TITLE: This Is How You Lose the Time War
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."
This is a beautifully written semi-epistolary novella, with an interesting concept, novel world building and quirky characters. I loved how the characters developed together. This novella reminded me a bit of Patricia McKillip's The Riddle Master of Hed trilogy, while at the same time being completely different. Maybe it was the writing style?