood but for the secrets she keeps close to her. If who she really is, and who her family are aligned with, ever become exposed then her death will be the outcome. But, for now, she sleeps soundly inside the lair of those she once thought her enemy, leading her to wonder if the allies and antagonists of her story had became twisted along the way. This second series instalment was a bit more of a quieter one, compared to what had come prior to it. It was no less of an enjoyable read for this, however. Kiva had much to ponder and her focus lay in understanding the political machinations that the different individuals around her would have her take a central role in. This led to a slower-pace, a gentle unravelling of the story, and fewer shocking reveals. It also ensured a true understanding of world politics, a better feel for the geography of the land, as well as those who reside within it, and a well set-up third book, which I am very much looking forward to reading. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Lynette Noni, and the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, for this opportunity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    After escaping the Zalindov prison with Jaren, Tipp and Naari, Kiva Meridan found herself free for the first time in ten long years. She’d been seven years old on her incarceration with her father, and after he passed away, she was on her own, except for the orphan, Tipp. Now they were all in the palace at the capital, joining Jaren’s parents, the King and Queen, plus his siblings, Mirryn and Caldon. But Kiva found herself torn, knowing her siblings, Zuleeka and Torell, were outside the city gat After escaping the Zalindov prison with Jaren, Tipp and Naari, Kiva Meridan found herself free for the first time in ten long years. She’d been seven years old on her incarceration with her father, and after he passed away, she was on her own, except for the orphan, Tipp. Now they were all in the palace at the capital, joining Jaren’s parents, the King and Queen, plus his siblings, Mirryn and Caldon. But Kiva found herself torn, knowing her siblings, Zuleeka and Torell, were outside the city gates somewhere. She needed to contact them, knowing they were part of the rebels who were constantly fighting with the Vallentis family with vengeance in their hearts. Kiva became more confused as time went forward – her loyalties lay with her siblings, didn’t they? But the welcome and caring that came from Jaren and those who surrounded him gave her something she’d missed desperately for the past ten years – the love and caring of a family. Her feelings for Jaren were complicated, his for her obvious to everyone. But when Zuleeka demanded she act as a spy within the royal family, Kiva found her feelings changing. What would she do? It was either Torell and Zuleeka – or Jaren and the royal family – she couldn’t have both… The Gilded Cage is the 2nd in The Prison Healer trilogy by Aussie author Lynette Noni and WOW!! What a follow up to The Prison Healer this one has proven to be! Fast paced, heart-in-mouth moments, devastation for Kiva, shock – it was all there and more. I loved it and found it difficult to put down. I’m really looking forward to the final book in the trilogy – The Blood Traitor, to be published in 2022. Highly recommended. With thanks to Penguin Random House for my copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yeganeh(Taylor's version)

    LYNETTE NONI HOW DARE YOU??? this book was like knowing titanic will eventually sink and you still watch it sink at the end and feel the stab of pain all over again. like the main character, reading this book was like walking on two edged sword , either you have to betray the new family you found and be with your true family (your family ain't a normal family , the rebel cause) or put your real family aside and be with your lover and the new found family , (which again it's another family betrayin LYNETTE NONI HOW DARE YOU??? this book was like knowing titanic will eventually sink and you still watch it sink at the end and feel the stab of pain all over again. like the main character, reading this book was like walking on two edged sword , either you have to betray the new family you found and be with your true family (your family ain't a normal family , the rebel cause) or put your real family aside and be with your lover and the new found family , (which again it's another family betraying) YOU ARE LOSER EITHER WAY (Actually , to be perfectly honest, there are multiple ways to preserve that , ngl😏) 🛑 This review is Spoiler Free 🛑 ═══ ↞✸↠ ═══ The Gilded Cage is a book full of drama and deceit. And i will go this much far to sat that the characters here are in their less intelligemce🙃. ECXEPT FOR ONE PERSON THAT I WILL GET TO HIM LATER. I seriously need to talk to kiva (The main character). because, even when you’re mad at her, you still want to love her. This installment only works because she makes some seriously questionable decisions,. like girl , either go to your family and betray your prince , or be with your prince and betray your family , at least this way you can keep one of them , but absolutely you have to be pain in the ass and lose them both🙂😑🙃 You need to choose . It’s him or us. Them or us. You can’t have it both ways. Kiva pushed her sister’s voice away and, through dry lips, asked, “Choose?” and honestly, this girl lived a fair amount of her life in that bloody prison, everyday stressful than the other. and even though she just only broke out of that hell hound, she has to choose and betray and do something. like give her some peace for ever-world's love,WOULD Y'ALL?? Noni also uses this opportunity, and then the book as a whole, to explore Jarren’s character. Kiva’s seen him under life-threatening pressure, so now she explores other aspects of his personality. He continues to be the caring and just prince which makes her allegiance to the rebels all that harder. I will say that building him up in this manner meant that Jarren had no obvious flaws. In retrospect, he is incredibly trusting but during the story he comes off as a little too perfect. I do look forward to seeing Jarren react to the ending of this book, once the next one comes out. And the romance! don't get me start with that because ahhhhh Jaren was so soft, he didn’t hold back in his affection for Kiva, all the while ensuring she wasn’t overwhelmed in adjusting to life outside Zalindov. I love the romance just as it is. even though we didn't got chance to further swooning over them 😭😭 I wouldn’t have minded the book being longer if it added a few extra romantic chapters, but as it was, by this point, I trust Noni will not let me down and will floor me in the finale. ═══ ↞✸↠ ═══ The first is that I know exactly who you are, Kiva Corentine, and I have almost since the day we met.” Okay I really like jaren , but if you think he is my favorite, you are abosofuckinglutely WRONG. LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO : (please don't say my name , please don't say my name) Prince Caldon 🥰🥰🥰 anyway guys , he is so great, we didn't get enough of him in last book , but I'm so happy we had him and his sarcasm here. he is very loyal to his family and i just love everything about this family and their interaction. about the quote i put there , just wanted to mention that he is also observant and smart(Yeah remember i said there's one person who is at his best?? There you go 🤗) don't freaking underestimate him or he : " I mean it. as much as I love you, if i get so much as a hint that you've lied to me and you're planning to hurt my family, I'll slit your throat myself. Understood??" caldon and Kiva's friendship was so sweet ugh I love that so much. The training and conversations they had together were amazingg, special when Kiva's brother came to palace and you see: Have you seen him?” Caldon interrupted. “Corentine or not, anyone with functioning eyes would be attracted to him.” And while I think your sister is a nasty piece of work, your brother —” “Please don’t start telling me how attractive he is again.” I mean , YES HOLY SHIT YES. please for the love of god Torell and caldon???i didn't know that could be a thing bro. i don't want a possible romance between Caldon and TORELL , I WANT A FUCKING ROMANCE FOR THEM. PLEASE HEAR ME MISS NONI. (and thanks for not making this into love triangle miss noni or I'll ... 💀 ) ═══ ↞✸↠ ═══ After Noni pulled the mother of all twists in The Prison Healer, I spent a good majority of The Gilded Cage trying to anticipate jaw dropping plot twists. Silly me who thought she knows what will happen at the end but , i guess the jokes on me . Noni is clearly a master in the art of deception and misdirection. The one thing The Gilded Cage promises is what you think you know… think again. The ending left me dry mouthed, unable to breathe properly for some time and a cold horrible hollowness in my chest. It is the definition of a painful cliffhanger. So, naturally, I can quite easily say this is the best YA series of 2021. Also ,i was asking myself during this book , why "The Gilded Cage"? i guess after that unfortunate and unfair ending , i got my answer.🤐😪😪 Poor Kiva. petition for kiva to sign her up for therapy session. The Blood Traitor is going to be full throttle, and a nomination for the crowning spot as my most anticipated 2022 release. LET THE WAITING BEGAN.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kezia Duah

