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

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

by Dima Zales, Anna Zaires

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From the authors who brought you the Krinar Chronicles...

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.

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BN ID: 2940045498227
Publisher: Dima Zales
Publication date: 12/16/2013
Series: Sorcery Code , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 322,854
File size: 468 KB

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. 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

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The Sorcery Code: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ESMoeller More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captured my attention from first page and did not let go. Great book.
johanS More than 1 year ago
I really liked this fantasy story about the couple Blaise and Gala and the other two main characters Augusta and Barson in this tale of magic, danger and intrigue. The way the magic is made to work in this world is very much making me think of the sorcerers as programmers manipulating matter instead of software, and this to me is a very fresh and new way of depicting magic in novels and gives the authors lots of ways to make the story full of both obstacles and advantages for the characters. For a big part of the story I couldn’t figure out what would happen next as there was so many possible ways that the characters could act and still feel real and true to their personal agendas. The captivating work of the narrator (Emily Duranté) enhances the feeling that you are in the story with them and her way of changing tone in conversations to indicate the different characters talking is working really well. After going through this book as close to in one continuing session as possible. I only hope I can get my hands on the sequel sooner rather than later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
iraqweaver More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read The Sorcery Code as a Nook book, and found myself slogging through it out of stubbornness despite wishing it was over already. The thing that most turned me off was how the reader is repeatedly reminded how the main character (unlike other sorcerers) treats the poor/non-sorcerers in a humane manner and advocates equality and pretty much everyone loves him. The reader is also repeatedly reminded how the gorgeous female lead wants him but he's too noble but she's really beautiful and still wants him, and how his ex is also very pretty and talented and still wants him. Another thing that made me dislike the book is the magic system, which struck me as the author doing a find-replace on class notes for CS with no concern for whether the resulting details made for a good story. Sorcerers are described as writing "code" using "algorithms", "logic", and "mathematics". Spells are invoked by filling in a few "variables" onto prewritten cards (i.e. function calls) and feeding them to an "interpreter". A good example of all this is a passage where Gala encounters music for the first time. Who wrote the music the village is dancing to? Blaise, of course, who is a very prolific composer. This realization makes her fall in love with him more, and it's obvious to her from listening that the composer "likely required the same mathematically inclined mind that would be good at sorcery". And both she and the music are beautiful, but that's not surprising because Blaise made them both. In the book's favor, there are the brewings of an interesting conflict between one of the characters (Barson) and the ruling class, and what really happened when Blaise was cast out of the Council, but those points are left unfinished. I also appreciate that I got the book for free during a sale, but feel that even free was too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read about a book a day and this one I wanted to last for months! Please DIMA write a third!!!
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TheSaintly More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy this at all. At times wondered about the whole plot. Will not reading anything else by this author. Cannot recommend this book at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about the concept, characters, and story. I found all the different perspectives interesting and liked how they transitioned into each other so easily. However, I did think Blaise has a lot of work to do before I will like him as much as the other characters. It's weird that he immediately fell for his own creation (though he at least realizes this is very inappropriate).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this audio book very interesting. I had not read or listened to any fantasy magic type books before. This peaked my interest and I think I will be reading more from this author. The story was really intriguing and it kept my attention through out the whole thing. I found the characters Blaise and Gala very likeable and Augusta kind of mean and revengeful. I wanted to know what happens next to Blaise and Gala. When I first started to listen I thought oh wow 7 hrs to listen to it, but then when it was over I said “Already Done?” I wanted it to continue. I really wanted to learn more about the magic and the spells.   I  took away the message from it that you should not judge before you know who or what a person or being is. I thought the narrator was very good, she keep the pace of the book even.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read a good bit of fantasy genre so rated this one but two stars. Author had good ideas but def needed to expound or elaborate more on these ideas while writing. Felt this was very light weight story the way it was written...could def have been better
