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The Other Magic

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Darkness stirs in a world that is ill-equipped to confront it. A prophesied king is born, but not all will benefit from his foretold conquests.

In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure, a mere slave, draws the attention of much more than just his master after wielding an unknown force in a moment of desperation. In a twist of fate, Sindri, the
Published December 1st 2019 by Dorean Press
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Sadie Forsythe
"I have finished it!" I shouted this while throwing my arms up in the universal victory pose. (Good thing I was home alone with the dog, and even she looked at me funny.) I felt held hostage by this book; determined to finish it but feeling as if it would never end. A full third of it needs to be cut away, in my opinion, probably more. The first 150 pages (in which one character is held in a cage and another is held hostage in a ship for 90% of the time) could literally be condensed to 10, for ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review first published on Oh Just Books.

The Other Magic is book one of the epic fantasy series Passage to Dawn. I'll be honest, I haven't read any epic fantasy books in the longest time, and this book was such a welcome surprise. At 600+ pages, it isn't a small book by any means, but it's just what I needed. The feeling of being able to immerse yourself in a book universe for days on end (and often late into the night) is a feeling I haven't experienced in a while.

The challenge with epic
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew Cosgrove
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As far as first books go, this was among the best I have read. Smythe was able to effortlessly capture all the elements of a truly great epic fantasy. For me, the most impressive thing was how he was able to present such an expansive world while still providing the perfect amount of detail into his societies and political systems. I never once felt like I was sitting through a history lesson of a world, nor was I overloaded with innocuous detail of the current scene (my two biggest issues with ...more
Dee Marie
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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‘The Other Magic (Passage to Dawn Book 1)’ is the debut novel of Derrick Smythe’s high fantasy adventure series. Told through the eyes of two young protagonists; one born to royalty, the other to poverty. Aynward is a highborn arrogant prince, sent to a strange land to be schooled in the art of humility. Kibure is a naive slave, with childlike fear and curiosity of his new found supernatural powers. It is a tale of two boys divided by social status and distant locals, brought together by the ...more
Dorcas Walton
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t put down

Drew me in from the start. If you enjoy fantasy, this book is for you. I’m impatiently waiting for book 2!
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Smythe's debut novel is a captivating adventure situated in a rich fantasy world with multiple POV characters. Kibure is a slave boy who feels his magic powers blossom; Sindri is an outcast priestess with her own agenda who finds and guides him; Grobennar is a middle-aged priest who raised the promised God Emperor (read: dark lord) since his birth/hatching and is trying hard to guide the monster he unleashed; and, last but best, Aynward is a sanguine prankster / princeling from a small ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite thing about this book is the characters. I felt a good connection with them early on as I found multiple chances to see the two young men as foils to each other. Rich vs poor, royalty vs slave, naive vs worldly, arrogant vs benevolent. They play so well against each other. Smythe uses actions to drive his characterization… vivid scenes that really open the readers to the type of characters we’re dealing with.

I also really liked the magic system. The educated clerics are the only
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although this type of genre is not my usual go -to -reading ,this book kept my interest as I learned more about the world Derrick Smythe created between the haves and the have nots. Kibure is a slave boy with vision and a power he doesn't fully realize until he is under the scrutiny of those in power. Aynward, a spoiled royal teenage boy, learns lessons of what his wealth and money cannot buy. Mr. Smythe weaves a tale on the grandest scale of power, greed and magic. The story is an old one but ...more
Marieke Treloar
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has what every epic fantasy tale needs.

Megalomaniac so-called god king, Kick-arse disgraced priestess, Heroic but clueless good guys, slave boy of unknown heritage with magical powers, Scheming wizard and scammers.

These fascinating characters are all married together with an engaging tale of action and adventure. Their lives intricately entwined that eventually sees them colliding

Have to congratulate Derrick for his first novel, it holds your attention and I personally can't wait to read
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to this series!

I like the many story lines and and how well this author, Derrick Smythe, keeps them from tangles!
I've read books with similar story lines but I would usually need to go back to the story's origin to figure them out. Not this novel, though. Remarksble, really.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Derrick Smythe's debut novel is full of adventure, danger, and fun. Kibure, a runaway slave boy is chased by the minions of a an evil ruler who, for his own reasons, is afraid of Kibure. Meanwhile, a spoiled prince is sent to a school where he is supposed to be reformed but ends up as a part of something much bigger. A promising new author: if you like epic fantasy, check this out.
Linda Knowles
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Derrick Smythe has created a world full of adventure, complex and intriguing characters and unpredictability. The reality he crafts is unique, believable and draws the reader in. I give this book the highest rating. You will want to check this out!
Russell Quinton
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Story from A New Author

Story Line was GREAT, character transitions were also over the top. I highly recommend this book. I am anxiously awaiting the second book in the series.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex and interwoven

Many characters are introduced and time periods exposed and then they all start converging to the final fall of the city with the escape of the heros.
Scott Wray
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A great combination of different aspects of magic. Strong characters but with a tendency to make human mistakes (mostly humorous).
Donna Cameron
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I could hardly put it down. Can't wait for next book. Loved the fight between good and evil. Very unexpected twist and turns.
Deloress June
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb mysterious spiritual humorous witty!

Spellbinding with hope fun and surprises! could read all day hoping some characters found love and some a slow sword!
Jeffrey A. Dewey
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting storylines

Interesting storylines that intertwine with past and future as magic struggles while evil tries to overcome and turns to prophecy.
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