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‘A marvelous and inventive storyteller’ Sarah J Maas, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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.

From bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni comes a masterful and action-packed YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir.


** Praise for Lynette Noni **
Lynette Noni is a marvelous and inventive storyteller, whose books are absolutely impossible to put down. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Sarah J Maas, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Lynette Noni is a master at her craft. The Medoran Chronicles have richly developed characters, superb world-building that makes you feel like you're actually there, and stories that pack a punch, full of emotion and thrills. Highly recommended!
James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner
Lynette Noni is a very talented writer. Her books tell stories that draw you in and refuse to let go. Her characters are memorable and quick to surprise. I cannot wait to see what she will do next
Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara
Lynette Noni's compelling stories keep readers turning pages to the very end
Juliet Marillier, author, the Sevenwaters series
Lynette Noni is a masterful storyteller. Her characters steal into your heart and won't let go!
Maria V. Snyder, author, the Poison Study series
When Lynette Noni opens the door to another world, don't hesitate: jump in and enjoy
Trudi Canavan, author, The Black Magician trilogy
Lynette Noni weaves an atmospheric and gripping tale of survival, intrigue and romance in this beautifully-crafted fantasy adventure
Samantha Young, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Fight or Flight
Full of mystery and action with a super cast of new characters you can't help but fall in love with . . . This is a must read for lovers of tournaments, high stakes, and exciting action!
The Nerd Daily
Impressive . . . A meaty and satisfying jailhouse shock
It really paves the way for a thrilling, action-packed sequel with plenty of complicated character dynamics and conflicted loyalties. This is a YA fantasy series that has so much promise and potential