The New Magic

The white-knuckle sequel to the #1 International Bestseller Dragon’s Trail

“Tell me who you ride beside, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

– Falconsrealm proverb

  “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.”

The Booklife Prize

The Short and Scrappy Guide to Novel Writing: Part 2

The Short and Scrappy Guide to Novel Writing: Part 2

The same caveat applies here as applied to Part 1: This is what has worked for me. Take it or leave it. Disclaimer: This is a much longer post than the last one. What follows could be the bullet points of an introductory class on elementary literary theory for the...

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Part One: What It Is and What It Ain’t Disclaimer: There is no "correct" way to write a novel. I keep getting asked, "How did you sell so many books?" The Short and Scrappy Guide to Novel Writing reflects what has worked for me. I’ve been asked quite a bit lately to...

“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

Adventure awaits . . .

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Upcoming Events:

NorWesCon 43  Seattle, WA  April 9-12, 2020 


Military Track panelist and moderator, including demonstrations of Norse roundshield combat and close-quarters tomahawk.

Book signing and meet & greet at University of Washington Bookstore kiosk. 

UPDATE: Joseph Malik will appear at Norwescon 44 in 2021.



Check back soon for news about 2021 appearances. 


About the Author


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.