The Midnight Lie (Forgotten Gods #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Forgotten Gods series.

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Marie Rutkoski, you have absolutely done it again with this first installment of your newest YA series! The writing is beautiful and the descriptions of this world are so vivid. Nirrim is comfortable in her seemingly small and unimportant role at the bottom of society. When she meets roguish traveler, Sid, her eyes are opened to the realities of the world in which she lives. Nothing is as it appears to be and she discovers that there are lies being told to her, and a magic that is being concealed by the people she thought she could trust. This story drew me in from the very beginning and kept me up reading through the night. The only disappointment now is that I have to wait for book two! — From Miranda's picks

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Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski's The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic 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 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 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.

About the Author


Born in Illinois, Marie Rutkoski is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Harvard University. She is a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College and a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Praise For…


“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

“Lush, romantic, and powerful. In THE MIDNIGHT LIE, Marie Rutkoski spins a sensuous tale about awakening to the truth.” — Malinda Lo, author of Ash

"There is no doubt this is going to be one of the most complex and compulsively readable fantasies of the year." — Buzzfeed

"Prepare to be devastated by this gorgeously rendered sapphic fantasy." — Buzzfeed News

The Midnight Lie is unsettling and thrilling, the world intricate and purposeful, and Nirrim a protagonist readers will surely find enthralling.” — Shelf Awareness

"Read it for the romance, for the adventure, for the underlying commentary on divided societies—nothing disappoints. This is a treat for LGBTQ+ readers and the ending, happily, seems to indicate more to come." — Booklist

“Rutkoski returns to the world of the Winner’s Trilogy with elaborate descriptions and lush worldbuilding . . . Rutkoski offers a captivating LGBTQ love story, atmospheric in the vein of Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Charismatic characters and compelling chapter cliffhangers build intrigue throughout.” — Publishers Weekly

"Stunning." — Bustle

"Ushers readers into [its] world." — PopSugar

"Excellent." — Mugglenet

The Winner's Trilogy:

"The romance is heart-stoppingly lovely and admittedly steamy . . . but the raising of stakes and the reluctance of the couple to give up their respective causes, even as they confess their love for each other, lends their relationship a complexity not often seen in the genre." —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review

“Like any epic page-turner worth its salt, Rutkoski's richly imagined world is full of dynamic repartee, gruesome battle scenes, and shifting alliances. A high-stakes cliffhanger will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Rich characterization, exquisite worldbuilding and rock-solid storytelling make this a fantasy of unusual intelligence and depth...Precise details and elegant prose make this world fresh and vivid. The intricate and suspenseful plot, filled with politics, intrigue and even graphic violence, features neither heroes nor villains; every character displays a complex mixture of talents, flaws and motives...Breathtaking, tragic and true.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374306380
ISBN-10: 0374306389
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Forgotten Gods