The Sorcery Code: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue

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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 ...

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Overview

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 . . .

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The Sorcery Code grabs your interest from the beginning with a naked woman appearing on the floor of Blaise's study and the story never slows down.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988391390
  • Publisher: Mozaika Publications
  • Publication date: 12/6/2013
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 659,361
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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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.

He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants.

In addition to his own works, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, has been a bestseller in its categories and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman's Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere.

Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. Dima's fans are strongly encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work at http://www.annazaires.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    I found The Sorcery Code to be a very enjoyable book. Even thoug

    I found The Sorcery Code to be a very enjoyable book. Even though it is listed under the genre of fantasy, I found the characters to be quite relatable. The stories use of four different viewpoints throughout the story was a nice touch, and it was easy to follow whose viewpoint the story was being told from because the chapter name was the name of the character whose viewpoint was being told. This story also has some romance in it, but it does not go into great detail, and is tastefully done. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Fantasy novels, or is interested in getting into the Fantasy genre.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    I enjoyed The Sorcery Code as an audiobook. With a unique take o

    I enjoyed The Sorcery Code as an audiobook.
    With a unique take on magic, clearly differentiated characters, and a plot that carefully builds to a dramatic climax, The Sorcery Code takes the listener on a fantastic journey. Several interesting metaphors for our own society are gently embedded in the storyline. Magic that works like computer code, artificial intelligence, abuse of power, and the responsibility those in power have to the common man explore questions pertinent to modern societies.
    One major theme the book explores is that “with intelligence comes benevolence”. Discussed from multiple perspectives, both intelligence and benevolence clearly don’t come for free. Intelligence is subject to the foibles of man and benevolence may not have a fairy tale ending. Both are clouded by individual experience, bias, and circumstances.
    The characters are well-rounded and three-dimensional. They all have qualities that are easy to admire, as well as fatal flaws, making it difficult to fully love the protagonists and hate the antagonists. Intricate plot twists add depth and interest to the story, leaving the reader eager to find out what happens next.
    The first in a fantasy series, I look forward to reading future books and exploring this world further.
    Emily Durante is a talented reader. She keeps an excellent pace and provides wonderful character voices. The quality of the audio recording is excellent: clear and without extraneous noises.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 Review by James (British expat) Manil

    The Sorcery Code: Volume 1
    Review by James (British expat) Manila, Philippines

    Let me just start by saying that this book is fantastic! If you like fantasy and/or science fiction novels, then you are going to love
    The Sorcery Code. In fact, the enigmatic realm of magic, intrigue and mystery will have you captivated throughout your enchanted
    journey.

    Would you listen to The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 again? Why?

    Absolutely! But I think next time I want to read the actual book for myself instead of an audio version. That doesn’t mean to say the
    audible offering wasn’t good – far from it! However, I’d much rather listen to the Sorcery Code: Volume 2 and will do so as soon as
    it’s available; that’s for sure!

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the intricate webs that were spun throughout the story and the way the main characters interacted with each other, often in
    such devious ways. The book does a particularly clever job of utilising flashbacks to create powerful imagery and enthral the reader.

    What about Emily Durante's performance did you like?

    Emily Durante has an amazingly soothing voice. This made the listening experience all the more interactive for me, as I felt like I
    was listening to the calming voice of an aunt reading me the story. Her change of voice/tone for different characters was also
    extremely apt and made the experience all the more realistic.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Even though I was emotionally-gripped throughout, I can’t say that this book made me cry. I laughed numerous times especially
    at how Blaise acts towards Gala at the start of the book, before their relationship has had time to mature.

    Any additional comments?

    I’m still trying to decide if Blaise or Barson is my favourite character. Blaise is the obvious choice and his Robin Hood-esque
    qualities make him a great character, but he is somewhat of an antihero. Barson, on the other hand is the epitome of strength
    and honour on the face of things; although not so much the latter when you delve deeper.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    "I'm Looking For Volume 2 Already" What I love bes

    "I'm Looking For Volume 2 Already"




    What I love best about The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 is the different series of events that occur throughout the book. Never once was I stuck and not knowing what was going on or just board trying to rush through the book. Then as I am listening to this audio book the picture appear in my head so clear because there was so much detail and very precise with everything that it was like watching a movie in your mind. The imagery is this book is very amazing.
    I would compare The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 to The Dream Hunter by: Sherrilyn Kenyon, because both are along the fantasy line, also they both incorporate the dream world along with their initial story line. That is there common ground. With The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 being told on dry land and The Dream Hunter told on water adds to the perspective look at everything which would be one of their many differences. I find that amazing and very appealing, being a person that looks for all the different experiences from different authors in different books. It's always better hearing more than one type of opinion and thought life about certain things especially when the author almost has the freedom of just letting it all be reviled through the story.
    Emily Durante's performance was very spectacular. She didn't have the voice that would put you to sleep from listening to it for a long period of time. She keeps you interested with her narration and all the voices that she did to make sure that you knew the differences in characters. She read at a very good pace so that your hearing kept up with your mind.
    I would listen to this book all in one sitting if I had the time to just focus on this book alone without any distractions. This book was packed with a lot of mind piquing events and thoughts that were never too much that you got board or over whelmed.
    To all true book readers and people that like to get lost in the book, this is a book that should be include in your library of books. Never a dull moment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Fast, and often furious, The Sorcery Code makes for a fine, fine

