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The Sorcery Code: Volume 1: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue | [Dima Zales, Anna Zaires]

The Sorcery Code: Volume 1: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue

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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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 fiance, 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...

©2013 Dima Zales (P)2013 Dima Zales

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    Ira Plainfield, New Jersey, United States 01-24-14
    Ira Plainfield, New Jersey, United States 01-24-14
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    What did you love best about The Sorcery Code: Volume 1?

    What I love best about The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 is the different series of events that occur through out 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.


    What other book might you compare The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 to and why?

    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.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    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 keep you interested with her narration and all the voices that she did to make sure that you new the differences in characters. She read at a very good pace so that your hearing kept up with your mind.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would listen to this book all in one sitting if I had the time to just focus on this book alone with out any distractions. This book was packed with a lot of mind piquing events and thoughts that were never to much that you got board or over whelmed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Munteanu Bacau, Romania 01-22-14
    Munteanu Bacau, Romania 01-22-14
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    "A couple of words"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Honestly, I would. It is a very good fantasy story that easily captures your attention, it uses an easygoing language (I am from Romania and I had no effort whatsoever understanding the books' lines) and the story evolved step by step, slowly being more and more immersive untill the moment that you are just sucked in. Can't wait for volume 2!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sorcery Code: Volume 1?

    Trying to avoid to make too much of a spoiler, I will refer to the starting part of the book. I am still surprised about the way Gala appeared in the story, and the way she absorbed every bit of information around her.


    What does Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She uses a tender voice that gives you the comfort to calmly enjoy this audiobook, but not in a boring way so you would fall asleep after a while. She knows how to maintain the ballance and she slightly changes her voice tone enough so you can easily find out when a different character is speaking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Magic isn't something to fiddle with.


    Any additional comments?

    Just waiting too see how the second volume will be!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    RD United States 01-22-14
    RD United States 01-22-14
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    "Enthralling Read"

    The book, The Sorcery Code, is a very intriguing and enthralling story. One of the best parts of the book is the beginning/introduction since that sets the pace and sequence of events that the entire story follows throughout. The narrator, Emily Durante, did a great job reading. She has a natural ability of keeping the listeners captivated and anticipating the next scene. Listening to this masterpiece, I was in awe sheer as it had so many compelling scenes as well as the clear attention to detail of each scene that was evident in the narration of the story. This is one audiobook worth listening to – whether you listen to it in one reading or in sessions, you are still able to capture the essence of the characters and their world. I would most certainly listen to the book once more, perhaps in sessions this time, and will certainly read and listen to the next volume.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Angela United States 04-20-15
    Angela United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2014

    "There's no limit to the amount of good you can do as long as you don't care who gets the credit"~Dad

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    "I wanted to like it..."

    I really wanted toylike this book but I did not. I stuck with it hoping it was just a slow start but I never cared about these characters or what happened to them. The narration was stoic and hard to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TMeskell ALPHARETTA, GA, United States 08-09-14
    TMeskell ALPHARETTA, GA, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Love the book, dislike the Narrator"

    I read this book when it was first released. The audio book was awarded to me in one of the author's giveaways. I was thrilled to be getting a new audio book as I love to listen AFTER I have read the book. I love the book. Dima Zales has done an awesome job creating a new way to work magic, and a new world. He has developed some lovely characters. That being said, this narrator almost ruins it. Her inflection is not natural, and I had to rewind multiple times because I got caught up trying to figure out what would make this woman sound more natural. At times, she reminded me of the automated voice from the phone company.
    Fortunately, I knew I liked the book and really wanted to hear it, and so was finally able to overcome the narrator's intonation. I would suggest that they find a new narrator for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 07-03-14
    Troy 07-03-14

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "Good Concept, But Too Simple"

    Since reading this one, I've been trying to figure out exactly what it was about this book that should have worked but didn't. I've come the conclusion that it's not any one thing in particular. The story is a simple and effective one, but I somehow I get the feeling it should go through more development. The concept is pretty straightforward, the accidental creation of a woman from pure magic. I almost hate drawing the comparison, but it's sort of the anti-Anakin Skywalker, created from the Force. And yet, I think this is where the trouble lies, not with the comparison, but with this book's overall story arc. Things seem far too easy for Gala, and I suppose they would as those in the world are completely unprepared to deal with someone of her magnitude. She almost seems like the perfect woman, with the exception of that extreme attitude switch when she doesn't get her way or feels challenged. And that's where the comparison to Anakin Skywalker comes in. It's not just the origin, it's the belief in his power. Remember, Skywalker started as a good kid too, and look how that turned out. The reason I draw this comparison is because when it comes to genre stories, many of them follow this kind of hero's journey or hero's fall and/or redemption. Gala has the potential to be sorcery's answer to Wonder Woman (who was also created by magic) or to be scary beyond all comprehension in a way Vader would envy. Both paths, or even something in between, offer a multitude of challenges in this world that we've not seen yet. Right now I don't have a bearing on where her trajectory is headed. I know where she'd like to go, but that's not really the same thing.

