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The Midnight Lie

(The Midnight Lie #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,154 ratings  ·  493 reviews
Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and societys 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 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.

Hardcover, 358 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Emily May
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc, 2020
So you tell me what would make a good, quiet girl get herself in trouble, especially when she had so much to lose. Tell me.

Ohhh. That is one seriously cruel and delicious ending. Marie Rutkoski, you are EVIL. In a good way.

I havent felt this enthusiastic about the beginning of a YA fantasy series in... well, probably about two years. And people, I'm not gonna lie, it's the romance. Yes, I find so many YA fantasy romances annoying, but when a book gets it just right - just the right amount of
Chaima ✨ شيماء
[breaks into your house] [pulls out a chair in the kitchen] [sits at the table] so did you hear that Maria Rutkoski wrote a sapphic fantasy novel and its so good?

Full review to come.
well... you win some, you lose some. while one highly anticipated release absolutely knocked it out of the park, this one not so much.

im so sad i didnt love this, but it all comes down to my complete and total lack of connection to any of the characters. not one. thats never happened to me before. i just couldnt care about any of them. its quite a sobering feeling, because then why even bother finishing the book?

its because MR has some of the most delightful writing known to man (which is why i
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Need. Now.
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The Winner's Trilogy is probably one of my favorite YA fantasy series out there, apart from Holly Black's Folk of the Air, so when I found out that Marie Rutkoski was planning a totally different fantasy series, set in a totally different universe, featuring an LGBT romance, I was hopeful, skeptical, and excited, all at once. When an author is that wildly successful, I think the pressure is really on high for them to do it again, and it


Aaahhh, we've got a new premise and it clarifies some things and intrigues so much!

Set in the world of the New York Timesbestselling Winners Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy

Omg, I am hyperventilating!

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away

I wonder if maybe it's one of the characters from TWT but under disguise?

I dont know how I feel about the change of the title. Fall like thieves had some

D u d e.

That was my reaction at the close of this book. I had no words, really, beyond being stunned and shocked and so desperate for book two.

THE MIDNIGHT LIE was nothing I ever expected. Knowing this was connected to The Winner's Trilogy doesn't give you any insight into the story or themes or plot and honestly? I kind of liked that. This, as all my reviews tend to be, will be spoiler free in an effort to retain some of the mystery, that uncertainty, but even knowing how this book begins? You
Lucy Langford
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5**** rounded up! After That ending I truly need to find out what happens next!

This was an interesting world built on oppression. Those who are half-kith are not allowed colour, or sweets and are kept behind a wall with no means to escape. Consequences in this ward require paying a tithe. It is a place where it is as it is is a rule and no questions are allowed.

This had a f/f romance and the book was about the relationship building as a main focus. However it also shows an oppressive world
Simona Bartolotta
Mar 04, 2017 marked it as wishlist
The moment I read "Untitled -Marie Rutkoski"? There's no word in any language able to describe what I felt. Try "elated" raised to googolplex and maybe then you'll be getting close to it.

anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: poc lesbian mc, lesbian li, wlw & mlm side characters
tw: physical and emotional abuse

the lesbianism of it all!!!!

a giant fan of how this book handles abuse & comphet. anyway, i'm dead and i cannot wait for book two to kill me even more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I feel about The Midnight Lie the way I felt about The Winner's Curse. I can copy my review of it, and it will work just as well here.

The Midnight Lie is the kind of fantasy that doesn't really have much fantasy or world building in it. It's mostly a personal journey with a ton of romancing. And again, I am totally reminded of Cashore's fantasy work, especially Bitterblue (NOT my fave) in the way it deals with memory and erased history.

The story is set in a very vaguely sketched world
cellmates to lovers trope outsold 😌✋

im honestly at a loss for words, i cant think of anything coherent. every single great thing about this book just pops into my mind at once. i could list a hundred quotes that ive bookmarked. i dont remember the last time i paused an audiobook so much just so i could scream into my pillow because of something so tender and romantic.

sid and nirrim have a special place in my heart now and i know its going to take me forever to get over that ending i just Know
Helena of Eretz ✰
Sep 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Me: h-
Marie Rutkoski: and YOU get no rights

(4.5 stars)

FUCK!!!!!! the romance!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAIMGAYAAAAA!!!!!

There's something that makes me extremely emo (in a good way) about authors whose previously pretty straight books I loved coming up with casual sapphic content. Anyway I'm so here for this!!!
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nerrim lives in the Ward. It's a district of limitations, of danger and drudgery. Hers is a near colourless existence made bearable by her found family and the secret work she performs to help other Half Kith live free. When the Elysium bird appears one day, it brings change with it, triggering a series of events that transforms Nerrims life. The world around her is made uncertain, its a place full of lies.

