Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

The Sorcery CodeTitle: The Sorcery Code

Series: The Sorcery Code #1

Dima Zales

Published: December 2013

Source: E-copy from the author for my honest review

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 . . .

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My Review

The Sorcery Code started off exactly right and it just continued getting better. It is told in alternating P.O.V. of four characters, and rather than this being over-powering or confusing, it works well and adds a deeper layer to the story.

The main two characters (I believe) are Blaise and Gala and they are the "good guys" of the piece. Blaise is a powerful sorcerer who wants magic to be shared with everyone, not just a select, powerful few. He accidentally creates Gala in attempt to make magic accessible to all, which is where the story begins. Gala is a magical being who looks like a beautiful, young woman. The chemistry between her and Blaise is there almost from the start, even before she's fully understood what love and lust are. Both these characters are just gorgeous people and Gala is one of the most pure-hearted people you could imagine.

The "bad guys" (more accurately, the against-the-good-guys) are Augusta and Barson. Barson is a military man so he is more about following orders than deciding what's right or wrong, Augusta is the main baddie of the story though she isn't really all that bad. Augusta is afraid of new things, change, worried it will mess up her almost-perfect world, and she is more misguided than evil which is something I wouldn't have known if I hadn't seen her P.O.V. I really liked how she was written and though I wouldn't like to be her best friend, I thought her character was superb.

This book is fairly decently sized for a fantasy novel but as the story captured me so well I felt like everything was over way too soon. The pacing in the book was lovely and everything fell into place rather well but I was so lost in the story that I didn't realise I was near the end and my only real disappointment with this book is that I didn't get to savour it enough!

I loved pretty much everything about this book. The world buliding was great and I loved how complicated and mathematical this worlds magic was. The characters were all wonderfully written and a joy to read about. This book is not my usual YA but it is fantasy and I'd highly recommend if you love wonderful worlds, characters, and magic! Did I mention there's romance? ;)

4.5/5 Whales

Author Bio - Dima Zales

Dima ZalesDima 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!
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  1. Great review I love how the villains are given a POV! That,s rare and I really enjoyed the couple times I read a book with it. I'm glad you liked it it sounds like a fun read!

    1. I haven't read many books with it either but I really enjoy seeing all perspectives! :)

  2. I loved the review. I've never heard of a book written from the villain's POV. How interesting. I am really looking forward to reading this book.

    1. It was really good to see through both the goodies and the baddies P.O.V. :)

  3. Thank you very much! I really enjoyed your thoughtful review!

    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed your book! :)