    On the whole, I didn't hate the story, but it didn't grab me either. It's like cooking - you start out with the idea of a quiche and end up making scrambled eggs because you're hungry now. The execution isn't nearly as big as the concept, and that may be because it suffered from being more of a romance novel and less of a fantasy novel with elements of romance in it, or it may be because of what I've already mentioned above. The other characters in the story... their backstories are more or less in place, but I'm not drawn to any of them yet. This is where I think further development would have helped. But having said that, I don't feel like I can give up on this one either. There's some untapped potential that could be harnessed, turning this series into something special. It'll take some work, but I don't think it's beyond grasp. Curiosity for Gala's future will bring me back someday.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Sausalito, CA, United States 01-27-14
    David Sausalito, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "This Book Sucked Me In!"

    I'm a little shocked by how good this story is. Yes, I do listen to novels in the fantasy genre but I usually swing towards dark, gritty, violent, urban fantasy not the mellow kind of fantasy and definitely nothing with romance but this story was so well written, so engrossing, I didn't care about a little romance. And to all you people out there that don't like romance novels(like myself) let me make something clear, this is NOT a romance novel, this is a story about sorcerers and magic with a little romance tossed in for color so don't worry. At no time while listening to this story did I get that disgusting "sqooshy" feeling. This is one of those stories that once you start listening it's very hard to stop! The narrator(Emily Durante) did a great job throughout the book.

    Thanks to all your reviews(and the reviews of Goodreads and Amazon) I rarely purchase a bad audiobook which is the reason I give a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. My point is I believe my rating for this book(as well as my others) is definitely justified! I'll be waitin' for book 2.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Grainger Mauston, WI, USA 01-22-14
    Catherine Grainger Mauston, WI, USA 01-22-14
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    "Loved this story!"

    The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires
    This book was very enjoyable from the opening line until the last sentence, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. The world that these authors have created is very elaborate, and they have done an excellent job of inviting their listeners in, and making us feel at home. The writing is descriptive and natural, and it is very easy to relate to the characters. The story offers much to its listeners, laughter, sexual tension, drama, and hope. The hope is the best part I think, you just want everything to work out for everyone, just like in our own real lives. Another thing that makes this book worth listening to again, other than just the story – is the narrator, she does such an incredible job bringing this world and these people to life. If you are looking for a terrific story to fill some time in your day, you should definitely spend that time with The Sorcery Code.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    kamal Festus, MO, United States 01-18-14
    kamal Festus, MO, United States 01-18-14
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    "Its Magic.."
    What did you love best about The Sorcery Code: Volume 1?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 to and why?

    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.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    Emily Durante was truly wonderful. I don't know if it was her voice or the way she read it but listening to the narration made me feel as if i was living the life of one of the characters in the book.


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

    I was pretty much in awe the entire time. The amount of detail that was put into the story was just amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book. It is one of those books that has the potential to become the next big thing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Edison, NJ, United States 01-17-14
    Jason Edison, NJ, United States 01-17-14
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    "A must read for fantasy lovers ....."
    Would you listen to The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 again? Why?

    I would listen to The Sorcery Code again for sure because of the way it is narrated by Emily Durante. The narration pulled me into the story and apart from narration the character of Blaise is just very unique.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing I like about this story is how Blaise wants to make magic more available for the common people and break the barrier between common people and sorcerers. Also the flow of story pulls you in and keeps you interested.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really like how the story starts with Blaise and his creation Gala and then more characters Augusta (Blaise’s ex-fiancé) and Barson (Augusta’s lover) come into the story and provide a punch. The character of Augusta and Barson is very strong and noteworthy. Other important aspect of this book was how the story switches between all these characters and how all of them grow out.


    Any additional comments?

    I really want to see more of Augusta as she is my favorite character in the book and I just cannot have enough of her. I think this is a wonderful start to a series with beautiful and powerful characters and interesting story line I am just waiting for the next part to come out and see how the characters and story shapes. If you are looking forward to have a good book go for this you won’t regret it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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