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Friday, January 10, 2014

{Blog Tour} THE SORCERY CODE by DIMA ZALES -- with giveaway and review

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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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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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Usual Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was offered or taken and the following is my true opinion.

As always, I promise no major spoilers, but there will be something I mention that happens. It isn't a spoiler, but since I directly address it when talking about that so-and-so, Augusta, I needed to warn you first!

Dima Zales' world of magic users and non-magic users is built well. You immediately get the dichotomy and it's very easily pictured without the heavy, overuse of adjectives you find in some other novels.

The characters and their point of views are very distinctive, which made me think that the chapter titles utilizing their names was unnecessary. Then again, I tend to read all in one sitting, so perhaps that is helpful for people who can only sneak in a few pages at a time?

I loathed Augusta. LOATHED. I didn't like her from the very first descriptions as Blaise's ex-fiancee based on her cavalier attitude towards those she considers beneath her, but as the book went on, my lip curled with disgust every time she was in the scene. Her actions just worsened from scene to scene and what was even more disgusting was that she truly believes her own "masking" that her actions are for the greater good instead of out of spite, jealousy, and greed for power. How else do you explain the fact that she STOLE those documents? Uha, yeah, sure. Man, I really hated her. What a well-written character to provoke such ire from the reader!

Gala, on the other hand, made me smile. Wide-eyed innocence and curiosity, soaking in the new realm she has found herself in, and her desire to protect and to LIVE is wonderful and admirable. Ganir and Blaise are also incredibly distinct, but you are unsure as to where they stand...are they good or are they corrupt? Is Blaise so hellbent on revenge that he can't see straight? Will it derail him?

I got to 93% in my ARC on my Kindle and then was flabbergasted when I turned the page and...THAT WAS IT? Oh my. Flipping cliffhangers. lol I am looking forward to seeing the new developments in the next book. I am fully, 100% on Gala's side and hope that Ganir's supposition about Blaise & Gala bring them happiness and works well for them! 

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