Review: The Midnight Lie

Title: The Midnight Lie
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Release date: March 3rd, 2020
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


“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.”


“Nirrim, I can’t be good to you.”
“Then be bad.”

I finished this book over 24hrs ago and I have literally been unable to stop thinking about it. This is my first Marie Rutkoski book, and you better believe me when I say I’m currently adding the rest of her books to my (virtual) shopping cart. I need more.

It’s been a long time since the ending of a book left me feeling the need for a sequel as hard as this one did. I’ve gotten really bad with continuing series as I’ve gotten older, and even with enjoying a first book, I often don’t finish it with that strong need to know what happens next. But oh my god, I am actually dying at the end of this one. I’ve been shouting at everyone I know this read this book so I can talk about it.

I absolutely fell in love with Ruskoski’s writing from the start of this. After the first chapter (which was only 2 pages), I immediately knew this would be a book I loved. And within a few more chapters, I sensed I would be gaining a new favourite. The writing was beautiful, and the author built an interesting fantasy world and strategically revealed more to us as the story went on. We were left in suspense as Nirrim began to question more about her society.

What really made this story special for me were the characters. The dynamic between Sid and Nirrim is literally everything I want and all I need in a ship. This sapphic ship is one I didn’t know I was missing, but falling in love with them has filled a void I didn’t know I had. Sid was mysterious, flirtatious, and sensual, and even though I predicted the big revelation about her character, it still hit me right in the feels because the unraveling of the information was written so well.

I will literally be counting down the days until I can get my hands on the sequel which I know will hurt my heart but I nEED IT

tl;dr this book is absolutely filled with Sapphic Yearning and it is Everything

5 thoughts on “Review: The Midnight Lie”

  1. I gave this book 5 stars, too! I LOVED Marie’s THE WINNER’S trilogy, and because THE MIDNIGHT LIE takes place 20 years later, I was super afraid I wouldn’t like it. But it was beautiful!!


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