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Encrypted (Encrypted Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lindsay Buroker
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Professor Tikaya Komitopis isn’t a great beauty, a fearless warrior, or even someone who can walk and chew chicle at the same time, but her cryptography skills earn her wartime notoriety. When enemy marines show up at her family’s plantation, she expects the worst.

But they’re not there to kill her. They need her to decode mysterious runes, and they ask for help in the manner typical of a conquering empire: they kidnap her, threaten her family, and throw her in the brig of their fastest steamship.

Her only ally is a fellow prisoner who charms her with a passion for academics as great as her own. Together, they must decipher mind-altering alchemical artifacts, deadly poison rockets, and malevolent technological constructs, all while dodging assassination attempts from a rival power determined the expedition should fail. As if the situation weren’t treacherous enough, this new “ally” may turn out to be the last person Tikaya should trust. Those runes cloak more than mysteries, however, and he’s the only one who can help her unravel them before their secrets destroy the world.

Approximately 105,000 words (400 paperback pages)


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Encrypted (A+) is a fun romp, an adventure in the Lois Bujold Barrayar spirit...which I highly recommend if you like your sff fast, page turning with action, mysteries and a dash of romance. --The Fantasy Book Critic

About the Author

Lindsay is an independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She also gets excited about dark chocolate, vanilla lattes, and chatting online with her readers. Most of her heroines are on the geeky side--it's possible she might be too.

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lindsayburoker.com
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twitter.com/GoblinWriter

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  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IZLFO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable February 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I grabbed this after reading the author's previous book. It is set in the same world but in a different time frame and environment - which I liked because it gave a sense of richness to the world-building. The book is somewhat hard to describe because it contains several different elements but in many ways it reminds me of early Andre Norton where a less advanced culture comes upon mysterious relics from an alien civilization. Only in this case, the less advanced culture is a right in the middle of the steam age, complete with steam-powered iron ships. And did I mention that there was magic? But somehow, it all works together in a plot that was fast-moving and lots of fun.

I also really liked the characters. How can you resist a heroine who is smart, wears glasses (and really can't see without them), and trips over her own feet? And the hero was kind of a geek - but a very good-looking, competent geek. There was more romance in this than in the previous book but it worked really well. I liked the secondary characters as well and the effort the author put in to showing them as individuals and not just painting them as black or white because of the side they were on. Oh, and the appearance of a young Sicarius was a special treat.

All in all, a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book set in this world.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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INTRODUCTION: "Encrypted" is another indie novel I found out about through a review inquiry; the author actually let us know about her series debut The Emperor's Edge and while I liked its blurb/excerpt and asked for a review e-copy, I also noticed her other novel Encrypted which tempted me so much that I bought it on the spot and read it soon after.

Of course I plan to read The Emperor's Edge too - it starts great with the same engaging style of Encrypted - so in a month or so, I should have a review of that one here too, but for now I will talk about Encrypted since it resonated with me quite a lot and I want to explain why - the essential reason is because of its very close similarity in spirit and style with one of my all time favorite duologies.

Encyrpted is set some 15-20 years earlier in the same universe of The Emperor's Edge and it is a standalone with mostly different characters, though one of the main characters from the latter one appears here too in a pretty important role, so from that point of view it makes also a great introduction to the universe.

"Professor Tikaya Komitopis isn't a great beauty, a fearless warrior, or even someone who can walk and chew chicle at the same time, but her cryptography skills earn her wartime notoriety. When enemy marines show up at her family's plantation, she expects the worst. But they're not there to kill her. They need her to decode mysterious runes, and they ask for help in the manner typical of a conquering empire: they kidnap her, threaten her family, and throw her in the brig of their fastest steamship.

Her only ally is a fellow prisoner who charms her with a passion for academics as great as her own.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read January 25, 2011
By Ginny
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not one for long reviews so I'll keep this short. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters & the plot kept me interested to the end. I am looking forward to reading the next book, Emperor's Edge.

Lindsay Buroker is going on my must read author's list, she tells an intriguing, hard to put down story.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Premise: Tikaya is a linguist, but during the war, she became a master cryptographer, and was instrumental in protecting the allies of her island home from invading navies. After the war, the defeated Turgonians want revenge on the one they call the cryptomancer, but first they kidnap her to help them decipher some mysterious runes. Along with another prisoner with a mysterious past, Tikaya needs to help her captors enough to keep herself alive, but if the secrets lead to putting something dangerous in Turgonian hands, she'll have to try to stop them.

I enjoyed reading this book, although it was fundamentally sort of fluffy. The romance is fine, the characters are sweet, the action is well done. It just didn't make a huge impression on me. It doesn't linger in the mind.

Side Note: I hated the original cover. It's been updated, but it's still kinda boring.

Again, I liked Tikaya, she's super-smart with a bit of quirky humor, although a race of pale blond intellectuals living on a tropical island nation strains my credulity more than a little. Not a big problem for me, just a little reaction of "really?"

It was fun to read, it really was, but I'd have been more interested if the plot wasn't so pat. The good people are good. The nasty people are nasty. The good country is good. The nasty country is nasty. The good honorable people who come from this nasty country don't seem to be a contradiction. There is a clear answer to the moral question of what to do about the technology they find at the end of the arctic tunnels, and the good people agree about what the answer is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Loved the Emperor's Edge series and craved more from the same author and universe. Devoured the first two books and am enjoying the third now. Read more
Published 10 days ago by RC Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, intriguing and humorous.
Enjoyed this story, it was an easy read, interesting characters, intriguing storyline and some gentle romance thrown in for free. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Another very good read from Lindsay Buroker--highly recommended!
Set in the same world as Emperor's Edge (EE), but several years earlier. The protagonist is mostly Tikaya (who has a small role in Forged in Blood, EE#7, and a larger role in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hy D. Tran
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating read
Couldn't put it down, was a great read, can't wait to read decrypted. Read it in less than a week.
Published 2 months ago by easy read
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Fantasy with Intelligent Characters
I am tough to please (especially when it comes to fantasy) and I liked this one. This is the fantasy version of Space Opera. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story
An interesting and well paced story. It helps to fill in the world of The Emperors Edge series. The characters are likable and hate-able while the technology is well described and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Backstory
I'm glad I found this book which fills in the backstory to some of the characters in The Emperor's Edge series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trivia Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good. Well written, exciting, interesting, and unique. Strong, intelligent, competent main female character who is a klutz. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Published 5 months ago by cats
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Very entertaining and engaging.
Published 6 months ago by Juliana Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Like others I was first reminded of Lois McMaster Bujold ...
Like others I was first reminded of Lois McMaster Bujold books (in a good way!). The characters come alive quickly before your eyes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Pratt
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Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered.


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