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  • Writer's pictureCheyanne Lepka

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal Eh-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

Rating: 5/5 stars

Pages: 208

Genre: Romance, Time Travel

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada

Release Date: July 16, 2019

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

And 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.

Except discovery of their bond would be 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?

(Blurb as found on Goodreads)


*** Special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC of this book ***

So. This book has been one that I was on the fence about requesting. Y’all know I’m not a big romance fan, and this one is unabashedly a love story. BUT. I decided that the premise sounded so good, even with it being a love story, that I had to read it.


So. This book is absolutely outstanding. If I could give it six stars. I would. Not only is the prose absolutely gorgeous and poetic, but the story! I loved it. So well done. I won’t say more than that, because spoilers. But OMG.

Also, what I didn’t know is that this is a sapphic romance! I absolutely loved the relationship between Red and Blue, and the way they would write to each other, ugh, be still my heart. I dunno when I became a sap, it might have just been since this book, but I am one.

So. I could rant about how amazing this book is for days (don’t test me, I will). But I’m gonna cut to the chase.

This is a book that I would recommend to readers who love a wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey love story, don’t mind a little bit of an unusual structure to the book (it’s written in both third person and as letters between Red and Blue), love the bizarre, and most of all, who are feeling like they really need to watch two women fall in love with each other through unbelievably poetic letters.

This is a book that I will definitely be buying and rereading, cause OMG.

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