Marie Rutkoski

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The Midnight Lie

book | Fiction | Mar 2020
US & Canada → Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
UK & Comm → Hodder (Ed. Sam Bradbury)

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Caste. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.


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There is no doubt this is going to be one of the most complex and compulsively readable fantasies of the year.




Prepare to be devastated by this gorgeously rendered sapphic fantasy.

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Ushers readers into [its] world.


Steady, sensual prose and characters that sweep you off your feet, and make your heart hurt. The Midnight Lie is a series starter that invites you to linger in its pages, and begs for the sequel.


Gorgeous prose and fascinating characters

The Young Folks

Both sensational and satisfying.

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