Title: The Sorcery Code
Author: Dima Zales
Release Date/Publisher: December 16th 2013 by Mozaika Publications
Finished: December 11th 2013
Pages: 350-eBook-given for review
Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could’ve ever imagined – because, instead of an object, he creates Her.
She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of. She will do anything to experience the world . . . even leave the man she is beginning to fall for.
Augusta, a powerful sorceress and Blaise’s former fiancée, sees Blaise’s deed as the ultimate hubris and Gala as an abomination that must be destroyed. In her quest to save the human race, Augusta will forge new alliances, becoming tangled in a web of intrigue that stretches further than any of them suspect. She may even have to turn to her new lover Barson, a ruthless warrior who might have an agenda of his own . . .
What I thought:
I received an eBook copy of this for a review tour.
Through a good portion of the beginning of the book, I actually enjoyed Augusta and Barson’s story a lot more than Blaise’s and Gala’s. I think it was mostly for the action as well as the characters. The snippets of story are pretty short and go back and forth between characters quite a lot. I understand that Gala was a big deal, but it was just her learning about everyday things and Blaise trying to help while being attracted to her so it felt slower. One thing that helped is that the chapter titles have the character names of who’s narrating, so no confusion.
As the story goes on Gala acts like a kid and whines and wants to get her way a lot so she doesn’t listen, which turned me off her for a while. I understand that she technically is a kid since she’s new to the world, but she’s also supposed to be intelligent. Her show of magic later on though was totally awesome, especially with what she can do compared to other sorcerers. I still think she needs to grow a lot more.
The storywas pretty interesting, even if I had some character issues at first. I liked that there were explanations of how the magic came to be and what they had to use to get it to work. That was probably one of my favourite parts of this book for sure. It was interesting to see that the sorcerers had taken over the spot of the former nobility in ruling.
The darker plot forming behind the scenes was really interesting too. The ending kind of randomly popped up since I wasn’t expecting it yet. There was an exerpt from another book at the end so I thought I had more chapters of this one coming. There were bunch of things that were left unresolved but there was mention in my copy that this was going to have another book so that’s good.
While I had a couple of issues with it I did enjoy reading it. It has some new ideas for the world of magic which is what drew me in, even if some parts of the rest of the story weren’t as engaging.
About the Author:
Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career.
Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends. To read more, click here!