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This book is awesome, SciFi hiding as fantasy or Fantasy pretending to be SciFi I couldn t tell but it really didn t matter There were certainly some instances of suspension of disbelief but excellent payoff Good characterization, decent pacing, good world buildingChristopher Sinclair, a gentle souled mechanical engineer wakes up in a strange bed with a strange woman, in a strange land where no one speaks English It must be a dream but even for a dream this is too weird Turns out Christop This book is awesome, SciFi hiding as fantasy or Fantasy pretending to be SciFi I couldn t tell but it really didn t matter There were certainly some instances of suspension of disbelief but excellent payoff Good characterization, decent pacing, good world buildingChristopher Sinclair, a gentle souled mechanical engineer wakes up in a strange bed with a strange woman, in a strange land where no one speaks English It must be a dream but even for a dream this is too weird Turns out Christopher fell through space to another place altogether and, Toto, this ain t Kansas This world is a place dimension peopled by medieval folk, with magic and strangely uneven technology Katana swords, suits of armor, horses and stones which cast light without heat Christopher is being sheltered by a priest, Pater Svengusta, and his wench for lack of a better word Helga One day while earning his keep by chopping firewood he gets involved in a civil dispute between some serfs and a ranked man Christopher doesn t even speak the language but he cannot stand for what is happening, and so, the gauntlet is thrown The only way to save Christopher is to bring him into the fold Using magic Cardinal Faren communicates with Christopher that he must pledge himself to the service of the Bright Lady, and in so doing enlist in the army for the next three years In trade, the church will resurrect him if he dies during the duel I know, right Bewildered and heartsick Christopher feels this might be the only way to survive this harsh world until he can find his way back home so he agrees That night in the Chapel while meditating on the Bright Lady Ostara Christopher has a vision and ends up pledging himself to the service of the Brightlady s companion Marcius the God of War and Strength, War, Luck,and Travel This pledge grants Christopher certain powers, he can now speak the languages of this new land, he is granted rank meaning he has magic and access to the knowledge that comes with it, oh as well as making him the only Priest of the God of War that this land has seen in many years Magic, swords, backyard chemistry and resurrection, this book kicks so much butt Get Sword of the Bright Lady from the Denver Public Library Emily A good start to a Displaced Person fantasy The series suffers from bloat and the never finishing syndrome of modern fantasy epics Just onenovel and we ll reach the endno, really, just one , I promise. #Read Kindle ⚤ Sword of the Bright Lady ì Christopher Sinclair goes out for a walk on a mild Arizona evening and never comes back He stumbles into a freezing winter under an impossible night sky, where magic is real but bought at a terrible price A misplaced act of decency lands him in a brawl with an arrogant nobleman and puts him under a death sentence In desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war, serving as a priest of the Bright Lady, Goddess of Healing But when Marcius, god of war, offers the only hope of a way home to his wife, Christopher pledges to him instead, plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notorietyTo win enough power to open a path home, this mild mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists, assassins, and the never ending threat of monsters, with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magicBut the gods and demons have other plans Christopher s fate will save the world or destroy it الأخلاق والسير where magic is real but bought at a terrible price A misplaced act of decency lands him in a brawl with an arrogant nobleman and puts him under a death sentence In desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war Hate Me Today serving as a priest of the Bright Lady Hostage to Pleasure Goddess of Healing But when Marcius A Sister to Scheherazade god of war Seven Psychics offers the only hope of a way home to his wife Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling Christopher pledges to him instead The Night My Bum Dropped: A Gleefully Exaggerated Memoir plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notorietyTo win enough power to open a path home Freed from Witchcraft this mild mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists This Side of Paradise assassins The Sleeping Tiger and the never ending threat of monsters Blue Crush with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magicBut the gods and demons have other plans Christopher s fate will save the world or destroy it Christopher Sinclair wakes from an interesting dream into ainteresting dilemma He is in an alternate reality, a world eerily similar and yet markedly different to ours The sleepy village he finds himself in appears to be stuck in the medieval age, but for certain marvels This magic , apportioned by a substance known as tael , affects the very way society operates, marking the most startling differences The higher the rank, themagic a practitioner commands.On his first day in th Christopher Sinclair wakes from an interesting dream into ainteresting dilemma He is in an alternate reality, a world eerily similar and yet markedly different to ours The sleepy village he finds himself in appears to be stuck in the medieval age, but for certain marvels This magic , apportioned by a substance known as tael , affects the very way society operates, marking the most startling differences The higher the rank, themagic a practitioner commands.On his first day in this new world, not quite given over to the fact he has left his own world, rather, Christopher believes himself the displaced victim of a plane crash Our hero manages to transgress several laws while coming to the defence of a young woman He does not know that striking a nobleman, even to save a young woman s virtue, is a serious crime punishable by death He is summoned by church officials and interviewed By the time his audience with Saint