Monday, March 7, 2011
Encrypted By Lindsay Buroker
Publication Date: January 12, 2011
Format I Read: E-book
Book Blurb: 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 Tikaya didn't have troubles enough, her new ally turns out to be exiled fleet admiral, Federias Starcrest, the man who recommended taking over her nation. To trust him could be a mistake; to fall in love with him would be a betrayal to her people, her family, and the fiancé she lost in the war. Those runes cloak more than mysteries, however, and he may be the only one who can help her unravel them before their secrets destroy the world
My thoughts: This book was quite unlike anything I had read. I don't normally dive into the world of fantasy, but this book caught my attention. I am very glad I took the time to read this one. Tikaya was a very likable character. The author weaves a story together with so much going on (pirates, technology, mathematics) that there is never a dull moment. Twists and turns are thrown in and often you are left spinning wondering what is coming next. Its a tough book to put down. This is one that will have something for anyone in it. No reader will be left unsatisfied. The authors writing was very easy to read and follow. The world that she built in this book was easy to follow, even for someone like me who is usually a contemporary romance reader where there really isn't anything to figure out except when person A and B are going to figure out they love one another.
If your in the market for something different, give this book a try. You won't be sorry. What is even better is that if you come back by Beck's Book Picks this Friday, I will be offering this book as a giveaway! So be sure to come back. I know this blog has been a little slow lately, but I am still here reading and starting to get back into the blogging mood.
**I read this book as part of the Book Lovin' Bitches E-book tours.**