Dragon's Trail

#1 International Bestseller – now available in hardcover!

“I didn’t come here to sell my soul. I came here to buy it back.”

  “Action, humor, and intrigue . . . James Bond in tarnished armor.”

Publishers Weekly

The Outworlders

Book One: Dragon’s Trail

Once dubbed “The Deadliest Man Alive,” Jarrod Torrealday is a former Olympic saber hopeful and medieval weapons expert banned from competition for killing another fencer in a duel. He now scrapes by as a stuntman and technical consultant for low-budget fantasy films.

A young sorcerer from another world offers Jarrod the gig of a lifetime: adviser to the war council for a magical realm teetering on the edge of collapse, with a foreign army massing just beyond its borders.

Swept into a treacherous and deadly world of intrigue and conspiracy, Jarrod soon learns that the enemy mastermind is also from Earth, and has laid the foundations for a new kind of war.

Seamlessly blending hard science with epic fantasy, Dragon’s Trail is an international bestseller that’s being hailed as the pioneering work of a new genre: the Fantasy Technothriller. Dragon’s Trail is available at all major retailers in ebook and hardcopy formats.

“Fantasy with a twist . . . executed with verve and intelligence.”

“[Dragon’s Trail] features immersive detail and hold-your-breath battle scenes.”

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It’s Complicated: Sex in Falconsrealm

It’s Complicated: Sex in Falconsrealm

THIS POST HAS SPOILERS FOR DRAGON'S TRAIL. This is a topic that has come up a few times. And frankly, I've been nervous to discuss it, since it's a touchy subject. However, now that The New Magic is going through developmental editing, I was going over deleted scenes...

For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

Greetings, and thank you for your consideration. This morning, during my run, my phone began to explode with the news that the surprising success of my debut novel Dragon's Trail over the past year has made me eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New...

“Hard fantasy, written with great attention paid to every last detail . . . effortless and finely written. The world-building is extremely well done and so realistic that I was able to easily fall into this world and enjoy every minute.”

Forever Lost in Literature

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Miscon (Missoula, MT) - May 25-28

Joseph Malik will be a panelist at MisCon 32 from May 25-28.


WorldCon (San Jose, CA) - August 16-20

Joseph Malik will be attending and exhibiting at WorldCon 76 between August 16-20 (exact dates TBA).


About the Author


Joseph Malik is an eligible author for the 2018 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in science fiction/fantasy. He has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a freelance writer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command. Dragon’s Trail is his first novel. A sequel, The New Magic, is scheduled for release in 2018.

Dragon’s Trail  is hailed as the first of its genre: a Fantasy Technothriller. Help innovative authors by signing the Change.org petition to convince Amazon to add “Science Fantasy” as a recognized genre. Click the link below to reach the petition. The link will open in a new tab.