    Due to past trauma from the second book of a series not living up to the first, I was really scared when I started this book. Alas, the trauma continues. I now know that there’s a term for it and it’s called middle book syndrome. I waited months for this! Noni, why ???! Okay okay, I actually have some good things to say. Jaren is so fucking sweet. We don’t always need a cold, moody, emotionally abusive male character, cause apparently, that’s what is hot for some bookworms, but we really need mo Due to past trauma from the second book of a series not living up to the first, I was really scared when I started this book. Alas, the trauma continues. I now know that there’s a term for it and it’s called middle book syndrome. I waited months for this! Noni, why ???! Okay okay, I actually have some good things to say. Jaren is so fucking sweet. We don’t always need a cold, moody, emotionally abusive male character, cause apparently, that’s what is hot for some bookworms, but we really need more sweet characters like him. His love for Kiva was so fucking good. A part of me was actually mad at Kiva for lying to him throughout the book. Literally, he defended her so many times and it was some of the hottest words I’ve ever read. He trusted her so much and he literally fell so hard. I like how their relationship is not forced though. As a slow-burn romance girl, I approve! I think why I didn’t absolutely love this book is because I fell in love with the darkness that was constantly surrounding the story in the first book, and I didn’t really feel that way for this one. As much I love plot twists, I’m not a fan of when nothing interesting happens for like 75% of the book and all the fun is saved for the last chapters. Nevertheless, Noni is definitely a queen of plot twists and cliffhangers. I have a feeling the third book will make up for this book, so as soon as it’s ready to preorder, I’ll be dropping some dollar bills like I’m not a full time student that needs to save money. ‼️SPOILERS‼️ Zuleeka was such an intriguing character. It’s been a while since I was really impressed by a villain. Obviously, I didn’t really like her and sensed she was gonna cause trouble, but she really took it to another level. I can’t wait to read what she’s gonna do next in the third book. Kiva’s grandmother’s character will be greatly missed. I loved her. Kiva is going to back to Zalindov??! Did I read that right ? Oh shit! Lastly, please Noni, I am literally begging on my knees!!! Get Jaren and Kiva back together. I beg you! Like what do you want me to do?? Just tell me! Your wish is my command. 3.8⭐️

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 AMAZING STARS 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟 UM—I AM NOT OKAY. LITERALLY FEEL LIKE I'M HAVING A FREAKING HEART ATTACK (Though its actually a panic attack; my life is not in danger—no worries, bc obviously I know you were worried, my lovely bookish friends! 😝) What IS in danger is my freaking sanity! First, Empire Of The Vampire & now this? Two books that were (unofficially—5 stars just doesn't do certain novels justice. *le sigh*) Million+ Star Reads whose endings have destroyed me. This book utterly, Star Rating: —> 5 AMAZING STARS 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟 UM—I AM NOT OKAY. LITERALLY FEEL LIKE I'M HAVING A FREAKING HEART ATTACK (Though its actually a panic attack; my life is not in danger—no worries, bc obviously I know you were worried, my lovely bookish friends! 😝) What IS in danger is my freaking sanity! First, Empire Of The Vampire & now this? Two books that were (unofficially—5 stars just doesn't do certain novels justice. *le sigh*) Million+ Star Reads whose endings have destroyed me. This book utterly, completely bloody destroyed me. Do all aussie authors love destroying us?! Hahah. (Just kidding, obviously! Sorry my wonderful Aussie sister, Darcey!!! 😉) RTC

  7. 5 out of 5

    ⭐Navier Empress⭐

    100% going to be a favorite trilogy of mine. Because this was the second book I unconsciously put it off for as long as possible until it got to the point that I needed something to read, and now I wish I would have put it off longer because now I have to wait for the third book. Second books are so iff-y! It sets my nerves on edge. But I can confidently say, this does not suffer from “second book syndrome.” I am very attached to these characters, which is kind of a big deal for me right now beca 100% going to be a favorite trilogy of mine. Because this was the second book I unconsciously put it off for as long as possible until it got to the point that I needed something to read, and now I wish I would have put it off longer because now I have to wait for the third book. Second books are so iff-y! It sets my nerves on edge. But I can confidently say, this does not suffer from “second book syndrome.” I am very attached to these characters, which is kind of a big deal for me right now because I’m kind of in a book slump and a lot of YA characters are testing my patience. I did an evaluation on all of the characters in my review of the first book, but I went to check on it and like half of it was completely deleted, so thats fun. Anyway, characters are amazing. SPOILERS !! One of my favorite things however, was the underlying betrayal, how it affected them, and how it turned out. It is a guilty pleasure of mine to love when characters have a HUGE secret- (in this case, and some others, being in a rebellion against the crown, or being secretly kind of royalty) that being said in general terms.)- to hide from each other, and yes I know it is not a good start to a relationship but It's usually one of my favorite tropes when it comes to enemies to lovers. Which they might be after this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lara (larainsidebooks)

