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Encrypted (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 man ...more
Nook, 290 pages
Published January 12th 2011 by Lindsay Buroker
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Ksenia I started with Encrypted (following the recommendation from a comment on Rachel Bach blog). Now after I read EE series, i still think better to start…moreI started with Encrypted (following the recommendation from a comment on Rachel Bach blog). Now after I read EE series, i still think better to start from Tikaya's story.(less)
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Sep 07, 2011 Hirondelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hirondelle by: Isa Lavinia
This was a rec from a friend, and she got my number, this sort of story is precisely my thing : a sort of cross between Shards of Honour with a touch of The Man in the Maze for ominous, and a code breaking / language translating theme. Right up my alley.

And it starts well. I like the authors writing (nothing to write home about, but competent and not in the way). I like the universe, it is interesting - a planet where there is a clash of cultures, some depending on magic, another more backwards
Sherwood Smith
Finished last night as it was far too hot to sleep.

Overall a fun read in spite of the phenomenal body count, racketing along at a crashing pace from start to finish, not just action but romance between enemies, one of my favorite story elements. I do wish it had been proofed better (grammar and spelling errors force me out of the immersion) but that's a toughie that we all face these days.

There was also one sharp disappointment; I guess because of all the wish-fulfillment tropes that Buroker em
Jul 31, 2015 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loved the Emperor's Edge series and this one is following the adventures of Rias (Admiral Starcrest) and Tikaya (the cryptographer) and I loved it too! :)

Ever since reading about Sicarius and his contact with Rias in the Emperor's Edge books, I was curious to discover how really things went! And I was not disappointed!

This book if a non-stop action! A wonderful heroine, Tikaya and a fantastic hero, Rias! WOW! And, obviously a very young Sicarius! ;)

The romance part is very light, but strongly
Lisa (Harmonybites)
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
Utterly fun and compelling fantasy with sf-nal elements or sf with fantasy elements that is very much in the spirit of Shards of Honor though set in on a secondary world with a mix of magic (better put paranormal stuff like telepathy and the like - so in many ways the book belongs in the grand sf tradition of old) and early industrial tech rather than in a high-tech multi-system human space with biotech as "magic" vs old-fashioned guns and armed spaceships

The militaristic empire (Turgonian) that
Tami (synchro from BL)
A typical Buroker, I'd say. Which means interesting world-building (set in the same universe as the Emperor's Edge series), great rich characters, funny banter, a romance (a bit of the cleaner side, but with delicious tension).

I enjoyed it a lot and will read the other two in the series as well.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

Lindsay Buroker is another new to me author. I enjoyed this introduction to her writing very much. Her heroine is a nerdy type who has a lioness lurking inside her and it was fun to see her coming out to play. The world she built seemed to have a lot of aspects of our world but it was pretty different. The three main societies; military based, science based, and magic based gave lots of room for an interesting story to grow. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Nov 23, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encrypted was kind of a mash up of PNR and science fiction (without space exploration or space travel) as well as some elements of fantasy. I had quite a bit of fun reading it because of the adventure aspect. In some ways it reminded me of a James Rollins novel with all the creatures and the cave exploration but with some romance thrown in. The only problem I had with it was that I thought the "I love you's" happened quite a bit too quickly which reminded me too much of Insta-Love. I do have a p ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Hallie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
I found this quite disappointing, as I've very much enjoyed all the Emperor's Edge books, and loved the idea of a heroine who is valued/a dangerous tool because of her cryptography skills. But while there was a lot to enjoy in this, two things really let it down for me, one major and one less important in overall plot significance, but still annoying. The first was that our heroine, Tikaya, became virtually superwoman - not only were her translating skills at incredibly high levels (and by incre ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Bigal-sa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Rather a strange storyline, with the people in the story living somewhere between the middle ages and the industrial age. There are three races of people, telepaths, agrarian and militaristic, with the militaristic people being the most advanced industrially. The story revolves around a university professor from the agrarian society (really!) who is a code breaker (really!!) and an admiral from the militaristic society who has been imprisoned for disobeying his emperor. These two, of course have ...more
This was the first of Lindsay's books I've read, and from what I've seen with Encrypted, it will not be the last!