    Fast, and often furious, The Sorcery Code makes for a fine, fine book. Beginning on a sensual note( a naked woman can certainly keep you hooked for the next ten minutes!), it quickly draws the listener into realms of spells, surrealism and sorcery where each character has an agenda. Clever flashbacks flesh out the reasons, yet lets each one retain their flawed perspective, adding an essential ‘human’ touch to even the most gifted characters. There are some good laughs along the way, interspersed with moments of human emotions which tug at your heartstrings. I also enjoyed the scientific, modern touch to old-school fantasy making it less gimmicky and more relatable. And a sultry, bewitching sorceress as the arch-enemy is worth looking forward to every face-off in the narrative!! Very entertaining

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    First of all - WOW! This is an amazing story. If you are looking

    First of all - WOW! This is an amazing story.
    If you are looking for a world full of magic, mystery and epic battles (with just the right amount of romance and jealous ex-lovers mixed in), you NEED to listen to The Sorcery Code.

    The fantasy world that has been created here is amazingly complete. The story follows the beautiful and mysterious Gala, who is simply trying to understand her sudden consciousness, and the world she finds herself in. Along with her brilliant creator Blaise, with a dark past of his own, and some old friends, they find themselves being thrown into an incredible journey, being tailed by those who see Gala's incredible powers as a threat instead of a gift...

    From the telling of the overthrow of the old ruling class right down to the basics of sorcery code, I felt like I was a true observer into a living, breathing world, experiencing everything right along next to Gala - exploring a new and exciting land for the first time!

    Also - Life Captures, I so want to try one!

    Emily Durante as the narrator had me hanging onto every word! I love the way that she jumps into each character, giving each one a unique voice. I was especially impressed with her ability to switch between each different personality flawlessly from moment to moment, really bringing the words to life. Emily had me feeling every emotion that the characters did!

    Overall, very impressed!
    I can't wait to find out what Gala and Blaise will accomplish together in their upcoming adventures!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    There was a lot of things that I loved about the book. The very

    There was a lot of things that I loved about the book. The very first scene in the book where they introduced Blaze and Gala was absolutely mesmerizing. If I closed my eyes it felt like I was there with them and everything was happening right in front of me. The battle scene was also another one of my favorites.
    I have always been a huge Harry Potter fan and I pretty much grew up with it. When I think about magic I always automatically think about Harry Potter. Now that I have read/listened to this book I have also become a "The Sorcery Code" fan.
    I was pretty much in awe the entire time. The amount of detail that was put into the story was just amazing.
    Everyone should read this book. It is one of those books that has the potential to become the next big thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

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    Captured my attention from first page and did not let go. Great

    Captured my attention from first page and did not let go. Great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Yes and no

    Writing ability by the author? Very good. Creativity? Not so much.
    I couldnt find fault with the written words. It was the ideas that I had a problem with. The development of Gala after she arrived in the physical world was way too quick. I get that it couldnt be drawn out too long or the book would drag. Plus some things the reader just accepts as artistic licensing. And on one hand she requires to be informed by Blaise about things, but Blaise didnt seem to be talkng to a brand new entity. Heck, it was such advanced talk that I had to read slowly to comprehend and Im smart! Lol
    But perhaps the best example and worse part as well was the 0 - 60 mph sexual attraction towards and from Gala. Really? She was just created!? I doubt he or she would have randy thoughts so quickly! Again, if allowed to develope somewhat of course it could make sense, but not in the first 20 minutes of interaction!
    I offer this advice not to be critical but to really be helpful. The writer has the ability but there are some things in story telling that just cant be ignored without a proper basis.

    Dale M. Baranoski

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    The Sorcery Code is a fantastic audiobook! Dima Zales ¿ with hel

    The Sorcery Code is a fantastic audiobook! Dima Zales – with help from the wonderful narration by Emily Durante – paints a compelling world full of intrigue, seduction, and action. There were many good, well-rounded characters throughout the book, and I greatly enjoyed that few of the characters can be pegged as good or evil. Everyone has their own agenda, and they'll go to any lengths to fulfil their goal. It's well worth a read if you're a fan of great fantasy stories, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequels.

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    My favorite part of the story was when Gala restored the girl se

    My favorite part of the story was when Gala restored the girl severed hand and heeled the towns peoples hearing. Emily Durante's performance was awesome. She changed voices to match each character perfectly.I would listen to this story in one sitting.

