Eeeeek I can’t believe it’s finally here, the final book in the Prison Healer trilogy! It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye (for now, not forever!) to these wonderful characters. I’m already planning my future annual re-reads of these books because I absolutely loved every second I spent in this world and I cannot wait for everyone to read and finish them too. When I finished reading The Blood Traitor I definitely had a period of pining (mourning) and I fell into a hard reading hangover (slump) but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat to experience this story again!
I’m going to keep this relatively short and definitely spoiler free but know that my DM’s are permanently open for Kiva and Jaren gushing – always!
Here’s a few things I loved:
- Kiva being called ‘sweetheart’
- Tipp who should always be protected ❤
- Family secrets!
- Hidden depths in unexpected characters
- No strings left undone
Despite loving this book, there were moments that made me uncomfortable and the overwhelming emotions made me cry on multiple occasions which is practically unheard of – must be the hayfever… There are also some trigger warnings to take note of such as drug abuse and emotional instability. Kiva is brutally hard on herself and experiences anxiety and depression, self isolating herself and taking a lot of unnecessary blame which is blown out of proportion through lack of communication and self-worth. The emotions on the page are extremely complex but handled incredibly well and in no way gratuitous, everything does impact the story in order to tell what it needs to and there is a lot to unpack.
My heart ached with all of Kiva’s emotions, I was so fully invested I felt every blow, every twist and every high that she experienced The emotional journey was pivotal and makes up the majority of this book without taking away from the physical one, I felt so on edge while reading it took a while to calm down. I love Jaren but I adore Caldon who was his usual cheeky relief in a lot of tension filled moments. This series has gone from strength to strength for me – it ticked every box and cemented my love for the found family trope – if you’re a fan too then definitely read these books. I am still in awe of Noni’s unflinching ability to tear my heart into pieces, stomp on it, grind it up and heal it by the end of the story. I can’t wait to read more of her books!
I gave The Blood Traitor five stars which makes the trilogy a three for three. I think it’s pretty obvious it is now a favourite for me and it will stay with me for a long time … because I’ll be reading it again and again!