I picked up a Kindle copy of The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires while browsing Amazon with a click-happy finger.
The blurb pulled me in fantastically
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 . . .
First impressions of the characters of The Sorcery Code
I enjoyed the build up between the characters and the development of their personal stories through their own chapters, however I did not find the book compelling to storm through – it was quite easy to put down and pick up again when I had a minute spare to read.
Magic as maths, a great fantasy concept
The concept of magic as maths was fantastic. It added a realistic element and a popular notion that you can’t have something wonderful (like magic / instantaneous gratification) without paying a price (in this case, algebra). However, I am terrible at maths and knew that if I lived in Blaise and Gala’s world I’d be one of the commoners, unable to wield magic at all, which was a disappointing realisation!
Sticky points during The Sorcery Code
Gala is an exciting, flighty character, essentially a new-born women with a whole lot of curiosity about the world and the power to do a lot of good (or a lot of damage). I understood Augusta’s issues with Gala’s creation ‘on paper’, but couldn’t get behind her all-consuming fear and determination to put a stop to Gala at all costs.
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