The Midnight Lie | Marie Rutkoski | Review

“People can refuse to see a possibility. Maybe they don’t want it. Maybe it never occurs to them, or is even awful to them. But people make bad choices when they don’t know the full range of choices. People come to wrong conclusions if they don’t understand all the possible questions.”





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.


Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to Hodder for sending me a copy of this beautiful book. I am so grateful for this opportunity.

Can we please just take a minute to appreciate how beautiful the cover is. Honestly as soon as I saw it I was instantly drawn in. The synopsis just sealed the fact that I needed to read this book as soon as possible.

When I first picked up this book, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but it was everything that I wanted and more. I absolutely love the world that this book is created in, it is so mesmerising and complex. The magic element within The Midnight Lie is just a wonderful added extra that left me wanting more and more. Marie has a really unique way of world-building, whilst a complex world is evidently built, the writing style adapted makes it really easy for the reader to adapt to and understand. At no point during this book did I find myself confused, or backtracking in order to understand what was happening. Whilst this was a new world for me, I quickly sailed through and devoured it in less than 24 hours (it would have been far quicker had work and adulting not got in the way).

I loved the characters in this book. Nirrim whilst a really naive character really pulled at my heartstrings. She had such a poor start to life and was completely oblivious to the world around her. Nirrim had so much trust and love to give, even if they ended up being to the wrong person. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I won’t name names. I also loved Sid. I would be lying if I said I loved her from the start, at first I was very wary of her however as the story continued I just wanted more and more form her. Marie Rutkoski really knows how to produce a wonderfully complex character who has the ability to shock you at the turn of a page.

Now, let me address what worried me. I was really concerned about the romance in this book. I knew it was coming and I knew it was an LGBT romance, that’s fine, in fact that is perfect. However, in my experience with sapphic romances is they take over the plot. The author tends to be so entranced in this element that the plot and the general world building is forgotten about. I was worried that this would be the case with The Midnight Lie. However, I can assure you that it was not. The Midnight Lie was just the right amount of romance without it being overwhelming to the reader. This fact made me love the book even more.

I am struggling to see where this book is going to go next, however I am really looking forward to seeing the execution of a sequel. I have complete faith in Marie and I am sure I am going to enjoy it as much as I have this one. I absolutely loved this book, I would recommend it to everyone who will listen to me. The Midnight Lie is a definite must read for 2020.

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