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Encrypted (Encrypted #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,232 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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
ebook, 290 pages
Published January 12th 2011 by Lindsay Buroker
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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 author´s 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 backward...more
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...more
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.
Carolyn F.
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.
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...more
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...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...more
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.
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
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...more
Rosa Folgar
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...more
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...more
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
Brondt Kamffer
Having read Buroker's The Emperor's Edge, I picked this one up without hesitation, even though it was listed as "fantasy romance." Well, in short, I'm glad I did. Encrypted is more than just a love story. In fact, I felt the romance was not as strong as it could have been--which is not to say that the romance was poorly written, just that everything else here was so well done that at times I felt the romance was rushed to make it fit the timetable of the plot. If you are picking this book up for...more
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
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
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
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...more
Nathan Lowell
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.
A Goddess
It is a romance in the true sense (a la Robinson Crusoe) with a little romance in the modern sense thrown in too (a la boy-meets-girl). I loved it. I've been reading novels constantly for the past month, one or two books a day, and has been the best book I've read so far. I can't really add any more that hasn't already been said by other reviewers

This was the best sci-fi book I've read in a long time. I loved the depth and complexity of the characters. I couldn't put the book down because the action and suspense were nonstop.
Buroker is quickly becoming one of my favorite new authors. I especially enjoyed the cameo by my favorite assasin later in the book.
The book doesn't get a full five stars from me because I don't feel like the characters were quite as solid as the Emperor's Edge- some of their motivations are hazy, and Rias is too perfect to actually be passable for a real person. Nevertheless, I ripped through this book with the same speed as the EE books and am quickly starting the next... so I must be invested...more
Like many fans of Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge series, I just couldn’t resist the urge to read this new series, set in the same world. I wanted to know more about Tikaya and Rias Starcrest, who also appear in the Emperor’s Edge series. I wanted to find out about the world outside of Turgonia, where the action in the Emperor’s Edge is set. In that sense, this was a satisfying read. I now understand Tikaya & Rias better (Tikaya in particular. I couldn’t really figure her character out in the other...more
The worst part about finishing this book is knowing that there currently aren't any more Lindsay Buroker titles out there for me to read. ;( She has definitely got the formula down: a strong, intelligent female, who has to solve some problem, but lack some important skill to do so. Insert a handsome, oh-so masculine, and of course wildly-talented-in-the-area that she needs man. The main problem with this guy is that he is usually toting some major secret that will cause the woman problems along...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Now that was a really good fantasy-mystery story. I have to admit that i had my doubts, but once more i was proved wrong.
When i was done i the prologue my reaction was "ohhh..noo...i will not like that and it is big too..damn".
Then i'm done with the first chapter and i'm "ok..that's gettting interesting"
After second chapter? "hohoho that's goooood! that's really good!o.o"
Yep! Exactly like that! After chapter 6-7 i finished the book in one read!

What i liked about it was its originality, the fanta...more
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...more
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