I started reading this book while at home sick and I spent then next few hours lost in the world that Lindsay created. It is so captivating, it will leave you wishing you could enter the pages yourself and explore outside the bounds of the story with Tikaya and Rias. The cryptography was initially what drew me to this book, but I was sold completely when I read the description and fo
Carolyn F.
Jun 22, 2012 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance, ebook, sfr
Tikaya was a cryptologist during the war and is kidnapped about a year later to translate some ruins. On the ship there's another prisoner that she's warned to stay away from, Rias, who has some big secrets. This is super smart, scientist, nerd love and was really great. Very good book.
Sep 05, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book. I devoured it in a day and completely ignored everyone around me in order to finish it. It was such a unique idea to me and I completely loved the great mix of Science fiction with a love story. It was wonderful. Definitely recommend this one.
Jan 13, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's incredible how much difference a change of perspective can make! I had initially tried Encrypted soon after I'd finished the second book of the author's "Emperor's Edge" series, but found it less engaging than I'd hoped (perhaps due to the freshness of Amaranthe in my mind, making Tikaya here pale in comparison) and put it aside for another day. Picking up the book anew after I'd finished the Emperor's Edge books and become acquainted to an older Tikaya in Forged in Blood II, though, I can ...more
Valië Débora
Jul 27, 2015 Valië Débora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it.
I read this as part of the kindle bundle 14 Fantasy Books and it was by far one of the very best.
A mix of Lovecraft, Arthur C. Clarke and Steampunk, the story is engaging, the characters are fun, the romance is there just in the right ballance and isn't one of those teenage romances so popular right now.
I was also very happy that despite being the first to a trilogy, the story starts and ends in the same book, and I can be satisfied with it for some time, though I've already bought
Jun 21, 2014 Katie.g rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
3.5 stars!

A quick fun read, set around fifteen years before the Emperor's Edge series. Honestly, it's been a few months since I read anything by Buroker but the prose surprised me a little. It was more light-hearted than I remembered and at times (especially if something in the outside world was distracting me) I read a few paragraphs without retaining the knowledge of what I read. However, this did come at a time after reading two fantastic, mind-blowing novels so perhaps I'm being a little har
Feb 04, 2014 Veevee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the Emperor's Edge series i was left jittery, scattered and down-right catatonic for more, and so i turned to Encrypted, to quench my withdrawal symptoms. While Encrypted is not as good as the Emperor's Edge series, it is still an enjoyable read with fun characters and an interesting plot. The writing of course is good, and the dialogue hilarious like i would expect. My main little tiny issue, was that there was a small smidge of inta-love type thing sorta. Its hard to explain. What i mean ...more
Rosa Folgar
May 21, 2012 Rosa Folgar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I was originally drawn by the cover. After only a cursory glance at the description, I bought the book knowing only that the protagonist was kidnapped from her parents home for her gift with languages to decipher cryptic codes. The whole time, I thought it was a YA and that's really what made me want to read it (check my shelves, I'm all about YA) but it wasn't until the first 5 chapters I realized I was WAY off and read the actual descriptions and reviews.

To my surprise, I was pleasantly surpri
Feb 27, 2011 Bc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really well done book.

The plot is good. Female geek is kidnapped by evil empire to translate an unknown language for some sinister purpose. Along the way she is befriended by an enigmatic fellow prisoner who is also needed by her captors and whose secrets are both an opportunity and a danger to our heroine.

