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The New Magic

(The Outworlders #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  26 reviews

"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 find his castle under siege and his alliances shattered as a new threat rises in the west: a
Paperback, 377 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Oxblood Books
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Fantasy Book Reviews | By Ambrose Crotts
Warning: This book contains violence, gore, and consensual sexual content. This is the second book in The Outworlders series; the review is plot-spoiler free, beyond anything you can read in the blurb, but even that may inadvertently spoil things for the first book.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of The New Magic from Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to review on Goodreads and my blog. I was in no way paid or incentivized to leave any kind of favorable review and only I edited
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A grimdark “guy fantasy” minus the misogyny.

The New Magic is a gritty fantasy about a modern man thrust into a Game of Thrones-type world, only told with a contemporary voice employing evocative wordplay and flashes of narrative brilliance. The result is a “guy’s book” that nearly fetishizes swords and war while reading like highly-polished literary fiction. Hilarious in some places, terrifying in others, there's a death scene that tore my heart out and a sex scene so hot it left me needing my i
Lisa Lenox
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like Dragon's Trail before it, New Magic takes a serious look at swordplay. And swords. It really makes me want to learn to fence, at the very least. Unfortunately, the only fencing lessons available locally are for children, and I don't want to haul my overweight ass into a fencing class filled with youngun's ready to kick my ass. So I guess I'll appreciate from afar.

New Magic continues the story of Jarrod the Merciful in the alternate world of Falconsrealm, and his battle to keep everyone safe
Jacob Rundle
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I give this novel 4.8/5.0. This novel continues after The Dragon's Trail with Jarrod in Falconsrealm. A new character shows up, Renaldo, and he doesn't like to follow the rules. The character development is amazing, and his world-building is impressive. Joseph's descriptions on weaponry and battles are amazing. This is a must-read. ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broken and Brilliant

I loved Dragon’s Trail. Full disclosure. I'm a fan.

TLDR: The New Magic will disappoint many of those looking for another LitRPG-type easy read like Dragon's Trail. This is not a bad thing.

There's a lot to unpack, here.

The New Magic feels disjointed from its predecessor. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that it feels this way because the writing has matured, and strikingly.

It’s hard to believe it’s been two years between books, but it’s harder to believe that anyone can
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book we’ve been waiting for.

I received an uncorrected galley of The New Magic with no commitment to review. However, there’s no way I couldn’t review it after reading it, which I did in one sitting.

The New Magic blows its predecessor away with a genre shift into sprawling epic fantasy, which Malik delivers with both fists. Wizards, gryphons, huge battles, duels to the death, kingdoms at stake. Most surprisingly, there’s an intense and slightly kinky love story showing remarkable emotional g
Assaph Mehr
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The New Magic is a direct continuation of Dragon's Trail. Considering how much I liked Malik's first novel, I was looking forward to this one!

What to Expect

An epic fantasy (technically portal fantasy, as the protagonist started on Earth in the first novel), with all the trappings - warring houses, enemies within and without, fantastical creatures, magic, and - of course - swords galore.

The novel takes place six months after Dragon's Trail end. The protagonist are fully enmeshed in local life of
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-fantasy
Fasten your seatbelts.

Never has a book so heartbreaking made me laugh so hard along the way.

Ruthless and yet relentlessly hopeful, The New Magic is side-splittingly funny and a brilliant sequel to a work of fantastical realism. Like its predecessor, it's told in a manner that feels like the author has been there himself. That realism, however, is what makes The New Magic pack such a punch and be such a compelling read.

The story picks up seamlessly not long after the end of Dragon’s Trail, and i
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Malik is turning the most innovative fantasy novel of the past five years into an incredible series. Vivid fight scenes and grab-you-by-the-throat writing drive a broad palette of characters. It's a barn-burner and a fast read. The supporting cast leaps off the page, fully human (or in one case, fully elf) and real.

The New Magic introduces the idea that not everyone in this fantasy world knows the things that we know nor believes what we believe, and it affects how they perceive right an
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Joseph Malik's followup to the Dragon's Trail is a major letdown. Despite some issues with the writing, I enjoyed the Dragon's Trail and was super psyched for the sequel. Malik's debut was a fun twist on fantasy, with some great action and written for a more mature audience. Perfect for me, and I expected that with one novel under his belt, Malik's followup would be even better.

Unfortunately, I made it less than halfway through the New Magic before giving up.

The quality of writing just isn't go
Russell Gray
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
You honestly couldn't have asked for a better sequel. I didn't want to put the book down and the only reason it took two days to read was because they were work days and I only had so much free time.

