This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Published June 10, 2021

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Book info

  • Title This is How You Lose the Time War
  • Author Amal El-Mohtar
  • Year 2019
  • Genre Science Fiction

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?


Mixed feelings on this one. If I’m honest, I almost gave up after the first couple of chapters but I stuck with it and I guess I’m glad I did. It’s so lovely to read, lyrical, poetry almost, a glorious glimpse of letter-writing between enemies turned friends turned lovers. But I can’t say I really followed what was going on, what the story was, where they ended up, it sort of went over my head. It was a pleasure to actually read, but I don’t know if I got anything out of it.

Rating: 3 / 5

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