    Thank you so much NetGalley for giving me the chance to review this! August 31st I didn’t see it until it was too late. And I almost regret reading this early because I have to wait until next year now. This book will make you think that everyone is safe, while in reality, anyone could betray anyone (sounds like something from Red Queen). Read my thoughts on The Prison Healer here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... At first, I felt like the stakes weren't high enough, because Kiva is finall Thank you so much NetGalley for giving me the chance to review this! August 31st I didn’t see it until it was too late. And I almost regret reading this early because I have to wait until next year now. This book will make you think that everyone is safe, while in reality, anyone could betray anyone (sounds like something from Red Queen). Read my thoughts on The Prison Healer here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... At first, I felt like the stakes weren't high enough, because Kiva is finally free from Zalindov and can start her life without the fear of dying. Which obviously isn't true, because not only is she supposed to spy on the royal family for her siblings, but she is their biggest threat. Lynette Noni managed to convince me that there is no real threat and that everything will be alright, while also somehow keep me on the edge of my seat waiting for something to happen. Kiva left the prison with determination to bring the Vallentis family to their knees, but the more time she spends with them, the harder it gets. Not only is she falling for Jaren, but his family seems so perfect and loving, not to mention that he is beloved by his people, who believe that he is the ruler they've been waiting for. Of course, this puts Kiva in a difficult position. She has to decide which side is she going to fight for and who is she going to betray. Kiva's internal battle was central to this story and it caused her a lot of problems. I really enjoyed learning more about the world and the lore of this world and it all actually play a really important part in the plot. With the addition of some new characters, there are actually more lives at stakes than you could think of. I think that Lynette Noni portrayed that false safety perfectly, because even I as a reader, who should expect something big to happen, didn't make all the connections until it was too late and was practically screaming and gasping along with Kiva when she realized some things. I mean, the cover was right there and I didn't get it until the end (wink wink). The relationships in this book are slowly growing stronger and with new characters being more developed, the list of people I care about is getting longer! I had my predictions about potential deaths for some characters ((view spoiler)[ I'm pretty sure Caldon will die in the next book, but I actually thought Torrell might die in this one. Luckily, Kiva healed him! (hide spoiler)] ). I can't wait how the events of this book will impact these characters and how their final journey will look like in the next book! The ending of this book left me in a shock so great, that I tossed and turned in my bed and everytime I tried to finally fall asleep, all I could think about was the final scene. I'm sure that the first few chapters of The Blood Traitor (I thought the title had an entirely different meaning.. just shows how good of a story Lynette Noni wrote) are going to be brutal to read. But I can't wait. OKAY SPOILER THOUGHTS BELOW - DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THE BOOK (view spoiler)[ THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING MOMENTS I WANT TO SCREAM Jaren setting up a date for Kiva!!!!!! HE IS PRECIOUS. Also, he trusts her WITH HIS LIFE and constantly shares with her details about him or his family, without knowing that she could use this against him. He is just so clueless and IN LOVE. And Kiva fighting her urge to help her family and get more information from him + ACTUALLY ASKING HIM "Please don't tell me" ...... HEARTBREAKING Caldon is precious too! He is a true friend to Kiva <3 If anything happens to him..... JAREN WAKING KIVA UP FROM HER NIGHTMARE. JAREN TAKING HER TO VISIT SICK CHILDREN. JAREN ASKING HER TO SLEEP IN HIS BED. JAREN SAVING KIVA FROM HIS MOTHER. JAREN GIVING HER THE AMULET TO PROTECT HER FROM ELEMENTAL MAGIC, EVEN FROM HIMSELF. JAREN JAREN JAREN JAREEEEEEEEEEN (if you can't tell, I love him) Zuleeka betraying everyone!!!!!!!!!! I'M STILL NOT OKAY I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. Lynette Noni you genius! "I want you to have it as a reminder of tonight.... I want you to remember, every day, until you no longer can." (hide spoiler)] August 27th I GOT AN E-ARC OF THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see if my predictions are true May 8th PREDICTIONS/WHAT I'M EXPECTING/WHAT I'M HOPING HAPPENS (not that I've read the book, I also included my comments + discussing what actually happened vs. my predictions) (view spoiler)[ What if Jarin already knows or someone knows who Kiva really is and he actually went to the prison not only to get information from Tilda, but also to see if Kiva is a threat? NOW THAT WOULD BE A REAL PLOT TWIST Turns out Caldon knew exactly who she was and he still befriended her!!!! I was so scared that he is going to turn her in, but he trust her. And he likes her brother!!!! It will be interesting to see how he will keep Jaren from never wanting to see Kiva ever again and how is he going to explain the fact that he knew her identity and did not tell his cousin More royal/court politics and intrigue please! Hopefully Kiva meets the princess and the rest of Jaren's siblings for real. Maybe even becomes best friends with the princess?? I'm so glad we got to see the royal family and how accepting they were of Kiva and Tipp. I half expected the queen to know about Kiva's family and that she was pretending and was going to throw Kiva in jail at the end... how wrong I was... :( AND THE FACT THAT I WANTED KIVA AND MIRRYN TO BE FRIENDS???? Some progress on the romance + Kiva's family's plans for revolution gets in the way + Kiva torn between her growing feelings and her family duty / revenge ?? Romance still going slow, but at least they kissed! And then things went horribly wrong. Kiva's feelings for sure got in the way, but unfortunately, she decided to take Jaren's side too late. And she didn't count on Zuleeka betraying everyone. Now that I'm thinking about Kiva's "feelings" for Jaren, I am wondering if she actually feels something for him or was she pretending? I mean, his family is responsible for her arrest.. But since we were in her head, I believe she has some feelings for him, but is scared how this will impact everything. The fact that they kissed only once makes this story even more heartbreaking and makes a great foundation for the next book. How will Jaren react to losing his magic, the fact that Kiva betrayed him, that Caldon knew her identity...??? MAYBE WE WILL GET JAREN'S POV????? PLS LYNETTE I NEED TO SEE HIS THOUGHTS AND HOW HE WILL SAVE KIVA FROM ZALINDOV (AGAIN) Do we maybe get to meet Kiva's family?? As she has older siblings, is one of them now the Rebel Ruler? Of course I was wary of Zuleeka since the moment we met her, because Torell was obviously the kinder sibling, but I was determined to give her a chance to redeem herself. Turns out, she was lying whenever she spoke to Kiva. Lynette Noni gave me all the clues, but I somehow didn't see it coming. I still can't believe that not only she has healing (or should I say evil healing) magic, but she was conspiring with Mirryn all the time. Turns out she didn't actually need Kiva, she was just using her for the information + that explains Mirryn's strange behavious when asked if she was with Kiva the day the book of law was stolen. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darcey

