The Midnight Lie Book 1
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Reading level - 12 to 18 years.
Set in the world of the Winner's Trilogy, The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ+ fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us - and the lies we tell ourselves.
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 colours. 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 is, a rakish traveller from far away, who whispers rumours that the High Kith possess 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.
"Lush, romantic, and powerful. In THE MIDNIGHT LIE, Marie Rutkoski spins a sensuous tale about awakening to the truth"
Malinda Lo, author of Ash
"Utterly immersive and gorgeous. Marie's stories are the loveliest knives that cut you straight to the quick"
Roshani Chokshi, New York Times-bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves
"Darkly enchanting . . . The Midnight Lie is unsettling and thrilling, the world intricate and purposeful."
"Lush, swoony, painful [and] enraging"