So you tell me what would make a good, quiet girl get herself in trouble, especially when
Jul 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm rereading The Winner's Trilogy and I need this like I need air.
Marie's writing and fantastical worlds are a goddamn dream!
enqi ☁️✨
i don't know what this is but i know i need it
Star Rating: > 4.5 Stars

So you tell me what would make a good, quiet girl get herself in trouble, especially when she had so much to lose.
Tell me.

I see this story perfectly, its moments cut crystal in my mind. I remember how this story, like a great, sheer bowl, bore a sea of emotion my guilt, my loneliness, my longing. I remember little rivulets of delight, the warmth of love.

So- I didnt just love this book; I fell absolutely head over heels IN love with this wonderfully elegant, yet
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
Anna Luce
★★★★✰ 4 stars

It was hard for me to tell what was real. Lies made it worse. It is a midnight lie, she said. A kind of lie told for someone else's sake, a lie that sits between goodness and wrong, just as midnight is the moment between night and morning.

Having loved and agonised over Marie Rutkoski's 'The Winner's Trilogy', I had quite high hopes for The Midnight Lie. Set in the same universe as her previous trilogy, this book is narrated by Nirrim who lives on an island divided by strict social
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Hi hi hi we have a blurb...

I'm not freaking out, you are. Not me, you.

Okay me.
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Thanks to Edelweiss, Macmillan, and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR) for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!


CW: abandonment, bloodletting (for magic), forgery, caste system, homophobia, and sexism

I literally didn't expect to love this book so much but here we are!

It follows Nirrim, who lives in the Ward (lower caste) where there's lots of crime and overcrowding. Only the High Kith (high class) get any pleasure and it usually is whatever they want it to be, no matter if it hurts
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
review on my blog

The Midnight Lie is Marie Rutkoskis triumphant return to YA fantasy with an enchanting, addictive story following a girl unknowingly imprisoned in the Ward, and the traveler who helps her experience the world outside.

In the Ward, where half-Kith are impoverished and criminalised for minuscule things, Nirrim is imprisoned for capturing and returning the Elysium bird. In her cell, she meets a traveler named Sid who harbors a secret. Upon their freedom, Sid proffers Nirrim
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
MAY 5th, 2019

Set in the world of the New York Timesbestselling Winners Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell usand the lies we tell ourselves.

Adi Rocks Socks (semi hiatus)
Whoa. Just whoa .

That ending has me speechless, stunned, tongue-tied, stupefied... You get the gist.

Where do I start this review?

Do I tell you that this book is eloquently written, the world captivating and bewitching? Do I tell you that our characters have mettle; spunky yet endearing at the same time?

I'll just list out all the things I loved about this story, and hope that you'll see it as reason enough to read this book. Numbered lists are so much easier to deal with, when you're generally
Anna Banana
4.5 stars

This was hella good! I've never read a book by this author before but I'm so glad I picked this up. The writing is beautiful; it's the kind of writing where every word you read feels like a poem, like it has so much meaning and power and you keep thinking "wow now that's great writing".

The characters and the world building are just...*chefs kiss*. This world that the author has created is unlike anything I've read before and I love how we learned more and more with the heroine about
I received this book from Hodder & Stoughton through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was everything I didnt know I needed!

The plot follows Nirrim, who is a Half-Kith. Half-Kith are lesser people who are forced to live in the Ward - a walled off part of the city of Ethin. It all begins with the sudden appearance of a beautiful bird which is believed to belong to a High-Kith (The superior people) outside of the wall. Against her better judgement, Nirrim catches the bird
Mar 09, 2017 marked it as to-read

What this really means

Codys new favourite book is coming in 2018.


This is the best news ever! I am ready to have my heart crushed with all the feels Rutkoski will undoubtedly give me. SEND HELP!

Also this can only mean one thing.. THE WINNERS CURSE REREAD 2017!!

Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fuck, waiting for the sequel is going to feel like hell.
And yes, if you were wondering, the f/f romance in this is fantastic as fuck.

Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.
I have been a fan of Marie Rutkoski and her atmospheric writing ever since I first picked up the Winner's Curse so I was curios but also a bit terrified to read this. I shouldn't have worried. This is a masterpiece.
Paced incredibly well with a heart-wrenching sapphic relationship that had me swooning from the first moment Sid graced
Jan 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
no offense but even though we have no real info on this book, Im ready to offer marie all my coins without hesitating so theres that ...more
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Marie Rutkoski is the New York Times bestselling author of The Winner's Trilogy, which begins with The Winner's Curse. She also wrote the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders. Her next project is a YA duology set in the same world as The Winner's Curse. The first in this duology is called The Midnight Lie and will be ...more

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