Image of The Cipher: A Novel of Crosspointe, Bk. 1

THE CIPHER

Image of The Cipher: A Novel of Crosspointe, Bk. 1

The setting in this new fantasy is so well described that readers will believe they're in the midst of the storm that opens the book. The heroine, whose magical talents get her into a world of trouble, is both tough and vulnerable. Secondary characters are realistic, the dialogue is believable and the worldbuilding is solid. Intrigue, action and a bit of romance make for a highly satisfying story.

The fortune of the royal Rampling family is tied up in a lawsuit, so all family members must work. Minor royal Lucy Trenton is employed by the customs service. Unlike others, she can detect majick, and she's been illegally collecting ciphers. But someone's discovered her secret and is blackmailing her. Exposure is out of the question, because her entire family would be discredited. One man, ship captain Marten Thorpe, can help her, but can she trust him? (ROC, Nov., 432 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski