The Midnight Lie

The Midnight Lie #1

Marie Rutkoski

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ young adult
adventurous emotional tense medium-paced

358 pages | first published 2020

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 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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adventurous 84%
mysterious 60%
emotional 49%
dark 31%
tense 24%
sad 13%
funny 10%
reflective 10%
challenging 8%
hopeful 7%
inspiring 7%
lighthearted 5%
relaxing 1%


medium 66%
fast 17%
slow 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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