I have loved everything I’ve read from Marie Rutkoski, so when I got the publisher invite to do a post during release week, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Before we get to my top 5 reasons to read The Midnight Lie, let’s check out the book!
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.
Sounds good, right?
Now, I’m going to be completely honest. I haven’t had a chance to read this book yet, so it would be disingenuous for me to give you reasons to read it…Instead, I’m tweaking the format and I’m going to give you a few things I’m hoping to see.
Top 5 Reasons to Read The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
- the characters — I’m ready to meet them, just from the synopsis
- the setting — we’re back in the world of The Winner’s Trilogy
- the kissing — because I’m sure it’ll take 2347882937492 years for the scene, but there will be kissing and the wait will be worth it
- the cameo — it’s not too crazy to hope to see Kestrel and Arin, right?
- the words — I’m legit here for anything Marie puts out and I’m excited for where this takes us
Marie Rutkoski is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels for children and young adults. She grew up in Illinois as the oldest of four children, and has lived in Moscow, Prague, and Paris.
She holds degrees from the University of Iowa and Harvard University, and is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Shakespeare, children’s literature, and fiction writing. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and two cats, Cloud and Firefly.
Huge thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for sending me the arc. The Midnight Lie released March 3, 2020!
Have you read any of Marie’s books? Which one was your favorite?