March 1, 2016

Read On: The Sorcery Code

I'm pretty much a nerd about stories that fall into the magical fantasy genre and when I was asked to review The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales which is billed as a, "captivating tale of intrigue, love, and danger in a world where sorcery is entwined with science," I thought - heck yeah!

The story is set in a magical land where the people are separated by their ability to perform or not perform magic in a haves vs. have-nots class system. All but one of the charters in the book are sorcerers who perform magic in a mathematical way, similar to computer coding. The adventure begins when the protagonist, Blaise, creates a creature through magic that could hold the answers to the deep divide between the classes or be the end of civilization entirely, depending on who you ask.

Initially I was bored by the traditional male fantasy, virgin/whore construct that is set up between Gala (the magical creation, who takes the form of a young, naked girl) and Blaise's ex-fiance, Augusta (who is beautiful, sexually confident, snobbish and mean.) But I was won over by the smart and new way the characters use and wield their magic.

The book is a classic first book of a series, in that it leaves you with almost nothing tied up, lots of questions and wanting more. A good read for quiet weekend.

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