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A Soldier and a Liar


Can she trust them enough to risk everything?

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Lai Cathwell is good at keeping secrets. As a Nyte, a supernaturally gifted teenager who is feared and shunned by the ungifted, this skill is essential to survival. Orchestrating her own imprisonment to escape military duty has only honed her ability to deceive others. But when rebels start attacking the city, Lai is dragged back into the fight with a new team of Nytes.

Thrown together with Jay, a self-conscious perfectionist consumed by the desire to be accepted; Al, a short-tempered fighter lying for the sake of revenge; and Erik, an amnesiac hell-bent on finding his memories and his place in the world, Lai realizes she’s facing an entirely different kind of challenge—one that might just be impossible. But if this team can't learn to work together, the entire sector will be plunged into war.


Kitahara's hand doesn't loosen on my shoulder as we separate from the others and go out into the open. We duck behind whatever boulders we can. Small dust clouds kick up behind us. After about five minutes of slipping from cover to cover, we finally come upon the base.

I guess I had been expecting some high-walled fortress with guards walking along the parapets. But the base itself is set in a crater maybe a quarter mile down in the ground. The slopes are bare, offering no coverage, the color deepening from pale tan at the top to blood red at the bottom. The walls of the building set in the center of the depression are built out of deep red brick, matching the shade of the deeper part of the crater. The parapets on the outer walls do actually exist, and so do the soldiers patrolling them, but the structure itself is relatively small. It's easy to see how it could've been overlooked all this time.

I don't know how we're supposed to sneak past them without so much as a withered shrub to hide ourselves. They might've even found us already, depending on their gifts and technology. Who knows what Ellis managed to steal.

“Which way?” I ask.

“We don't need to be any closer,” Kitahara says. He glances back the way we came, but I can't see Mendel or Johann. I can hear their thoughts, though, so they must be close by somewhere.

Kitahara jerks his wrist down and a thin black blade as long as his hand appears. The handle has four holes in it for close combat, but he holds it like any normal pocket knife now, only more loosely.

He closes his eyes. Bends his head. Before I can ask what he's doing, his head snaps up and his wrist flicks out to send the knife flying. I can't even see the blade as it cuts through the air, it's so fast.

I see someone fall off the top of the wall.

“You don't look,” I say.

“I don't have to.”


"[This] fast-paced dystopian novel possesses glimmers of the same magic that made The Hunger Games such a big success." —VOYA

"Fans of the Shatter Me and The Darkest Minds series will salivate for A Soldier and a Liar. ... Utterly imaginative and vivid." —Booked J

"An interesting mix of supernatural and dystopian, with lots of action and secrets to keep the reader turning the pages for more." —Smada's Book Smack

"Brilliantly colored characters, a plot that shines with imagination and an author who has brought it all together never wasting a single word!" —Tome Tender

“It was difficult for me to put this book down! The dynamic between all the characters was very wonderful” —Anna Bowen, Swoon Reader

“A diverse cast, lots of action, and the narrative voice was beautiful. And wow, was that ending a twist!” —cute_entei, Swoon Reader

“An edge of your seat, intellectual, magical story ride.” —lilsakura423, Swoon Reader