    I would recommend this audiobook to my friends because it is exciting and dramatic. My favorite characters are Gala and Blaise. I like Gala because she is really innocent. She isn't human but she seems to be following her heart. I like Blaise because he feels that everyone should have the same rights. I loved that the book was set in mid evil times. I have always enjoyed reading about magical books.  I can't wait to read the next audiobook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book which captures the imagin

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book which captures the imagination of the reader throughout. The
    book follows the perspectives of four different characters (being as Blaise, Gala, Augusta and
    Barson) which make the audience understand the importance of the relationships between the
    characters. The imagery and description in this book is amazing. This is more predominant
    during the start of the novel when Blaise first creates Gala. Before listening to this book I wasn't a
    huge fan of fantasy novels however after listening to the book, I will definitely consider reading more
    in the future. Although the novel doesn't end on a cliff hanger, it certainly makes you want to read the
    next volume in the series. 

    The narrator (Emily Durante) really grabs the reader's attention and personally made the novel a lot
    more interesting and enjoyable. She has a very soft voice and makes it clear when a different
    character is speaking by using clear intonation. 

    Overall, if you are looking for an enjoyable book which will entertain you for hours, then The Sorcery
    Code is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    This is a story about love, magic, politics, and class. The stor

    This is a story about love, magic, politics, and class. The story begins with an unusual event which sees the main character dealing with unexpected emotions and consequences. 
    The story moves at a comfortable and easy pace through past loves, civil unrest, magical hierarchies and a new understanding of magic as the world knows it. he characters are great, engaging and well developed.
    The authors have set a great scene in which the story occurs and there are many moments of tenderness, action and of course magic.
    The audio book version is an easy listen and the narrator does a great job of bringing the characters to life with they way she uses her voice. A great fantasy book with a clean, elegant
    storyline and fantastic characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    This interesting take on the world of magic separates itself fro

    This interesting take on the world of magic separates itself from typical fantasy novels today. Though slightly difficult to understand at first, the author’s world of sorcery reflects and explores values of fear, knowledge and trust through a brand new perspective, through Gala’s innocent eyes. The unusual perspective is refreshing, and the secretive interaction of characters makes this an even more addictive novel. All in all, The Sorcery Code is an engaging read that manages weave aspects of magic and fantasy in an old-age society into the familiar themes of love and betrayal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest re

    I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This is really a 2.5/5.

    There is a stark divide between the magic-users and the non-magic users, and the side of magic is clearly where everyone wants to be. The sorcerers are the top of the pack, and Blaise--a highly skilled sorcerer of the council--sacrifices his spot among his people in order to bring magic equality to everyone by creating an item used by non-sorcerers. In this quest he accidentally makes Gala, a being from the magical world, but in the form of a beautiful woman. While Gala's creation is in itself a wonder to behold, Blaise's ex-lover, Augusta, has the opposite view in mind; Gala is a danger to the known world, and keeping her alive would bring a calamity to balance as Augusta knows it.

    Unfortunately, I was not at all endeared by any of the POV characters in the story--save Augusta, who had more than one side to her character. Barsun struck me as one-dimensional and single-minded, Gala can be categorized as a bonafide Mary Sue (absolutely perfect in every way), and Blaise, while brilliant and usually logical, has a full-blown Pygmalion complex (I mean, come on, the guy practically gets obsessive over and infatuated with something he CREATES--because clearly no human in existence can turn him on anymore, not after Augusta). It did not help that the first 10 or so chapters were delivered like a history lesson, and this went throughout a good portion of the narration for the characters.

    However, when the action gets going, it really does, and that is The Sorcery Code's saving grace. Had the story been of Blaise's brother, of his struggles to bring sorcery to the common people, of the development of the magical items that were so lovingly mentioned and portrayed in the books, it would have been more interesting. Instead, there seemed to be a fight between the romance and the political conflict (of the peasants versus the sorcerers), and while romance is welcome within any story, I felt it didn't add much to the importance of the plot (other than give Gala a humanizing trait, though admittedly, she could have easily gained this in her compassion to the people she'd seen in the village, and not through her lovelust towards her creator).

    Overall, though, I liked the worldbuilding, and I liked that magic has been set up as some sort of science. There is a means to its end, and there is a vast--and often violent--history in its course. So kudos to that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    I haven¿t listened to an audiobook in quite some time, and had f

    I haven’t listened to an audiobook in quite some time, and had forgotten how pleasant being read to is!

    I have always liked the fantasy genre, but, again, it had been some time since I had read much besides non-fiction (I edit academic and business writing, mostly, for a living) or a script (I direct theater).

