Date read: December 4, 2016
1.5. Enigma - Kindle
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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.Thoughts on Enigma: Not only does Tikaya have to figure out how to break it to her family and friends back on the island that the man she's fallen in love with has some *history* with her people, but the ship they tap to take them back to civilization is kinda, sorta on the run. That happens, right? Especially when you've just extricated yourself from a bad situation and only want a peaceful journey home.
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.
Good thing Tikaya and Rias are up to the challenge of figuring out what they've been tasked with and how to get out of the sticky situation they're in.
Frankly, I'd be more worried about how her family's going to react to Rias than anything else. They sound like a tough crowd and I can only imagine it'll be an uphill battle convincing them he's not the monster he's been made out to be.