Krellyan is finished, two things are clear Christopher is no longer in Arizona or anyone on his Earth and he s in deep er, trouble.Some legal finagling puts off his death, but there is a cost Christopher must serve three years in the draft , at the front lines He agrees, seeing no other way to stay alive long enough to find a way home He is given a rank and inducted into the local religion where he will serve a priest to the Bright Lady, the goddess of healing The Bright Lady s consort, Marcius, god of war, has other plans for him, however.While preparing for war, Christopher succeeds inthan arming his cadre of young draftees with improved weaponry In slow steps, he organises an industrial revolution But not everyone appreciates his forward thinking or his methodology Then there are the duellists who want a crack at his magic sword, grudge bearing nobleman and a mysterious assassin who wants to know all of his secrets Sword Of The Bright Lady is a really fun read The magic system alone is fascinating While on the surface of things, it seems like the usual mana to spell deal, depending on the rank of the wielder, it s actually a littlecomplicated than that A littlefun, too By about half way through the book, I had decided that M.C Planck had found a way to truly fictionalise a table top gaming experience Bodies are looted and experience and goods apportioned according to who struck the killing blow and rank, of course So, characters gain tael and magical items by defeating foes Tael can be used to regenerate limbs, raise the dead, or elevate rank War is a numbers game A host of commoners or unranked draftees might keep an enemy s attention long enough for a few higher ranked noblemen to cast devastating spells So, the life of a commoner is not considered worth much.This is where the gap in society comes into play Without a rank, you re cannon fodder Christopher is from our world, though, and he s idealistic to boot The thought of riding to war on the backs of near defenceless young men horrifies him So, he changes the formula Christopher uses his tael in new and interesting ways that outrage and scandalise his companions and enemies and his revolutionary methods expose what isn t so well hidden andignored You ll have to read the book to find out what that is.I highly recommend Sword Of The Bright Lady for fans of sword and sorcery, epic fantasy and alternative reality, as well as table top gamers Christopher is an engaging character who feelsreal as the pages turn His sense of wonder and humour both amused The cast of secondary characters are just as interesting and I m looking forward to the continuing story.Written for SFCrowsnest This is what happens when you put science fiction, fantasy, moral development, and political science into a blender Sword of the Bright Lady is the story I ve been waiting years to find I m glad someone has finally written it Fans of S.M Stirling and Eric Flint will feel right at home with Christopher as he struggles to reconcile his gentle nature and modern sensibilities with a world filled with goblins, magic, and medieval privilege World building is often one of thedifficult aspect This is what happens when you put science fiction, fantasy, moral development, and political science into a blender Sword of the Bright Lady is the story I ve been waiting years to find I m glad someone has finally written it Fans of S.M Stirling and Eric Flint will feel right at home with Christopher as he struggles to reconcile his gentle nature and modern sensibilities with a world filled with goblins, magic, and medieval privilege World building is often one of thedifficult aspects of Sci fi fantasy and in this regard Planck has scored very high, while reading SOTBL I did not notice a single instance where Planck broke his rules.The beginning centers on Christopher s reaction to being transported to a fantastical land by powers beyond his comprehension His initial reaction is, quite predictably, shock and it progress as he grieves for the world he lost and his wife who was left behind he literally bargains with a god It is believable and not excessively angsty and he emerges from it dedicated to bringing some much needed justice to the world around him The rest of the book alternates between impressive world building, whoever thought banking could be so fun, and action sequences By the end it is clear that Christopher is not done growing as a character and that the conflicts he has faced so far are quite provincial I was left with the feeling that as impressed as I am with SOTBL, the rest of the series will be even better What I was hoping for What I was expecting What I got Now, I do feel a bit bad about having such a negative reaction, because I consider the author, or at least the author s online persona, to be a generally awesome guy.But there really isn t much nice that I can say about this book I like the concept of tael, although it does seem very, very videogamey And overall, this story might have worked better if it had just gone all the way and made itself a WoW fanfic It would have been a very credi What I was hoping for What I was expecting What I got Now, I do feel a bit bad about having such a negative reaction, because I consider the author, or at least the author s online persona, to be a generally awesome guy.But there really isn t much nice that I can say about this book I like the concept of tael, although it does seem very, very videogamey And overall, this story might have worked better if it had just gone all the way and made itself a WoW fanfic It would have been a very creditable WoW fanfic.Others before me have complained about this book seeming to be ripped out of a video game And the author himself has mentioned that this is his interpretation of a common gamer fantasy that of being the one RL person stuck in fantasyland The problem with writing a book about a fantasy that everyone has already had is that you have to do something to make it pretty darn interesting and compelling Harry Potter does this really well starting with Stock Tragic Boy who then becomes a compelling character with flaws and struggles, trying to fit in in a strange and beautiful world all based on the similar premise of wish fulfillment stranger in a strange land.The other problem with writing a book about this type of video game fantasy, is that this book fails at being a video