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Review: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar; Max Gladstone

July 8, 2019

About the book:

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. 

Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

Cowritten by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.

My thoughts:

Glorious and heartbreaking.

Told in unusual correspondence this story is an epic war time romance and impossible to put down.

I absorbed the words and emotions more than read each individual word. Landscapes are created, timelines altered in the blink of an eye and what existed no longer does, or did, or will. What acted a certain way now is entirely different. Changes are wrought where only the time warriors involved will remember them… or will they?

Not only is it fraught communication between sides, where trust may be fleeting or forever, but when each side realizes they are compromised… how do you survive let alone save each other?

This is a complex story, mindbending and detailed. A unique concept brilliantly put down onto the page – and yet I am still thinking, what of the words were real…? Have they changed? Would I know? A terrific story.

Get it when it comes out.

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