    buddy read with my girl Macy! well i'm officially in love with Lynette Noni. this was a masterpiece! the ending, once again, completely blew my mind and left me screaming - much to the bewilderment of my family - and i'm honestly not sure i can last the wait for book #3 in june. the characters in this book may have their... less-intelligent moments (you're all so stupid i swear to god), but i'm so damn invested in all of them, and i would fully give my life for a few of these cuties. Lynette Noni buddy read with my girl Macy! well i'm officially in love with Lynette Noni. this was a masterpiece! the ending, once again, completely blew my mind and left me screaming - much to the bewilderment of my family - and i'm honestly not sure i can last the wait for book #3 in june. the characters in this book may have their... less-intelligent moments (you're all so stupid i swear to god), but i'm so damn invested in all of them, and i would fully give my life for a few of these cuties. Lynette Noni's writing is as addictive and entertaining as always, and her romance makes me swoon. such a fun series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    An undeniably spectacular and incredibly addictive sequel to The Prison Healer,trust me you won’t want to put it down. Kiva is a survivor. She survived 10 years inside Zalindov prison,she even survived the deadly Trial by Ordeal—Now,her thoughts turn to vengeance. For Kiva has spent the past decade hoping to reunite with her family and destroy all those responsible for ruining their lives. But, after escaping Zalindov her mission is more complicated than ever. Settling into her new life in the ca An undeniably spectacular and incredibly addictive sequel to The Prison Healer,trust me you won’t want to put it down. Kiva is a survivor. She survived 10 years inside Zalindov prison,she even survived the deadly Trial by Ordeal—Now,her thoughts turn to vengeance. For Kiva has spent the past decade hoping to reunite with her family and destroy all those responsible for ruining their lives. But, after escaping Zalindov her mission is more complicated than ever. Settling into her new life in the capital, Kiva discovers that she wasn’t the only one to suffer all those years—her siblings and their beliefs have changed too. Soon it’s not just her enemies she keeping secrets from, but her own family as well. With tensions brewing outside the city walls, both from the rebels as well as a growing threat in the Northern Kingdoms;Kiva must decide where her loyalties truly lie.To survive, she’ll have to navigate the web of secrets and deceit before both sides turn against her and she looses everything. I absolutely loved the Prison Healer and was incredibly excited for the chance to read The Gilded Cage—I can honestly say,it definitely didn’t disappoint! The writing is yet again, phenomenal with a more expansive look outside of Zalindov, I enjoyed seeing more of the towns and cities within Evalon and exploring a little of the culture (the river festival sounded wonderful.) There was also more scenes involving the elemental magic that was previously introduced—I really enjoyed seeing more of the different elements in action. Seeing the magic being used by some of the new introduced characters, such as Queen Arianna and how that differs to the way it was used in The Prison Healer, was definitely enlightening. I also really enjoyed seeing Kiva again, learning to adapt to life outside of prison and reuniting with her family. Her development here is also handled incredibly well and I truly empathised with her internal struggle in having to choose between trusting her family or trusting the very people who destroyed her family. The tension between her and Jaren was more palpable than ever and made for some very good (and angsty) romantic scenes. We also got to explore the backstories for Naari and Prince Caldon which helped me to empathise with them a little more (along with the introduction of several new characters.) Honestly, I don’t want to say too much (in case of spoilers) but I can guarantee it’s just as action packed and plot twisty as it’s predecessor—in fact I’d argue;with all the factions and intrigue,it’s even better. If you love YA Fantasy (and S.J Maas worthy plot twists) then you just HAVE to check out this series, it’s absolutely mind blowing! Thanks again to Hodder&Stoughton & NetGalley for the ARC.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    I received an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. I forced myself to the end of this book, mainly because I wanted to know if my predictions about what would happen were correct. They were. The issue I had was that the central conflict (Kiva's family are rebels but she's in love with the crown prince) didn't have any real ground to stand upon, because there was nothing supporting WHY Kiva's family should get the throne. Her I received an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. I forced myself to the end of this book, mainly because I wanted to know if my predictions about what would happen were correct. They were. The issue I had was that the central conflict (Kiva's family are rebels but she's in love with the crown prince) didn't have any real ground to stand upon, because there was nothing supporting WHY Kiva's family should get the throne. Her grandmother summed it up perfectly: "You plan to follow blindly in your family's ill-fated footsteps, seeking to steal a throne that you believe is yours for no other reason than a diluted bloodline." An old blood claim - that's literally ALL their reasoning for why they should be on the throne. Oh, sure they have a few personal grievances, but there's never any proof that the royals are bad rulers. Half the rebels are vaguely mentioned "malcontents" (without a reason why they're angry) and the others, we're somehow expected to believe, are fanatics annoyed by the toppling of this family's ancestor several hundred years before. If there was some mention of bad rulership or tax issues or a famine or literally any of the issues that could cause someone to be angry with a ruler, then I might have felt that the rebels had a foot to stand upon. But they didn't, and the book goes out of its way to show that these are good rulers (so that Kiva's torn and made to rethink) so I could not believe that there was a big enough rebel movement. It just wasn't believable. Plus, her brother's OK, but her sister is a horrid piece of work. And they've all abandoned her for a decade, so her love seemed excessive, and just there to give her a reason to work for the rebels. In short, the premise was flimsy and all designed to set up a conflict of loyalties that I could not believe for one minute as it lacked any sort of justification. The story itself is so predictable. On page five, I made a bet with myself about how it would all turn out, and I was completely and utterly correct. It's the middle book of a trilogy, so you know it's going to end with Kiva deciding her family are wrong and that the current royals should have the throne, but she's going to be revealed when her family win - and win because of her (thus adding betrayal and romantic angst to the next book.) The major problem with this is the decisions she makes that gets to that state are stupid. It felt like she was only making them because she knew what plot points had to happen. "Oh no, I've decided that I won't betray the royals and my family are wrong, but immediately after this decision, I'm still going to tell them the exact thing they need to win."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    4.5 This series is so good?!?!?! Obviously I'm not going to give any spoilers because the first book isn't even out yet (thank you to Edelweiss and to the publisher for access to the digital galley). HOWEVER. I can tell you that this series takes a fairly common YA fantasy narrative and truly spins it on its head. It's not predictable at all (at least for me). In this book we are starting to become more aware of the politics of the world and what exactly is going on with the rebels and the royal f 4.5 This series is so good?!?!?! Obviously I'm not going to give any spoilers because the first book isn't even out yet (thank you to Edelweiss and to the publisher for access to the digital galley). HOWEVER. I can tell you that this series takes a fairly common YA fantasy narrative and truly spins it on its head. It's not predictable at all (at least for me). In this book we are starting to become more aware of the politics of the world and what exactly is going on with the rebels and the royal family. There are some really complex family relationships in this book and we see Kiva struggle with that all throughout it. I can imagine the next book being even more political which I'm pretty excited for. And also THE. DRAMA. Kiva is really struggling with herself trying to decide who her allegiances are to and it clearly shows in her actions. She is also struggling with various revelations about herself and her family and is trying to figure out who exactly SHE is. The stakes in this book were much higher and I could really feel that in the tension in some interactions between her and some other characters. I also want to mention that I'm loving that the romance in this series is a slow burn. And I mean sloooooooow burn. I don't think I've wanted two characters to kiss so bad in a while. But oh man every interaction between Jaren and Kiva were just so great and I'm just really rooting for them guys. Also shoutout to Naari, the best character. She's amazing and I love her. Anyway, I absolutely cannot wait for these books to come out!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aira

