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The Midnight Lie

by Marie Rutkoski

Part of the The Midnight Lie Series

The Midnight Lie Synopsis

'Rich characterization, exquisite worldbuilding and rock-solid storytelling make this a fantasy of unusual intelligence and depth . . . Breathtaking, tragic and true' Kirkus on The Winner's Curse Set in the world of the NYT-bestselling Winner's Trilogy, The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us - and the lies we tell ourselves. Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society's pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colours. 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 a rakish traveller from far away, who whispers rumours that the High Kith possess 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.

The Midnight Lie Press Reviews

The mysterious connection between magic and the tithes is spun out with excellent suspense, which, along with the assured writing and wealth of fantasy invention, will keep readers avidly turning pages * Horn Book * Excellent * Mugglenet * There is no doubt this is going to be one of the most complex and compulsively readable fantasies of the year * Buzzfeed * Stunning * Bustle * Faultlessly written, home to a rich cast of mesmerising characters, and possesses just the right amount of intrigue, romance and emotion to make the story one that leaves an impression. My mind is still reeling from those final few pages * Realm of Fiction * Dynamic and engaging . . . I loved this novel * The YA Shelf * Spellbinding . . . Rutkoski's richly imagined world is full of dynamic repartee, gruesome battle scenes, and shifting alliances * Publishers Weekly * Beautifully written [and] masterfully plotted . . . A rare and special reading experience: I loved it. I want more. * Kristin Cashore, New York Times bestselling author of Graceling * 'A one of a kind, BRILLIANT book . . . a bold tale on loyalty, love, family, friendship, suppression and power * Guardian * Praise for THE WINNER'S CURSE series Lush, swoony, painful [and] enraging * Kirkus Reviews * Darkly enchanting . . . The Midnight Lie is unsettling and thrilling, the world intricate and purposeful. * Shelf Awareness * Utterly immersive and gorgeous. Marie's stories are the loveliest knives that cut you straight to the quick * Roshani Chokshi, New York Times-bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves * Lush, romantic, and powerful. In THE MIDNIGHT LIE, Marie Rutkoski spins a sensuous tale about awakening to the truth * Malinda Lo, author of Ash *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529357479
Publication date: 3rd March 2020
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Fantasy romance, Romance,

About Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Winner's Trilogy, The Kronos Chronicles, and The Shadow Society. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children's literature and creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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