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This Is How You Lose the Time War

By Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone digital book - Fable

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* HUGO AWARD WINNER: BEST NOVELLA * NEBULA AND LOCUS AWARDS WINNER: BEST NOVELLA *

“[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay...This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From award-winning authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone comes an enthralling, romantic novel spanning time and space about two time-traveling rivals who fall in love and must change the past to ensure their future.

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandment 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, becomes something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

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

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Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingTwistyUnengaging characters
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Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingSuspensefulImmersive settingThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This was a beautiful, original romance set in a visually stunning world. The whole time I was reading the novel, I was immersed in the setting and can see this being turned into a beautiful series - someone please make it happen. The yearning in this book and the intensity between the characters was immaculate. I guess the only thing that ruined the experience was the fact that the book is quite short. I would have loved to see the characters and world be built out more and this would have helped get more attached to the characters and their love story. Overall, a wonderful experience✨”
Beautifully writtenAddictiveBeautiful settingDark settingRomantic
Loudly Crying Face“This book was incredible. Beautiful. Heart choking. Hard at times to wrap my mind around. Deeply poetic. An all around amazing reading experience. I doubt I will ever read anything quite like it again.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingBeautiful settingImmersive settingMagical settingHeartbreakingRomanticThought-provoking

About Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning author, editor, and critic. Her short story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards and was a finalist for the World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Aurora, and Eugie Foster awards. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey, and contributes criticism to NPR Books and The New York Times. Her fiction has most recently appeared on Tor and Uncanny Magazine, and in anthologies such as The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. She is presently pursuing a PhD at Carleton University and teaches creative writing at the University of Ottawa. She can be found online at @Tithenai.

Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone is the author of the Hugo-nominated Craft Sequence, which Patrick Rothfuss called “stupefyingly good.” The sixth book, Ruin of Angels, was released September 2017. Max’s interactive mobile game Choice of the Deathless was nominated for the XYZZY Award, and his critically acclaimed short fiction has appeared on Tor and in Uncanny Magazine, and in anthologies such as XO Orpheus: Fifty New Myths and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. John Crowley described Max as “a true star of 21st-century fantasy.” Max has sung in Carnegie Hall and was once thrown from a horse in Mongolia.

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