    Hello! I would like to report a death, my death after reading this book. (Seriously its a ride and a half) My biggest gripe were all the secrets, literally so much could have been solved if Kiva didn't blindly trust everyone and actually knew what she needed to know I'm not sure how i feel about the introduction of her family. They seem problematic (and that's putting it lightly) I definitely enjoyed the first book more, but this is a solid sequel which really adds to the world There was a lot of fi Hello! I would like to report a death, my death after reading this book. (Seriously its a ride and a half) My biggest gripe were all the secrets, literally so much could have been solved if Kiva didn't blindly trust everyone and actually knew what she needed to know I'm not sure how i feel about the introduction of her family. They seem problematic (and that's putting it lightly) I definitely enjoyed the first book more, but this is a solid sequel which really adds to the world There was a lot of filler and angst, but the end is shocking and horrifying and I loved it I just hate how long I have to wait till the next book edited for typos

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni is an addictive fantasy with secret scheming and shocking plot twists. Set soon after the events of The Prison Healer, this one is a little calmer and takes the time to explore the main character’s shifting allegiances. While this book is a sequel, it is just as thrilling as the first book, and I loved getting to explore the world outside the prison. This is a tense and original series that I can’t recommend enough. Having recently es Full Review on The Candid Cover The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni is an addictive fantasy with secret scheming and shocking plot twists. Set soon after the events of The Prison Healer, this one is a little calmer and takes the time to explore the main character’s shifting allegiances. While this book is a sequel, it is just as thrilling as the first book, and I loved getting to explore the world outside the prison. This is a tense and original series that I can’t recommend enough. Having recently escaped from prison, Kiva is ready to put her new plan into action: reuniting with her family to overthrow the throne–those responsible for putting her in prison in the first place. However, as she settles into the palace, hiding her true intentions, she starts to realize that the royal family is not as evil as her own family had led her to believe. Torn between the rebels and her found family at the palace, both of whom care deeply for her, Kiva must decide where her loyalties lie, and which group she will betray. ❀ WELL-DEVELOPED CHARACTERS This instalment really delves into Kiva’s character, and I loved getting to know more about her. She is in a tough position, caught between her loyalty to her family and her new friends at the palace, and this tension is thrilling to read about. Kiva also struggles with fitting in and adjusting to life outside of prison, and I enjoyed watching as she slowly starts to figure out who she is and what she wants. Each of the characters in this series are so incredibly well-developed, which makes for a satisfying read. ❀ JAW-DROPPING TWISTS I was a little worried going into this one since sequels often disappoint me, and The Prison Healer is one of my favourite books of the year, and maybe even of all time. Luckily, The Gilded Cage is just as engaging as the first book, and there are just as many jaw-dropping twists throughout. I am truly in awe of Lynette Noni’s writing, and the contrast between the two books is brilliantly done. While slower paced than the first book, this one never lags, and I enjoyed getting to see both sides of the story–the royal family and the rebels. ❀ A SUSPENSEFUL STORY The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni is a suspenseful story where loyalties are tested and difficult decisions must be made. I loved the transition out of the prison and into the palace, and the main character is well-developed. As a sequel, this book is particularly impressive, and I can’t wait until the next instalment is in my hands.

  15. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Macy Roberts

    I have no words. I’m utterly speechless.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monogamist

    This hurts. A lot. That’s the review, lol. I am kidding, but that’s pretty much how I would sum up this book. Don’t worry, I will tell you more about The Gilded Cage, the brilliant sequel of The Prison Healer. But truth is, I was in pieces at the end of this book and I should warn you before you pick this up, you should prepare yourself to be destroyed. Also, if you haven’t read The Prison Healer you should not read this review as it contains spoilers of the first book. The Gilded Cage takes This hurts. A lot. That’s the review, lol. I am kidding, but that’s pretty much how I would sum up this book. Don’t worry, I will tell you more about The Gilded Cage, the brilliant sequel of The Prison Healer. But truth is, I was in pieces at the end of this book and I should warn you before you pick this up, you should prepare yourself to be destroyed. Also, if you haven’t read The Prison Healer you should not read this review as it contains spoilers of the first book. The Gilded Cage takes place a little after the events of the first book. Kiva is out of Zalindov prison, protected by Jaren, who is also the current heir to the throne. The same throne Kiva is secretly plotting to take, as she is trying to get revenge on the people who destroyed her family (so yeah, you know, Jaren’s family). Kiva is finally reunited with her long lost brother and sister but, while her feelings for Jaren keeps growing, she often questions her allegiances and loyalties. In this sequel you will get both sides of the story, you will get to meet the whole royal family but also Kiva’s remaining family’s side. Like Kiva, you will probably struggle to pick a side. I was personally not ready to like Caldon so much and he is possibly one of my favourite characters of this series (and I’m sure he will become your next new fictional boyfriend). And I was also not ready to like Kiva’s brother, Tor, so much. It is a solid sequel, it raises the stakes of the first book, it introduces many new amazing characters, and you get a glimpse of the world outside Zalindov and the royal ruling family. Compared to the first book, you can expect a different pace and less action, as this story is mostly focused on politics and family issues. Because of the way it ends, I have high expectations that we will continue to explore this world in the next book and get more entangled with all the lies and plotting of this world. It answered lots of questions posed at the end of The Prison Healer, which was my favourite part, I love it when I don’t have to wait until the very last chapter of a series to know what I need to. While some secrets were finally told, this sequel will just leave you with even more mysteries and plots to unravel. The ending will kill you, I’m sorry, I can’t sugarcoat it. It’s such a great story so far, Lynette Noni is such a mastermind, the writing is super engaging and the plot twists are so unexpected, it was difficult to put it down (even if I had the urge to scream and throw my kindle at the end). I have to admit, there were moments where I wanted to shake Kiva and tell her to wake up, but it was a difficult journey for her and I felt how she was questioning everything she was doing and feeling. She was a character split in two and I felt for her during the whole book. Finally, I feel the moral obligation to add that the slow burn romance in this book is ridiculously good. I am sure that if you loved The Prison Healer, you will definitely love the sequel as well. The Gilded Cage is more about the politics around Vallentis and Corentine family members. It was what I was expecting from this sequel and so much more. I want book three right now, please. Thank you so much Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book. The opinions above are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bright Star

