Hello, my darling readers!
Let’s talk about a fascinating book I got in an Illumicrate box: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski. Want to find out why it was so hard to put this down?
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
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.
The worldbuilding here. Wow.
I was immediately entranced by what Rutkoski has created here. It’s something new yet drawing from ancient mythology in ways. We get some lovely references to poetry but always with a twist.
The book comes with many interesting aspects that provide some food for thought. Furthermore, the character development was on point and I was more than excited to follow along with Nirrim.
Rutkoski does a great job setting up the story, peppering in twists, turns, and surprises while enveloping the reader in a world of magic – and deceit.
It was almost impossible to put down this book as was drawn to this world she had created. I wanted to learn more, figure out how everything works, where the magic comes from, what it does. You always get just enough to understand what’s going on but you’re still left wanting more.
Speaking of wanting more! That ending! Oh, what a cliffhanger! I had not realized that would be more books when I started reading, so I was a bit surprised and stunned when I turned the final pages. I need to know what happens next RIGHT NOW!
Long story short, this is a wonderful novel. The world-building is fascinating, the character has some great development, and I can’t wait for the next part!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!