• The Other Magic

  • Passage to Dawn, Book 1
  • By: Derrick Smythe
  • Narrated by: Greg Patmore
  • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (366 ratings)

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The Other Magic

By: Derrick Smythe
Narrated by: Greg Patmore
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Publisher's summary

Winner - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Winner - Global Book Award.

Runner-up - Global Ebook Award.

Runner-up - Independent Publisher Book Award.

The men secured the shackles slowly, hesitantly, but Kibure did not resist; he couldn’t. Whatever otherworldly power had come over him in those moments of passion had fled his body the second he realized what he had done....  

In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure’s inexplicable use of power places him in grave danger. In a twist of fate, the rogue priestess hired to strip him of his power chooses instead to help him escape. Her reasons for doing so are her own, but something worse than death awaits if they are unable to evade the Empire's most potent wielders.  

This epic fantasy series will be especially enjoyed by fans of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Michael J. Sullivan, Edward W. Robertson, and Michael Wisehart.  

©2019 Derrick Smythe (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Double threat

The book was great in and of itself, the reviews on the in print page speak for themselves. The author clearly understands the nature of young people and captures them so well. This story is both satisfying as a stand alone but also builds an epic world one can help but wanting to return to.

The audio version of this story is amazing! I wish the voice in my head sounded like Greg's voice...life would be so much more entertaining. His performance brought these characters to life and made it even easier to be transported to their world.

Overall a great performance on top of an already great read

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Great story (esp. if you skip Aynward's chapters)!

I really enjoyed this story and think the author is very skilled and has great promise! My only complaint is that I found the character of Aynward (sp?) superfluous (i.e., I found his character so annoying that I just started skipping his chapters halfway through the book. I don't think I missed anything of note from doing this). I look forward to reading the next book (esp. if the author kills off Aynward)!

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Too Slow and Drawn out

I listened to the first 10 chapters and then skipped to Chapter 35ish to see if the story had changed at all and it hadn't. the MC was still in the same situation that he was in back in chapter 5. Even listening at 1.5 speed the book it still pretty slow moving. Jumping around between 4 or 5 characters for them to not accomplish anything or move forward at all, makes this feel like a waste. After skipping 1/3 of the book I am throwing in the towel. If the story progressed a bit fast or was a bit more interesting for the first 45 chapters I would be willing but. I skipped 35 chapters and from what I can tell I didn't miss anything. Sucks, I was really intrigued by the summary of the book but it was a let down for me. hopefully other people enjoy it a bit more.

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Good start, where is the rest?

This books does not end. The narration stop due to lack of text to read, but the story does not reach an acceptable stopping point. This whole first book is just character and world building, and that's about it. I hope the rest of the series provides a satisfying ending to the story.

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The prose is awesome and the plot moves quickly but those two together make this a very dense read. There are many different characters with their own stories lines and a few flashbacks spread out. While this does come together nicely later in the book, it's hard to keep track of who is who. One extra sentence in each chapter to remind me which character goes with that name would make it a lot easier to read.

All that said, I love the diction, this is a very interesting world, and I am excited for the sequel. If you are willing to listen closely or rewind every now and then, I definitely recommend this book.

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Boring 😴 😴 😴

the characters just suck at life. I get creating suspense, but it isn't suspense if if you always know that it won't work out for the main characters

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Good Plot, Good hook, Narrator and loop killed it

I liked the story, but most of the time I listened i just wanted it to end. The narrator had an accent at the end of every word that made him sound like a kid making fun of a teenagers voice. The author has a loop for the chapters and doesn't stray far from this pattern :

Chap 1 Protagonist
Chap 2 Antogonist
Chap 3 Side Charactor

(might have chap 2 and 3 swapped)

so every time you ready a chapter you have to wait two chapters to find out what's next and the worst part for me was SPOILER 📢 ⚠️ 🚨 📢 ⚠️ 🚨 📢 ⚠️ 🚨






The main character spent almost half the damn book in a cage, like 8 hours into the book he finally gets out of the cage. After 20 hrs I barely know the MC. That said, the first 14-16 hours of the book was a rough read, from 16-20 was pretty good and engaging. the last 5 mins of the book makes me want to read the next one but i probably won't because the narrator and chapter loop killed it for me.

All in all I think this is a 3-3.5 star book, not bad but not awesome.

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WARNING MMCPOV

what does that mean to most, multiple main characters points of views, so if you believe that a story can/should have only 1 MC, please don't waste your time. Aesthetically the story is really engaging, and each character has distinctive quirks to make them more 3D. First of all let me state that structurally speaking there's nothing wrong with the story either. Some people can't stand the jumps from characters who are engaged in various different activities across the world because they're easily confused, but I don't mind. Personally my only structural issue is that the jumps in time for certain characters are not bringing you back to present before the character signs off and you are unsure of where in time you are for that character when it gets back to their turn. Definitely looking forward to more and a stellar narration

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fun characters in a fun world

I enjoyed the characters with their flaws and all. look forward to the next one!

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Yawn....

There are slow stories and then there is this. It has potential, but at least half the book goes by and very little has changed. I recommend listening to the first hour and then skipping the next 9 hours. You won’t miss anything important and you will get 8 hours of your life back. From then on it starts to pick up speed to a slow crawl

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