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. The Prison Healer was a good story. It wasn't the book of the year but it was still entertaining, and the end was very promising. Alas, The Gilded Cage was underwhelming. It had the potential to be a great sequel, instead suffered of the second book syndrome where nothing remarkable happens. Only towards the end we have something but it was too late for my liking. Besides this lack of action, what disappointed me was Kiva. She I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. The Prison Healer was a good story. It wasn't the book of the year but it was still entertaining, and the end was very promising. Alas, The Gilded Cage was underwhelming. It had the potential to be a great sequel, instead suffered of the second book syndrome where nothing remarkable happens. Only towards the end we have something but it was too late for my liking. Besides this lack of action, what disappointed me was Kiva. She was a completely different person from the girl we knew in The Prison Healer, and not in a good way. In this book she was too naive and dumb, and her inner turmoil annoyed me in the end. Just get a grip and decide what to do. I loved more the other characters, especially Cal. The worldbuilding was well developed but not fully exploited. It's a pity, because I had great expectations for this book but it didn't live up to them. I hope the last book will be better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    5 Stars I was very nervous and excited going into The Gilded Cage because I adored The Prison Healer. I had no reason to be nervous as this second installment was the perfect "middle book" and everything I could have wanted. In this book Kiva has finally escaped the death prison Zalindov and is living with the Royal family in their palace in the capital. She finds herself struggling with her magic and also torn between her royal friends and her rebel siblings. This book is definitely a lot differ 5 Stars I was very nervous and excited going into The Gilded Cage because I adored The Prison Healer. I had no reason to be nervous as this second installment was the perfect "middle book" and everything I could have wanted. In this book Kiva has finally escaped the death prison Zalindov and is living with the Royal family in their palace in the capital. She finds herself struggling with her magic and also torn between her royal friends and her rebel siblings. This book is definitely a lot different to the first. The pace is slower and there is less action and drama and more political intrigue. We learn a lot more about the world politics, the different surrounding countries and delve deeper into the back stories of all the characters. It is different to The Prison Healer but no less brilliant! There is still plenty of twists and turns, drama, action and surprises. We also see a lot more magic which I loved! Kiva, our fierce female continues to be her wonderful, brave self. I adored getting to know her even more and seeing how she changes with her new situation and the new challenges and revelations that she faces. We definitely see new sides to her which I love. I also loved learning more about Prince Jaren and his family. Jaren is so incredibly kind and caring, protective over Kiva and we see him grow as a character. We see a lot more of all of the side characters including Naari and Tipp, plus the new royal characters, Kiva's siblings and healer friends. They all play such brilliant and important roles and because of this the story becomes wonderfully complex and filled with a huge variety of personalities. The romance between Jaren and Kiva is a slow burn which I love as it fits their personalities. However there is definitely more sexual tension and their connection is undeniable! The writing was utterly brilliant, so engaging and I could not put the book down. Lynette Noni has an amazing way with words and she has completely captured my head and my heart with this series. I did guess a few of the twists and turns but because there were so many more that I didn't guess, this didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. I have been left shocked and utterly hooked by the amazing ending and cliffhanger! Overall, The Gilded Cage is a slower paced sequel, with an excellent storyline filled with intrigue and drama. The characters, the magic and politics had me hooked. I am thoroughly in love with this series and desperate for the final installment! If you enjoy YA fantasy, then I could not recommend this series more. Please note that I was gifted this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Messed up families Slow burn persists Secrets, lies and reveals Having spent all of book one in the prison and loving that context, I didn't know how it would be out of captivity for these characters. I did take some adjusting and it took me a little while to get into this installment but boy, I really did get into it. The Gilded Cage was very much a time of Kiva living a double life, it was uncomfortable for her but it did bring about a clarity in her thinking and allegiances; I loved wit Headlines: Messed up families Slow burn persists Secrets, lies and reveals Having spent all of book one in the prison and loving that context, I didn't know how it would be out of captivity for these characters. I did take some adjusting and it took me a little while to get into this installment but boy, I really did get into it. The Gilded Cage was very much a time of Kiva living a double life, it was uncomfortable for her but it did bring about a clarity in her thinking and allegiances; I loved witnessing that. Jaren remained the uncomplicated human he is, genuine with integrity and totally sold on Kiva. Jaren's family was a freaky s**t show and Kiva's was worse. As we got to know these other members of both families, it was pretty double-crossing, mind-blowing and totally gripping. "You say you became the darkness, that it consumed you, but I call bull on that. I've never met anyone who shines as brightly as you do." I did not know which way the dice was going to roll in this story, there were plenty of twists and so many were unexpected. That didn't stop me speculating and messaging friends who had read with my nonsensical speculations. It ended just as I expected, with jaw on the floor and feeling a little hopeless. Reading these books is like an addiction, a good one...like chocolate. Bring on the conclusion, Lynette Noni; I am ready! Thank you Hodder Books for the early review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carola | adreamofpages

