Feb 22, 2016

The Sorcery Code Review

As an avid fantasy reader I've really enjoyed the works of Brent Weeks, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, and Steven Erickson. When it came up as an option on Tomoson, I jumped on the chance to receive this ebook in exchange for my honest review!

I found The Sorcery Code to be disappointing.

It begins with a lot of potential to create a really unique numerical magic system (not unlike Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist). Unfortunately, this potential remains unfulfilled. The effects generated by magic are uninteresting, and the explanation of the the underlying magic is equally boring if present at all.

The characters also have potential as it's clear there is an intertwined backstory and the themes in the book have social and political significance. However, the actual plot lacks the depth necessary to realize this and the characters come off as very one dimensional and easy to predict.

The writing is simple and straight forward- often too much so. Motives are plain, descriptions are direct, and opportunities to really create a detailed/interesting picture of what this world is like are consistently ignored by the author.