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TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales

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The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales
Publication date: December 2013
Genres: 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 fiancĂ©e, 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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I haven't read too many books about sorcerers. So I don't have much to compare this to. If I had to classify it, I'd call it an alternative reality. And a really thorough one at that. I really liked the world building in this book. It seemed pretty unique. In my opinion, their version of magic is hardly worth the trouble. But I suppose it makes sense. The explanations make magic a mix of scientific and supernatural. That was something fun and I really enjoyed all the theories about the Spell Realm and how Gala came to existence.
This book is told in third person from four different people's perspectives: Barson, Augusta, Blaise, and Gala.

My only problem is that I didn't connect to anybody all that much. Blaise intrigued me because he was the scientist guy. His ideas were crazy, but just crazy enough to work. So he amused me, but there was no deep connection.
The character I liked the most was Gala. She was just so clueless in the beginning. This makes sense, of course, because she had just been creating. At times I marveled at her stupidity. But considering she was literally born yesterday. Her behavior was understandable. He didn't change so much as mature over the course of the book and I did like watching that unfold.
The character I really didn't like was Augusta. I didn't hate her. But she ticked me off so bad. Pretty much nonstop. She was just absorbed in herself and her own problems. And then she doesn't give a dam about all the people that would potentially yourself.
The fourth POV is Barson. His role is not entirely clear to me, as far as "having an agenda of his own". But I do sense that it's something that'll change everything. So I do want to know if that's revealed in the next book.

There is the main plot involving Gala, as is expected from the summary.
But there's also a subplot. It's mentioned in the summary as well, but it's only actually eluded to in the book.
There is plenty of magic in this book. There are also secrets, a hint of romance, a bunch of responsibility, and the possible issue of morality.
There is more to the book than I'm mentioning here, but I don't want to spoil anything at all.
>Overall, it gave me something new to think about. I'm not in love with it or anything, but it was worth my time and I'll definitely be looking forward to book #2

Rating: 3.5 stars

Why: it was new and I appreciated it. However, I wasn't overly attached to it

Recommendation: words someone who could use a little more magic in your life. Also anyone who likes the idea of sorcery and what it would be like if people had discovers sorcery during the Renaissance

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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