    CAN I HAVE BOOK 3?! *Review to come

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Louise

    Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Where to start? This book was so good and left me with three words upon finishing - "what the fu--??". The Gilded Cage is the second instalment in The Prison Healer trilogy. The Prison Healer quickly became one of my favourite reads of 2021 when I finished it recently and The Gilded Cage certainly doesn't disappoint. Kiva has survived not only Zalindov - "The Death Prison" but also T Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Where to start? This book was so good and left me with three words upon finishing - "what the fu--??". The Gilded Cage is the second instalment in The Prison Healer trilogy. The Prison Healer quickly became one of my favourite reads of 2021 when I finished it recently and The Gilded Cage certainly doesn't disappoint. Kiva has survived not only Zalindov - "The Death Prison" but also The Trial by Ordeal - both of which people never survive in. (view spoiler)[ Now that Kiva has left - or rather escaped - Zalindov, she is living in the palace of the very people who put her in Zalindov in the first place. Now Kiva has to decide where her loyalties really lie; to the royal family who are nothing like the rebels led her to believe, or to her brother and sister, the people now leading the rebel mission. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ Picking this book up, I was thrust right into the story following Kiva's escape. There's no journey to the palace which I quite liked otherwise I feel like it would have been boring and it would have taken me so long to get into. At the start of this book we go to the roots of Kiva being a healer and the story behind her father too. (hide spoiler)] The story is quite slow paced but this did allow the story to be told in a bit more depth and allow for a little bit of character development. Like in The Prison Healer, Tipp is adorable and still deserves the entire world and I swear to almighty god, if Noni kills him off in the last book, we're gonna have a serious problem. I loved the character of Prince Caldon, Jaren's cousin. He's the perfect example of how people can seem perfectly fine on the outside and be a fearsome warrior and appear that everything is fine when in fact, internally, they're fighting some really tough demons. The writing, the plot, the characters, the world in this book are just phenomenal and I'm excited, yet scared, for the final instalment.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    oh my goodness, Lynette Noni, what are you doing to us! That last chapter broke me and now I have to wait another year for The Blood Traitor. The Gilded Cage is another triumph and I could not get enough of it. Yes... I read a fantasy book. I have 2 fantasy authors that I will read, one being Lynette. Her books have a way of transporting you to another world and you feel like you are a part of it. It was wonderful to be back with Kiva, Jaren and Tipp, this time, outside the walls of Zalindov Pri oh my goodness, Lynette Noni, what are you doing to us! That last chapter broke me and now I have to wait another year for The Blood Traitor. The Gilded Cage is another triumph and I could not get enough of it. Yes... I read a fantasy book. I have 2 fantasy authors that I will read, one being Lynette. Her books have a way of transporting you to another world and you feel like you are a part of it. It was wonderful to be back with Kiva, Jaren and Tipp, this time, outside the walls of Zalindov Prison where Kiva has spent the last 10 years of her life. She is on a mission to re-unite with her family and take down the people who hurt them. Only problem is, those people are Jaren's family, the Vallentis family. Jaren is heir to the throne and his family take he and Tipp in and make them a part of their world. Her feelings become conflicted, especially as she is falling harder and harder for Jaren. This was a slower burn than the Prison Healer was, but that was needed to take in all the new characters and twists in the storyline. I am looking forward to The Blood Traitor ramping back up again. A big thank you to Penguin Teen Australia for sending me a copy of this book to read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    avani

    oh fcking hell. this series is gonna kill me. the stress, the anticipation, the miscommunication, the betrayal, the angst- literally brb gonna go kms the book was a little slower and deeper than the prison healer, with an insane amount of scheming and political intrigue. instead of constantly being on the edge of my seat because of the insanely fast-pace and action, like i was in the first book, i was on the verge of a heart attack because of how meticulously everything was getting built up, with oh fcking hell. this series is gonna kill me. the stress, the anticipation, the miscommunication, the betrayal, the angst- literally brb gonna go kms the book was a little slower and deeper than the prison healer, with an insane amount of scheming and political intrigue. instead of constantly being on the edge of my seat because of the insanely fast-pace and action, like i was in the first book, i was on the verge of a heart attack because of how meticulously everything was getting built up, with random plot twists that were getting thrown in my face to keep things real deadly, you know. on top of the severely heart-wrenching plot, lets talk about the romance. my fav. I LOVE KIVA AND JAREN SO FCKING MUCH OH MY GOD JAREN JAREN JAREN HOW CAN SOMEONE BE SO PERFECT. he was so so understanding and sweet and absolutely head over heels in love, the poor guy. he never pressures kiva into anything and is always there for her and THEIR SCENES OH MY GOD I DIED A LITTLE EVERY TIME HE COMFORTED HER AND WHEN THEY SLEPT TOGETHER AND THEY WOKE UP TOGETHER AND HOW KIVA GETS SO FLUSTERED AROUND HIM BUT HE LOVES IT AND FDJKGHDFKJGHDFJ jumping off a cliff i cant do this today guys. that ending destroyed me you guys. absolutely fcking ripped my heart out. ruined me. i cant even talk about it it just kept spiraling and i wanted to cry but it was just too much, so cruel god, who gave a couple pieces of paper so much fcking control over my emotions. oh one positive- kiva and caldon's friendship. I LITERALLY LOVE CALDON, THE WIT THE FLIRTING THE BANTER THE SARCASM, HE JSUT OFJGH- ok ok wait the perfect way i can describe him and their relationship is.. juliette and kenji , from shatter me. ITS PERFECT. IT DESCRIBES THEM SO PERFECTLY I CANNOT. literally i was screaming when it first came to me how alike they were, and from then i could not stop listing the similarities. just like the og pair, THESE TWO MADE ME SMILE SO MUCH. COULD STOP GRINNING WHEN THEY WERE TOGETHER. i want a best friend like caldon so fcking badly. pls god. im gonna kill zuleeka. yes quick change of plans before i kms, im gonna take her out. this goddamn woman, the fcking lying ass snake- this review is a mess i am a mess there are so many more things i want to say but i dont think anyone is reading this and i really need to go take a time-out and just process. what the hell go read this pls. OH I ALSO WANTED TO SAY HOW MUCH THIS BOOK IS STARTING TO REMIND ME OF THE KINDER POISON ! no wonder i like this so much. sibling rivalry, political intrigue, a common but badass girl with a sweet prince, and a shit ton of betrayal. the only thing thats missing is a kasta. ---------------------- august 2021, immediate reactions after finishing the prison healer: things i want (after finishing the first book like 30 minutes ago): - jaren and kiva to kiss. come on, this one had got to be obvious. THE TENSION IS KILLING ME. i want that angst. i love angst. - more tipp. i always want more tipp. actually, while you're at it, can i pls have a whole series abt tipp? ty. - more naari. i loved her, but i want more. we know a little bit of her backstory wait actually no not really. ok i want a naari backstory. - political intrigue. after the EVENTS from the first book, especially that ending, political intrigue would be amazing. - more betrayal. bc i like getting my heart broken. keep it up, lynette noni. - WHAT HAPPENED TO BOOTS? i would like an update on our demon cat from hell.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Moukthika ✧*。

