This Is How You Lose the Time War

Max Gladstone, Amal El-Mohtar

fiction lgbtqia+ romance science fiction
adventurous challenging emotional slow-paced

208 pages | first published 2019

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.
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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emotional 70%
adventurous 61%
mysterious 47%
challenging 41%
reflective 31%
hopeful 29%
tense 20%
dark 14%
inspiring 11%
sad 11%
funny 9%
lighthearted 2%
relaxing 1%
informative 0%


medium 43%
fast 31%
slow 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 83% | A mix: 12% | Plot: 2% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 8% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 47% | Yes: 32% | No: 10% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 45% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 21% | N/A: 5%

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