The world-building is decent. There is an expansionist, steam-technology based, and militaristic empire. There is a Psi-based empire that is somewhat friendly. Then there is a pea
Aug 15, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed-copy
First off I'll say that I'm a big fan of Lindsay's work and have read everything else she has put out so far. That being said I read Encrypted as a bit of a prequel to the Emperor's Edge series as it does answer some questions that occur around the third book in that series. The reader is also treated to a view of Sicarius as a young man, which was pretty awesome actually. If I had no exposure to the rest of Lindsay's work this book would still be deserving of 4-4.5 stars. I just think there was ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action adventure fans, Steampunk fans
Second read review: I originally gave this book 4 stars, but upon reading it a second time, I've decided to up it to 5. Why? #1 Because I enjoyed it enough to read it twice which is a rarity for me #2 Because it was even more fun the second time around. This book is action packed and funny and an all-around good time. Extra bonus, the author updated the awful original cover she had on it.

I just looked at the cover on this book in more detail and realized how aw
Jun 15, 2015 Férial rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to be back to Buroker's EE world (some 20 years ago though). I was glad to have Rias and Tikaya back...and a 17 y/o youth called...Sicarius.

Yes, nice.

Buroker's books might not be perfect or without flaws but I don't care. They are my comfort books :)
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 ha ...more
Elizabeth Mock
Fun stand-alone prequel adventure in the same universe as The Emperor's Edge. I would suggest reading it after reading the Emperor's Edge series, because there are some fun easter eggs if you have. It also makes one of the reveals more significant if you've read the main series. It was cool to get to see Turgonians from another foreigner's perspective besides Balisard. I enjoyed Tikaya and Rias as the nerdy protagonists, and seeing a seventeen-year-old Sircarius was really fascinating, given wha ...more
May 02, 2016 Niria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilery in an abstract, analytical way, but a bit of plot is discussed. Proceed at own risk:


You know that feeling of intelligence and awe you get when listening to smart people talk?
Imagine two smart people talking. To each other.

Sounds quite overwhelming, but Buroker delivers it without the arrogance or eye-rolling that might usually accompany such characteristics. Her lead characters' intelligence does not overshadow their more humane traits and flaws. Although I'm not sure dear Rias has
Dixie A.
Jan 02, 2015 Dixie A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the EPIC: Fourteen Books Of Fantasy boxed set in exchange for an honest review.

Having read the summary beforehand, I was surprised by how good this book is. Despite being labeled as a work of fantasy, it could easily have been science fiction or even regular fiction with only a few small changes. It's about a cache of deadly weapons that two warring countries want in order to use against each other. The catch? All of the instructions are in a
Feb 12, 2016 Heike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again the writing style, story building, and character development kept me hooked to a book by Lindsay Buroker. I usually feel like being played when an author recommends to read (= buy) another of her books to fully understand a story, but after already being hooked to her Emperor’s Edge series I didn’t mind to prolong my stay in this “world” with a spin off. I did hope for a good read, and was surprised to find that I liked this series even better.
While this counts absolutely as a stand-alone
May 27, 2013 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasyandscifi
Good beginning to a series, the main characters are likeable though some of the plot points were obvious. However it's well written, and we expect those points to happen.
The book starts after a great war, and Tikaya has returned home to her family when she is taken in order to use her abilities to decrypt an ancient language. She's not a walk over, but uses her intelligence to work her way out of the traps she finds herself in.
Dava Stewart
Jun 29, 2014 Dava Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book -- I took my phone on a camping trip in order to finish it.

It's far more plot-driven than character-driven, and is something of an action/fantasy story. The fantastical elements include the fact that it doesn't take place in the world we live in, and there's some magic. Things are similar enough, though, for readers to understand who is who and what's going on.

My only complaint -- and it's not really valid for the purposes of this review -- is how familiar the main c
Nathan Lowell
Sep 05, 2011 Nathan Lowell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little leery about this one, even tho I really enjoyed "Emperor's Edge." I shouldn't have been.

Lindsay does a great job expanding her world in this new view from "the other side." Well rounded characters, clever plot, and wonderful dialog ... this is a really nice read that'll keep you flipping pages until you get to the end.

Highly recommended.
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