A while ago, I reviewed the e-book Oasis, The Last Humans Book 1 by Dima Zales. I was asked a few weeks ago to review another book by Dima Zales: The Sorcery Code (Vol 1). With school and everything else, I put in what I hoped would be enough time to review it, about a month. After I accepted the promotion, I went to download it and it turns out I already had, back on Christmas of 2014, and received it as a free download back then, as well. So technically, I got it free without being asked to review it, but since I had already accepted the promotion, it was only right that I went forward with it.
The cover that I have on my download is different from the one that they have on Amazon now. They may have also done some editing since I downloaded it. I thought my downloaded books get updated automatically, but I guess since the cover change didn’t cross over, it didn’t? Not too sure.
In any case, the cover that came with my download is the blue one with the girl and swords, which was fitting for the story, but the new cover works just as well.
I don’t like giving away too many details of the actual story in my review, as I think it spoils it for potential readers. But I’ll do my best to relay what the book entails in a roundabout way.
The story (fantasy-esque) is set in a world that is basically broken up into different castes – Sorcerers, and non-sorcerers (the commoners, though there is also the sorcerers’ guard). The Sorcerers are sort of like the nobility, high and mighty, wielding their power around for their own sole benefits while their people suffer and aren’t allowed to practice magic or be benefited in anyway by magic. The Sorcerers draw their magic from what they call the Spell Realm – I was wondering why they wouldn’t call it the “Magic Realm” instead, but came to realized they called it that because they relied upon spells to draw forth the magic. The Spell Realm is one of those intangible dimensions that humans cannot physically, as of yet, enter into. The Physical Realm is where humans reside.
The story starts off with an entity, a consciousness that has just been manifested into existence in the Spell Realm. It sounded vaguely similar to something I’ve already read before, but couldn’t put my finger on it. She is then born into the Physical Realm in a physical form. Her creator is a Sorcerer who has, due to certain circumstances, alienated himself from the Council (made up of other powerful sorcerers).
The storyline is in third person, but each chapter is in the point of view of either Blaise (the entity’s creator), or Gala (the now human-like manifestation), and Augusta (a Sorcerer on the Council, also Blaise’s ex-fiance) or Barson (Augusta’s current lover, Leader of the Sorcerers’ Guard), and also a little bit of Ganir (the Council’s Leader). Blaise – Gala; and Augusta – Barson – Ganir are pretty much separate parts (though they share a history) that don’t really intertwine/interact within one-another within the actual story until about a third of the way in.
In reading this book, the storyline seemed like a good one, but it turned out to be a bit of a rollercoaster in trying to keep my attention trained on it. There were some highs that kept me engaged and some lows that made me bored and had me checking the percentage of the book that was left quite often. It took me longer to read this book than some others. Overall, it really wasn’t one of those page-turners, can’t put down, must finish within a few hours kind of books. BUT it did start to pick up and get interesting toward the last 20-25% or so of the book, to where I wanted and was eager to read more. When I got to the end, I thought it ended a little prematurely. It did have a preview of the next book/volume in this series and it didn’t leave off where it ended, but I think it made me feel a little confused. Is that enough for me to read the rest of the series?… I’m still debating.
*Disclaimer: I was asked to review this book with a complimentary e-copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinions; however, I didn’t realize at the time that I had already downloaded the book for free a couple of years back, but still hadn’t read it. I’m including this disclaimer anyway. That said, as always, this evaluation and review is an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
This book is available via Amazon for FREE in e-book/Kindle/Kindle App format.
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