Hello dearies! I'm very excited to be part of my first BLOG TOUR, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours!
This particular tour is a reviews-only tour for THE SORCERY CODE by Dima Zales.
First, here are some details about the book:
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'll be honest, at first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy THE SORCERY CODE. I haven't read a book with a male main character in a long time, and being thrust immediately into a scene with a man staring at a naked woman, well...I was worried.
But the story completely defied my expectations. I was initially intrigued by the premise of sorcery working like science, and the author did a FABULOUS job with this concept. The worldbuilding was wonderful - enough details that I could get a good sense of how the world worked but never so much description that it slowed down the action. I appreciated that the author respected and worked within the rules he had created for his world; there's nothing more annoying than a last-minute hitherto unknown magical "fix" for the main character's predicament.
I found the writing very smooth and easy to read, with moments that were genuinely thought-provoking, particularly when it came to Augusta and Barson. It was a unique experience to have so much insight into the antagonists' mindsets and philosophies. I was Team Blaise and Gala all the way, but I could understand many of Augusta's concerns and loved the added complexity her narrative contributed to the story.
Overall, THE SORCERY CODE was a great read and I will definitely check out the next book in the series when it comes out. This was the first book I've read by Dima Zales, and I am looking forward to checking out his other novels.
If you enjoy clean, character-driven fantasy with a unique premise and skilled world-building, you should definitely check out THE SORCERY CODE!
Rating: 5 Stars
And, as an added bonus, you can also enter to win paperbacks of Dima Zales and Anna Zaires' Krinar Chronicles!
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!