    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an earc in exchange for an honest review. After the ending of The Prison Healer I was excited to see how it goes in the sequel. But this story was quite disappointing. Kiva was a totally different character from what she was in the beginning. At times, I felt this story was dragging and this series could be ended as a duology. The main character was so dumb with no purpose other than to move along the story. Honestly she felt unnecess Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an earc in exchange for an honest review. After the ending of The Prison Healer I was excited to see how it goes in the sequel. But this story was quite disappointing. Kiva was a totally different character from what she was in the beginning. At times, I felt this story was dragging and this series could be ended as a duology. The main character was so dumb with no purpose other than to move along the story. Honestly she felt unnecessary to the story. And there were several instances where the abuse and emotional manipulation was brushed off as nothing. It could have been handled better. The writing is what turned me off. The use of modern language in this setting made the world and story less interesting. Overall this was such a bland book with unsurprising plot twists.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gianna

    Ok this book actually made me so mad. I hate reading about deception and the cliffhanger is INSANE. I need the next one. Immediately.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jagoda

    After the ending of the first book I had to read this one immediately. It was more slow paced than the previous book, but still it was amazing and surprising. In the Gilded Cage we get to know new people and new locations. We meet siblings of the main character, but also the characters known from The Prison Healer like Caldon (who was amazing btw). The plot was interesting and the ending... Why another cliffhanger? Now I can't wait to read the third book. 5/5⭐ Thank you NetGalley for providing di After the ending of the first book I had to read this one immediately. It was more slow paced than the previous book, but still it was amazing and surprising. In the Gilded Cage we get to know new people and new locations. We meet siblings of the main character, but also the characters known from The Prison Healer like Caldon (who was amazing btw). The plot was interesting and the ending... Why another cliffhanger? Now I can't wait to read the third book. 5/5⭐ Thank you NetGalley for providing digital advanced copy in exchange for honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    keira

    massive thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an arc of this magnificent book. honestly, i’m at a loss for words. genuinely speechless and heartbroken and in shock and I’m not sure how long it’ll take me to get over that ending. i have no idea how to review this without giving anything away, but what i can say is this; the writing is phenomenal - the short time it took me to devour this, every hour of my days were filled with thoughts of what will happen next. i was utterly enchanted from the massive thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an arc of this magnificent book. honestly, i’m at a loss for words. genuinely speechless and heartbroken and in shock and I’m not sure how long it’ll take me to get over that ending. i have no idea how to review this without giving anything away, but what i can say is this; the writing is phenomenal - the short time it took me to devour this, every hour of my days were filled with thoughts of what will happen next. i was utterly enchanted from the beginning straight through to the end. the plot development and the plot twists are mind blowing. normally, i can guess pretty easily about people’s motives and how things will turn out, but i didn’t see any of that coming at ALL. so, cue speechlessness. the characters. oooh the characters. if i had the time (and wasn’t utterly brain dead) to write an ode to each of them in this series, i absolutely would. i loathed and i loved so damn hard that some parts physically pained me to read. oh, you want slow burn romance? this book took it to another level. the angst and palpable tension between Kiva and Jaren is off the charts, and everything I’ve ever wanted in slow burn. the banter-friendship that forms between Caldon and Kiva was so nice to read, and definitely one of my favourite parts of the book. actually, Cal in general quickly became one of my favourite characters, from his arrogant, light hearted humour to his open attraction to Torell (which, can I just say, is a ship I will go down with). i’m trying to form an eloquent review to do this series justice but honestly just- read it and see for yourself. this has been a highlight of my year so far and i feel truly honoured to have been provided with this arc. June 2022 for the next instalment? are you trying to kill me?? ——— the prison healer was phenomenal and i received an arc of this book so wait while i go sit in a corner and binge it see u in 2 days thank u bye

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This book was everything I wanted and then some. It was the perfect sequel and I don't know what to do with myself until the next book comes out. In The Gilded Cage we are introduced to new characters, two of which have stolen my heart away. I will do anything for Caldon and Tor, they are my precious babies to the point where I don't care if everything else goes to hell as long as they're happy. Also, Rhess and Tor are the real ship here, fight me all you want, but I need that story to be told an This book was everything I wanted and then some. It was the perfect sequel and I don't know what to do with myself until the next book comes out. In The Gilded Cage we are introduced to new characters, two of which have stolen my heart away. I will do anything for Caldon and Tor, they are my precious babies to the point where I don't care if everything else goes to hell as long as they're happy. Also, Rhess and Tor are the real ship here, fight me all you want, but I need that story to be told and I need it to be epic. But in the mean time, I do love a good slow burn romance. The angst in this book, you guys. Chef's kiss, that's all I will say. And the friendship between Caldon and Kiva, that was probably what made this book for me. I love them. Platonic relationships are so underrated. As well as getting to know more about the characters and their relationships, in this book we also dive deeper into life at the palace and court politics, as well as the whole magic aspect of the story. A big part of this is Kiva trying to come to terms with who she is and who she wants to be and, although I could see most plot twists coming, I don't know what to do with that cliffhanger. Like, is that even fixable? That can't be the way it stays forever, I mean it can and we could still get a happy ending that way, but I don't want it to. (I know I'm probably making no sense, just do yourself a favor and go read the book please) Anyway, it was awesome, I flew threw it and I would devour the next book right now if I could. A huge thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the e-ARC in exchange of an honest and voluntary review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    anna ✩

    4.5 stars! The Queen of cliff hangers is back at it again and honestly my heart can't handle it anymore. I'm always wary when it comes to sequels, especially when the first book was 5 stars for me, but The Gilded Cage delivered so well that it's now impossible to be even more in love with this story. After the shocking ending of The Prison Healer, The Gilded Cage picks is back up quickly and does an amazing job at creating tension unrest. No one is safe, no one knows what's going on, and FOR SUR 4.5 stars! The Queen of cliff hangers is back at it again and honestly my heart can't handle it anymore. I'm always wary when it comes to sequels, especially when the first book was 5 stars for me, but The Gilded Cage delivered so well that it's now impossible to be even more in love with this story. After the shocking ending of The Prison Healer, The Gilded Cage picks is back up quickly and does an amazing job at creating tension unrest. No one is safe, no one knows what's going on, and FOR SURE no one knows how this is going to end. I want to go on and on about Kiva and Jaren and about how amazingly fleshed out they are as characters but then someone like Caldon comes in and steals the show. All the characters in this are amazing and I wish we had endless interactions between them all. The only reasons this is 4.5 instead of 5 stars is because there was a bit of the book around the middle part that was feeling too dragged on and that was making me reconsider whether I was enjoying this story or not. However is picks back up again after the middle part and then it's just suffering all through the ending. THE ENDING????? WHAAT!!! My point is, this is an incredible sequel and the story only keeps getting better and better. Please do yourself a favour and pick these books up, you won't regret it!

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