“Tell me who you ride beside, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
- Falconsrealm proverb
Jarrod Torrealday is Lord Protector of Falconsrealm and a knight in the secretive Order of the Stallion, “the king’s eyes and ears.” He awakens one glorious fall morning to discover his castle under siege and his alliances shattered as a new threat rises in the west: a revolution driven by a sorceress trained to kill and led by an unstoppable swordsman from the world he left behind. Worse yet, the weapons Jarrod brought with him from Earth are rocking the country on its heels and threatening everything he came to save.
At a candlelit crossroads of dark sorcery and espionage, Jarrod must choose between embracing profane wizardry for the good of the realm . . . or gambling the future of the kingdom in a showdown between ancient magic and modern steel.
Vivid swordplay meets intrigue and espionage in the adrenaline-fueled sequel to Joseph Malik’s critically acclaimed fantasy bestseller DRAGON’S TRAIL. Historical accuracy, magical realism, and irreverent humor create a world so immersive and authentic that it has left readers asking how to get there.
The New Magic is the second installment in the Outworlders series, but can be read as a stand-alone with Book I, Dragon’s Trail, serving as the origin story of Jarrod Torrealday.
Praise for The Outworlders, Book I - Dragon’s Trail:
“James Bond in tarnished armor . . . (A) highly enjoyable story for fans of self-aware epic fantasy.”
-- Publishers Weekly
Good follow up to the first book. The adventure continues with Malik’s creative insertion of modern steel into an ancient world.
Might’ve been great with better writing
Joseph Malik writes mature fantasy, which is right up my alley. Unfortuantely his books are marred by poor writing.
The first book was fun, and the premise and story overcame the writing issues. This book however isn’t nearly as fun, kinda has that sequel let down feeling becuase the initial hook of the book was exhausted in the first novel, and if anything has even more problematic writing.
I’ll also note that the cracks in his premise really become evident in the secon book. These books are about modern weaponry in a medieval world, and the power imbalances that result. Problem is the fantasy world also has powerful magic, and it’s really weird then that steel and armor is what gives the heroes the advantages they have.
Also, be wary that the way Malik is promoting the book is… not quite accurate. I saw him marketing the book as some mashup of Deadpool with Game of Thrones. That’s absolutely not what these books are. No where close, though it does sound awesome so I get why’s he marketing it that way.