Publication date: December, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Blurb: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 . . .
For a kid from the 90s, this book mixed two great concepts together: creating a person and magic. Take a movie like Disney Channel's Pixel Perfect or the cult classic Weird Science, where people have created artificial intelligence that grows into someone who is living, breathing and learning and put that character into Harry Potter and you've got The Sorcery Code. Blaise, the main character, creates Gala out of the spell realm to help the people he used to serve as councilman. His intentions are really admirable, he wants to give magic to those not just of a high born stature, to help them better there lives. Not everyone agrees with him, including Augusta, his ex-fiance. She see's Gala as something dangerous and needs to be destroyed. Blaise has to ward off a fight of epic proportion while still dealing with Gala, who wants to experience everything their world has to offer.
The big sell for me with this book was the world. It was creative and unique, while still being rooted in traditional magic/spellcaster stories mixed with some steampunk elements. When traditional stories meet new and amazing twists, I think that makes the best stories! Things such as an old school class system with soldiers and councils give the book character and really make the leads more interesting in how they deal with situations and interact with different people. On top of all that, the dynamics between Blaise and Gala, Augusta and Blaise, and Gala with everyone else is fascinating to read about because of the relationship already established and the way those are changing during the story.
The character do make or break a story, The Sorcery Code is no different. I found it oddly intriquing that I really liked the so called "bad guy" in the story, Augusta. I thought she was great, even though she I still felt she was entirely off base with her logic. She had me feeling sorry for her at moments and then the next I wanted to smack her upside the head. Then you had Gala, who in my opinion stole the thunder from the main character Blaise. I loved him, don't get me wrong, but Gala so fun to read about. She was like a child in woman form learning everything around for the first time. Plus her naivety gave her perspective a fresh look at all the old things around all of them and really propelled you to see both the flaws of there world and the good things going on. This was really an awesome story to introduce a new world with and brought it all home with great characters. -My Opinion- ****4 stars
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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!
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