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Encrypted

por Lindsay Buroker

Séries: The Emperor's Edge (Prequel 1), Forgotten Ages (1)

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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.… (mais)
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In Encrypted, Professor Tikaya Komitopis spent the war using her skills to decode enemy missives. So when she's kidpnapped from her family home she's terrified she'll be killed. Her only ally is another prisoner, one as academic as her and with as big a secret. Along with their captors (and an assassin familiar to reader's of Buroker's Emperor's Edge series, if twenty years younger) Tikaya and Rias understand the puzzling technology left by an ancient race and work to keep it out of the wrong hands. Tikaya is a great protagonist, smart, practical, not at all afraid to get her hands dirty. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
This is more like 3 and 1/2 stars.

I liked it, some of the things in the book was confusing (I thought they were all non-human/aliens but lots of the things they were talking about were very human/Earthling type stuff) ( )
  t1774ny | Sep 16, 2018 |
This is what I'd call a "popcorn book." It's pleasant, I enjoyed it, it was a light undemanding read but not very...flavorful? It wasn't so much the book as a related series, The Emperor's Edge, that was recommended to me, which I understand is much stronger, so that this didn't make a strong impression won't deter me from trying that series, although I'm not sure I want to continue the two direct sequels.

The book blends several genres: romance, science fiction and fantasy. Indeed that blend of magic and science is one of the distinguishing characteristics, reminding me of the Darkover books by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Pern books by McCaffrey I loved as a teen. Unlike those two series though this world isn't a "lost colony" of Earth but a world seemingly unrelated to ours once visited by an advanced alien race and now in the midst of an industrial revolution--so you could categorize this as Steampunk. The tech of the militant Turgonian Empire is science-based, while a lot of the nations that oppose the empire use "magic"--or at least paranormal talents such as telepathy and telekinesis. Our heroine Tikaya is a cryptologist who broke the Empire's code, thwarting the invasion of her island nation. She gets involved with the enemy, and the setup and plot reminds me quite a bit of Lois Bujold's Shards of Honor, and like this, that was the first book of a series, one that got stronger and more impressive in later books.

Except I immediately took to that book's Cordelia while, Tikaya... Well, she's likable, as is the love interest. I'm not sure what leaves me cold. Is it that we're continually told she's a genius who knows dozens of languages while in the story she doesn't show much smarts, at least none crucial to the story? Is it that she's a prodigy in archery who nevertheless has an annoyingly Bella Swan-like ability to trip over her own feet? The romance didn't do much for me either. Maybe just too rushed, the hero too... perfect? My favorite characters were secondary ones. But then from what I understand one of those minor secondary characters that intrigued me is precisely who we'll see more of in The Emperor's Edge, so I won't give up on Buroker yet. And though I might seem to be damning with faint praise, I did enjoy this. It's a fast-paced and action-packed adventure story. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Mar 26, 2014 |
I actually find it sad that I can't have a printed copy of this book, I wish some big publisher would pick it up so I could have it on my non-virtual bookshelves.

Several reviews have compared it to [b:Shards of Honour|61903|Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)|Lois McMaster Bujold|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51S86PPBW9L._SL75_.jpg|9673658] and it's a well-deserved comparison. While the dialogue may lack a bit of subtlety at times (though, I must say, it does improve vastly as the story progresses) the plot more than makes up for it. I couldn't put it down!

I hope the author writes more on these characters, it would be a delight to know what happened to them.

That being said, this book made me buy [b:The Emperor's Edge|10031259|The Emperor's Edge|Lindsay Buroker|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jpNjpFc+L._SL75_.jpg|14926833] without hesitation. Here's to hoping it's as good as this one, if not better. ( )
  Isa_Lavinia | Sep 10, 2013 |
Really enjoyable character-driven SF adventure.

(There's one decision the author made towards the end of the book that really bothered me, which is the only reason this isn't a 5* for me) ( )
  AlexDraven | Apr 6, 2013 |
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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.

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