Book Review: This is how you lose the time war by Ahmal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Two hundred and one pages of can’t-put-down goodness.

Red and Blue are agents of opposite sides of a time-traveling war. It’s a cat and mouse kind of game, leaving victorious, taunting letters for the other one to find in order to gain the upper hand. The teasing turns into respect for the other’s craft, and that turns into something that could truly shake the world of time itself: a forbidden romance.

This is the kind of book that you speed through wanting to know what happens, only to want more. I was sad that it was such a quick read, but relieved that I didn’t have to be tortured for days over a dragged-out plot. It’s witty, sharp, silver-tongued, and tantalizing. I would recommend either audio or page version, both are quick and satisfying.


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