If you enjoyed the first book in The Outworlders, don't hesitate to pick this up. I was also excited to hear that the third book is already being written. I can't wait!

If you haven't read the first book, Dragon's Trail, and you enjoy fantasy then do yourself a favor and get in on this action.
Leanne Blakey-Novis
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
So many twists I wasn't expecting! Brilliant read, I hope there will be a third book! ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The New Magic is the second book in the Outworlders crossrealm fantasy series by Joseph Malik. Released 30th Sept 2018 by the SFWA,it's 377 pages and available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio formats.

This is a juggernaut of a series. I honestly turned around immediately after reading the first book and re-read it. I almost never do that. Preparatory to reading The New Magic, I read the first book a third time. I have been so impressed
Nils Odlund
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the most confident book I've ever read.

There's something seeping out through the spaces between the words that I can't remember encountering anywhere else. This book knows it's awesome, and it's not wrong.
For a summary of what the book's about, read the description. I'm just going to share some of my thoughts and feelings on reading it.

To begin with, this is the second part in a series. I read the first part at some point last year, and while I believe I enjoyed this book more because o
Angel Leya
Jarrod's back, but life has taken a turn for the worst. His castle is under seige, and the enemy has brought in an old Earth rival to take him down. What's worse is they're using magic in a way the world has never seen before. Taking the hard road in order to do the most good will stretch him further than he ever thought possible.

Another excellent book by the author, but this one about left me shattered. This book was darker and grittier than the last, as we see the landscape of this medieval/pa
Jo Ann Vega
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With this being the second book I was not expecting it to be this good. I found myself glued to it. Mainly because the characters are so believable. The world comes to life around you, this gets a little graphic in some spots. I enjoy the humor and the tongue in cheek way of the men's dialogues. I find it refreshing that this is such a really smooth continuation. These would be a great way to get more men to read fantasy. My nephew loved the first one. Also, he knows I'm a reviewer. He asked me ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy fantasy books so I was eager to read this book. I received an ARC of this book, courtesy of Netgalley, in return for my honest opinion. I read it even though I have not read the first book in the series. I liked the premise of the book which is of a man from the United States who is transported into another world where he becomes a hero , of sorts. Jarrod is a knight who serves the Queen. There are 3 other men who have also transported and this story involves a lot of intrigue and ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent follow-up to Joseph Malik's first book, Dragon's Trail. I'm a fan of hard science fiction. Malik is the first author who has really captured what I would consider hard fantasy. His clever, funny, engaging characters led me through the most enjoyable 4-5 hours of reading that I've had in a long time. If you are a cigar smoker, plan on numerous relights if you plan on reading while enjoying a cigar. You just might find yourself so engrossed that your cigar goes out. Mine did. ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first book in this series was huge and this one has the same quality level.
It's well written, fast paced, and full of action. At times it's a bit too violent for my taste but I really liked it.
It's one of those book that makes you forget the passing of time.
A very good new fantasy author that confirmed the good impression of his first book.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
There is something to be said for a book that keeps me interested enough to read it in two sittings. This book preserved the magic of its predecessor while expanding the story. If you like portal fantasy, technically sharp prose, and a gripping story, check out this series!

Looking forward to book 3!

I was provided a free copy of this book by the author and this review is my honest opinion.
Clarissa Gosling
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly detailed and deep world where two people from earth are on opposite sides of a medieval war. Starting with the second in a series was a bit confusing, but the story telling was very rich and pulls you along. Lots of blood and gore and full of realistic sword fighting details. 
Al Burke
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good stuff - you can find the full review here - ...more
Gene Rosso
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first book.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great rollicking stuff in terms of plot, but could do with more plot elements other than fight, fight, fight. Generically, we're dealing with a mediaeval fantasy take on John Carter of Mars or the Gor books (but without the latter's sexual obsessions).
A good book for a rainy afternoon - it makes few intellectual demands on the reader and is a reasonably entertaining read. The detail of armour and arms is interesting enough to prompt me to look up sword-making sites, so you do learn something!
Adam Dirkes
I enjoyed this enough to recommend it certainly if you enjoyed the first book, but it lacked layers. This book seemed to assume you had already grasped the depths of the characters involved and the nature of the world and made no attempt to reintroduce them. I found it sometimes jarring how straightforward the plot was laid out as a result. The first book I found had a nice balance to encourage you to be drawn into the struggle. Only if you already identify with Jarrod here would that occur. Hop ...more
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In addition to fiction, Joseph Malik writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the U.S. military. He has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command.

He has been a longtime panelist and demonstrator at fantasy conventions, speaking as an expert

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