The Sorcery Code
Author: Dima Zales
Publication Date: December, 2013
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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 will admit, when I first started doing blog tours, I signed up for a lot of books without reading what they were about or what the genre was. Opening The Sorcery Code in my ereader, I was a little surprised to find it something in my wheelhouse. Magic, fantasy, romance, it was all there, and I immediately began to enjoy the book that I had agreed to review for my blog.
Dime Zales crafted a wonderful world in this story, reminiscent of other popular fantasy novels. It's a brand new world that no one has ever seen, and it is definitely a world that I was ready to learn about. I will say, though, that it was a little unnerving at first to be dropped smack dab in the middle of this new world without much of an explanation as to where it was or how it came to be. I usually like to know a little more about the world I'm experiencing before I get too far in. Dima Zales makes it work, though, by gradually giving the information as it becomes relevant to the characters or to the reader.
It was a little unsettling at first to have four different perspectives through the story. It's all third person, but it's limited to the one character essentially "in charge" of the story for the chapter/pages that belong to them at the time. It jumps from person to person (Gala, Blaise, Augusta, and Barson), and, while the chapter always tells who is in charge of the scene, it is a little jarring sometimes, like I flew from one place to the other without much of an understanding where I was flying to. I like getting a little closer to the main characters, though. If you're going to jump perspectives, Zales approached it in a good, easier to follow way.
I enjoyed this novel and the characters that Zales brought to life on the page. Magic is always a wonderful place for stories to live and explore. I would suggest this story to anyone who likes a good fantasy novel, an escape, or a place where magic is real.