The Midnight Lie – Book Review

Title – The Midnight Lie

Author – Marie Rutkoski

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre – YA Fantasy


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.

First Thoughts ✨

First starting off this story, it gave me the Handmaid’s Tale vibes, if Gilead had been running for centuries – that’s what it felt like. So, eerie vibes all around. I like it though, it was something new in a fantasy novel. Nobody really new why they were in this ‘Ward’ place. ‘It is as it is’ they kept saying. That was really interesting and set the world very well.

Story 📚

Again, the story was super original. It was about a girl trying to find the history behind the place she’s been living all her life. It was a different sort of adventure with less killing and more intelligence based investigation. That was so refreshing because the main character didn’t have to be locals to be badass.

Characters 👪

The characters in this story were so well written. Even the vile ones. Our main heroine was so likeable and real. I’m loving this trend of realistic protagonists in YA novels recently. It really draws you to the characters and makes you feel more of what they’re feeling! Sid, the side-character was so much fun to read about. I loved that Sid brought humor and an easy-breezy vibe to this story.

Last Thoughts 💭

The end of this story had me going: ‘what?’ There were some reveals I wasn’t particularly fond of because I felt like they were over saturated. But the very end of the novel (last few pages) I was super pleased with and it left you satisfied but also yearning for more. Which is also great!

Thank you Hodder for sending me an advanced copy!
This book comes out March 3rd 2020

Find it on: Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Book Depository, Goodreads.

Thank you for reading – Nick

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