Casperette More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy a good fantasy style of read and The Sorcery Code was a nice take on fantasy with a new twist. I like a story line that moves along without too much foretelling that leaves me feeling the book is bogged down with TMI. Thankfully, this one moves quickly into the action and I enjoyed the ride. I enjoyed the strong characters and found them engaging and well flushed out. The story brings with it a lot of action and as the book closes there is still a lot going on. I look forward to the next book in this series. I listened to this on audio and narrator Emily Durante brought an excellent voice to this listen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in world divided between the sorcerers and commoners, it is the story of a kind hearted and intelligent sorcerer Blaise who wants to help the people of his realm. In his pursuit he creates Gala, a beautiful and enigmatic being, who may look human but has the, yet unexplored, ability to tap into the magical realm better than any sorcerer or sorceress of the day. She is the key to the salvation of countless people, if only she could comprehend the full extent of her powers. As a reader/listener I really enjoyed experiencing the world through Gala’s eyes, for whom every moment is a fresh opportunity to learn something new and enjoy the beauty of the physical realm. Gala is an amazing character who can empathize with both people and animals. . All Set in world divided between the sorcerers and commoners, it is the story of a kind hearted and intelligent sorcerer Blaise who  characters are well thought of and all have their own motives, fears and aspirations that drive their actions. With every page that I read, the story became more and more complex until I was left glued to my seat with a barely controlled curiosity to know what happened next. I like the fact that the story does not rely too much on the romance between Blaise and Gala to keep the readers engaged. The chapters told from the point of view of Augusta and Barson are a fresh change. I do feel that the author could have made the fantasy aspect of the story more interesting and more vivid.
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Bryce_Rayde More than 1 year ago
I would absolutely listen to this again.  First the audio version of the book is a must. Emily Durante does a captivating job with each role.  She puts a lot of effort into creating a unique and different characters to help them come to life. Whether boy or girl, there seems to be almost no voice she can't do a decent job at!  What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sorcery Code: Volume 1? It would have to be the blooming birth and growing knowledge of Gala. (some spoilers) She starts off in such an entertainingly innocent birth, that being a completely bare naked woman doesn't cause her the slightest discomfort. Gala grows to find purpose, kindness, and justice. Her quick learning abilities (and something else )after single events makes it enjoyable and well paced. Her interaction with Blaze, especially  when he thinks in a way he calls primitively, is also interesting and not cookie cutter.  The book doesn't hold back when it comes to difficult or adult topics, but takes you deeper into an intriguing story. The characters are well written and the use of magic is very realistic to what it should be.  The life, death scenes, and emotions will make you feel for the characters.  The origin of sorceress was intriguing. The most notable of this is the unique magical creation of Life Captures. Life Captures made the story mysterious and gave   dream like state to it. But it becomes all too real with addictions and the power that is has.  This book has action, deception, drama, politics and more. he action is highly detailed yet exciting and keeps you wondering what will happen.  Especially near the end with Barson which won't disappoint. The drama between the characters is interesting and realistic.  People are not one dimensional but unique and evolving.  The sci-fi like growth of the magical world makes it different and well thought out. The politics of the counsel and drama that goes in around this group keeps you wondering who to trust and what really is going on.   Can't wait for a sequel  I need more of Blaze and Gala in my life and to read more by Dima Zal
Ashley-Kraemer More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. I was hooked from the beginning, and the first night I started to read it, I read for 4 hours! It is unlike most fantasy books I have read and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I will also be reading the other series. I recommend this book highly.
kegpiece More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of a world in which sorcerers act as the ruling class over the peasantry- which is something Blaise, master sorcerer and former prominent member of the Sorcerers’ council, strives to change. To make magic more accessible to one and all, Blaise immerses himself into finding a way of bringing magic to the people- only it doesn’t exactly take the form he expects- the result? The beautiful and perfectly formed Gala- an inquisitive and intelligent woman that becomes subject to Blaise’s infatuation from their very first dramatic and revealing meeting. It soon becomes very apparent that Blaise’s creation is capable of far more than he could ever have imagined. Blaise is instantly bewitched by his creation and seeks to find out the level of her magical abilities, however releases her into the world under the watchful care of trusted friends Esther and Maya in order to prevent the powerful and inexperienced Gala from drawing too much attention to herself and wreaking havoc. However is Gala ready for the world? And is the world ready for Gala? Obviously not, for as soon as Augusta (Blaise’s ex fiancée) gathers info on Gala’s existence she seeks to eliminate the ‘creature’ with the help of Barson (her lover) and the Sorcerers’ Council. However a web of deceit and manipulation begins to form as everyone ruthlessly seeks their own ambitions and intentions whilst trying to capture the “creature”. Will Augusta succeed in getting rid of Gala and all of her mysterious charm and increasing power and influence? You have to read and find out. From beginning to end this book is extremely intriguing and captivating. Gala’s character is mysterious and seductive, the combination of innocence and incredible power makes for a very interesting read. The interaction between the characters’ story lines are also very interesting and is written in a excellent way that conveys all the tensions and emotions between them. A very cleverly written book!