    Anyway, The Sorcery Code was a fun introduction back into both things. I thought the narration was fine, though wasn’t crazy about the narrator’s voicing of Blaise, but it grew on me as I got caught up the story. The book is paced very well and there’s plenty of action and some surprising plot twists. I really liked the conceit of Blaise as a sort of socialist scientist/sorcerer! And I got very caught up in machinations of all of the characters. They were fleshed out quite well and seemed complex and three-dimensional.

    I would recommend this book for fantasy fans, for sure, though I offered to loan it to a friend who loves the genre, and she said she HATES audiobooks. I didn’t ask why. She also hates soup. Apparently she’s just weird!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. It is like a breath of fresh air aft

    I really enjoyed this book. It is like a breath of fresh air after so many other fantasy novels that I have read. The storyline is easy to follow and the fantasy world is well developed.
    I liked the fact that the story is told through the eyes of four different characters with different views about life. I enjoyed the lack of judgment and the fairness of choice that Zales gives his "heroes".
    Last, but not least - I loved the idea of magic as a science !!! This makes me want to write a code for a spell :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    The Sorcery Code is the first book by Dima Zales that I have rea

    The Sorcery Code is the first book by Dima Zales that I have read, and I have to say that I found it the be a surprising treat!
    The world that you are brought into is different from any other I have encountered, which made it that much more enjoyable. The author exposes you to the politics and the people in a clear way, without being mired down in unnecessary details. Sorcery is scientific and specific, with spells needing to be created ahead of time and a sorcerer needing to know what s/he has available for a given situation.
    The story moves along at a good pace; fast enough to keep things interesting, without allowing the plot or character development to suffer. The characters are an interesting cast, with my current favorite being Gala. Watching her grow as she discovers what and who she is, seeing how her sorcery erupts unbidden in the most interesting ways, and just her sheer innocence is a delight.
    The story and characters not only draw you in, but leave you wanting more. This is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy saga. I can't wait for the follow-up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    It captures your attention and whisks you away... This book was

    It captures your attention and whisks you away... This book was a surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect as this genre that combines elements of both Fantasy and Romance was new ground for me. I'm delighted to report that I wasn't let down and instead was whisked away on a chaise of adventure! (You'll get the reference once you read/listen to this intriguing tale.) With strong characters and a well described fantasy realm that provides plenty of history both of the land and character-specific events, I was swept along for the ride, eager to discover more about the characters and always wanting to see what would happen next. If you're a fan of this genre or even think you might like it, I would highly recommend giving this book a try.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    The Sorcery Code enchanted my completely, right from the first c

    The Sorcery Code enchanted my completely, right from the first chapter! I will try to briefly summarize why I believe I thoroughly enjoyed this book, without giving too many spoilers, but to understand it, you must read it. 




    The story starts in media res, that is in the middle of happenings, as Blaise tries to conjure a magical artifact which. Straight away, we are drawn into the action, and we share his surprise when instead of an inanimate object he finds a beautiful naked girl. Now, Blaise’s intentions are gradually revealed, and I just loved the realistic representation of the caste system in which there is no chance of switching between the classes – if you are born without magical powers, you are doomed to poverty. Blaise’s intentions are such that he wants to eradicate this barrier between the classes, bringing equality to all people. However, even such a skilled sorcerer as Blaise is confused with the appearance of Gala. I don’t want to spoil your reading, or listening experience, so I won’t reveal anything else about the plot itself, but I will try to focus on other things.




    The characters are built amazingly, and through shifting points of view, we come to know Blaise, Gala, Augusta and Barson, in all their richness. I enjoyed even more as I could employ my imagination to the highest level by listening to the smooth voice of Emily Durante – and I am very pleased to say that her interpretation made the characters all the more lively and vivid, beautifully expressing both their good and bad sides, their vices and virtues. World was also built carefully and complexly, and I appreciated how almost no detail was considered unimportant, from the social organization to the relationships between individuals. If there was an audiobook which made me feel I am a part of an imaginary world, this is the one. 




    I am certainly going to recommend this audiobook and the novel to all my friends who are into fantasy adventures, but I will also recommend it to all the people who also like a fantasy book with a certain depth to it, which can be interpreted and analyzed in different ways and on many levels, as The Sorcery Code isn’t just a superficial supernatural novel. 




    It is really hard to find a similar work of fiction to compare it to, but The Sorcery Code reminds me of a subtle mash-up of a dystopian setting (choose your favorite, all with caste system apply, like Brave New World) and that rejuvenating possibility of magic powers and heroes, found only in the best epic fantasy books, such as Wheel of Time etc. Yet the balance between the two is such that it isn’t possible to make a clear comparison, and this originality is another quality which made me listen to this audiobook taking only one snack break. As a matter of fact, as soon as I finished reading it, I searched the Internet for information about the sequel. Yes, it is that good. 




    Finally, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars, leaving some room for improvement in the SEQUEL I am anxiously expecting!  

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