Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales
The Sorcery Code
by Dima Zales
From the internationally bestselling authors who brought you the Krinar Chronicles comes a captivating tale of intrigue, love, and danger in a world where sorcery is entwined with science . . .
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 . . .
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The blurb for this book sounded really interesting and that’s what made me decided to sign-up for the blog tour of this book. Dima Zales had created a magical world in this book, where sorcerers are the upper class and the normal people can’t do magic. The main character is against this inequality and tries to fix it, creating a human like being instead.
The story was really interesting and moved at a nice pace, there are multiple point of views and this made it easier to understand why the characters where acting like they did. I always enjoy multiple point of views in a book and I think it’s done really well in this book, there aren’t much overlapping scenes and it was obvious who’s point of view it was. I liked the pace of the story, it was very consitent moving at the same pace the whole time. The story did was a bit predictable and I figured somet hings out before the characters did, but overal I did enjoy it. I read this book fairly quickly and when I was reading I wanted to keep reading to know what happened next, but then again when I did put it down I didn’t really think about the story or had to urge to pick it up again.
One of the few big issues I had with this book is the way the story is told. It is told from a third person perspective and it’s written in a bit of a distant way, which made it difficult for me to really connect with the characters. We where told of their emotions, but I couldn’t feel them. I think all the characters where interesting, but the focus was definitely more on the story than the characetrs. I liked to see how Gala experienced the world and her hunger to see and experience more, although she was very naïve as well and couldn’t really see what the result of some of her actions might be. I also liked seeing Augusta her point of view, from the blurb she might sound like the ‘evil guy’, but because we get to see her perspective it was easier to understand what she was thinking.
The world building was done well, shaping a good view of the world and even providing the reader with some history and background nessecrary to understand the current day world. I would’ve liked to see a map of the world though, because it was really difficult to get a view of how the world looked and where certain places where in relation to others. I did think the world was interesting and the idea of spells being possible due to another rhealm was really original.I would’ve liekd to learn more about how this process exactly works, but I think that might be explained more in future books in this series.
To conclude: I enjoyed this book, the pace of the story was done well and I was curious to see what would happen next. The story was a bit predictable, but enjoyable overal. The writing style made the story feel a bit distant and made it difficult to connect to the characters. I did like the world building, even though I would’ve liked to know more and I would’ve liked to see a map of the world to have a better idea what the world looked like.
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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!
Great review, Lola. It does sound like a much more plot-driven story. I don’t read fantasy very often but I do have a couple friends who might like this.
It’s a good book if you like a plot-driven story. I stil enjoyed it, but I would’ve liked more attention for the characters and world building.
I have received this book for review as well. I hope to start on it as soon as possible. From your review I can see that it wasn’t so spectacular… well, we can’t expect that from all the books we read. 🙂 I hope I’ll find it enjoyable enough, because I have great difficulties in finishing books that don’t make me think about the story when I put it down to do something else.
Oana @All Fantasy Worlds
I hope you enjoy it Oana, I am looking forward to hear what you think of it! Have you gotten it for review as part of the blog tour as well?
Basically it was an enjoyable story, but it wasn’t great. Or maybe that’s because I want more than only a good story in a book. I did finish it pretty quickly and it was easy to read, but there was just something missing for me.