Red and Blue are elite agents working on different sides of a war in which battles are fought up and down the twisted, interconnected strands of time and space. They are the ultimate soldiers, each one unrivaled in her ability to do whatever it takes to gain the advantage necessary for a victory in the future. When Red stumbles upon a letter from Blue in the waste of a spent battlefield, a connection is forged between the two that is impossible to ignore. The pair begin a dangerous correspondence that draws each closer, all the while making the futures that each have dedicated themselves to seem all the less certain. This Is How You Lose the TIme War is an exceptional novella that is jam packed with tons of invention, a multitude of stunning locations, and brilliant poetic language on every page. The most impressive part of this book is that Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone deftly spin their tale of an all-encompassing, micromanaged war, and yet keep the focus entirely on the connection of the two women in the center of it all. -Ryan, Chicago ORD
Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters--and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.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.