After surviving ancient booby traps, deadly puzzles, and torture-happy imperial marines, cryptanalyst Tikaya Komitopis can’t wait to return home, even if that means explaining to her family how she came to love Fleet Admiral Rias Starcrest, the empire’s most notorious commander and the man responsible for the decimation of her people during the war.
Tikaya and Rias believe they’ll have several calm weeks at sea to mull over the problem of irate citizens and horrified parents, but the ship they board is on the run. The captain has acquired a mysterious stolen artifact… and the owners want it back. When he learns of Tikaya’s background, he urges her to decode its secrets, implying her life—and everyone else’s—might be forfeit if she fails.
Engima is a 15,000-word short story set after the events in Encrypted.
Ease of reading:
15,000 words. This is a very quick read. It took me about an hour.
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It’s been quite some time since I last delved into the world of Tikaya and Rias. In fact it has been over 12 months since I read Encrypted (Book #1). Still it felt like I was returning home to a family of characters I had grown to love.
Enigma is a short story, only around 15,000 words, but it’s a well constructed and entertaining 15,000 words.
The bantering between Tikaya and Rias is well developed and it felt real. I thoroughly enjoy their witty comments to each other. They are both highly intelligent characters, this makes them even more enjoyable in my opinion.
You’ll need to have read Encrypted before you pick this one up, as it’s the continuation of the story.
I would have loved a bit more of this, it was a fun, quick read. I can’t wait until book #2 in the Encrypted series. Please hurry Lindsay! 😀
You can see my review of Encrypted here.