game fantasy There is no video game plot Video game plots take you through various parts of the world jungleland, desertland, cryptville, etc This Entire Book you spend at a save point, changing your character s outfit, talking to NPCs who have suffered arrows to the knee, and impressing locals It also might have been the first draft of a much better novel One that outright admitted the MC was sucked into a video game, and actually explored in depth the fear and displacement and horror at all the bloodshed That gave a hint of the possibility the MC might not make it That gave roles to other characters that were complex and GRRMartiny The first chapters touch on the feelings of displacement, but then any depth gets sidelined in favor of lengthy descriptions of the financing concepts Gary Stu is bringing to Krynn Wherever The MC character is a painful Gary Stu whose every roadblock exists only to prove how invincible he is, and there are no characters developed beyond the most flimsy cardboard cutout Think of one of the NPCs in Diablo and you ll getbackstory Every other character exists only as a foil for Gary Stu s successes And every conflict is resolved linearly within a ten page chapter.The author has said this book took about three months to write It could have benefited from somemonths Sadly, it reads like a NaNoNovel.For one thing, one of the things I was really hoping to see was Mechanical Engineer Awesome The MC is a supposed mechanical engineer who is going to change the world by industrializing Monty Python and the Holy Grail But there is VERY little mechanical engineer research done here and it translatesto modern guy goes to medieval fantasy world and is somehow not killed and everyone loves him and instantly embraces all of the modernizations he brings Also, hot chicks throw themselves at him, which he manfully ignores.The final battle sequence was pretty good, if unsurprising But the final plot twist felt very, very rushed I got royally sick of watching Christopher make stupid, overly idealistic military decisions and then get rewarded for them Part of war is loss Sometimes peoples would rather cling to a pretty lie than face an ugly truth, especially if the lie is one they ve told themselves about themselves Kept from being your typical I have grown weary with teenagers saving the world and magic being unlimited The main character in this novel is not a teenager, the magic system Planck has built is neither free nor unlimited, and the complexity of the world and story thrive because of both This book was a breath of fresh air. Fantasy Review BarnTen copper is equal to one silver, ten silver is equal to one gold After a battle the victors go around the field and harvest a glowing ball of energy from each of the dead collect enough of it and a person can level up one rank Die and a person can be revived, but will lose a level of rank More rank means better magical abilities higher ranked men can shrug off sword blows with ease and heal even the deepest wounds in seconds After a duel the victor gets all the lootz f Fantasy Review BarnTen copper is equal to one silver, ten silver is equal to one gold After a battle the victors go around the field and harvest a glowing ball of energy from each of the dead collect enough of it and a person can level up one rank Die and a person can be revived, but will lose a level of rank More rank means better magical abilities higher ranked men can shrug off sword blows with ease and heal even the deepest wounds in seconds After a duel the victor gets all the lootz from the loser usually keeping any magically enchanted items and selling off the mundane stuff.The latest online roleplaying game from Blizzard No, unfortunately this is the world in which protagonist of Sword of the Bright Lady finds himself transported to in this thoroughly mediocre portal fantasy offering Now I have accused books of feeling like a video game before but I can t think of a book that was this blatantly a video game in written form The harvesting of tael and the ability to lose it upon death is the collection of XP, plain as day I have collected glowing stuff from my kills in too many video games to mention There is a color coded system to check people s affiliation so a person can always check the manual if they get lost And at one point Christopher, our poor lost soul of destiny, looks through his recently acquired spells through a visual menu like apparition in front of him complete with a silent guide to act as a tutorial.I wanted A Connecticut Yankee tale here, and in a way I got one But instead of King Arthur s Court we ended up in Azeroth and did so without a trace of irony to be found There was a decent story to be found here Christopher using his mechanical knowledge to change society around him But it walked a predictable line and was surrounded by so much silliness that it was hard to take seriously Of course the protagonist shows gunpowder to a disproving audience, changes the course of warfare, and becomes a man of destiny within a world he barely understands There was quite literally no other way this story could have gon It was what I expected, it was what I got Enjoyment can be found in these stories and I got a bit of satisfaction when everything he did was inevitably proven to be right I admit that for all the predictability I saw through the story I was caught off guard by the ending in retrospect it was obvious but the author managed to fool me and kudos to him for that.Unfortunately the detractions to the book outweigh the strong ending and various comeuppances that the baddies of the tale get Go beyond the silly set up and incredible ease in which Christopher bends the world around his will It is actually surprising to see a book fail the Betchell test these days but this one does it rather miserably The closest it comes to passing is when one woman addresses a table that has a second woman at it it may be the only time in the book two women are in one scene surprising because this is a land of endless war missing a large percentage of its male population Of the six women of note in the book three offer themselves to Christopher in some fashion And despite a large portion of the male population dying in the war women are still left with the prospect of a good marriage being their best only hope in life with a bit of an inconsistency arising from a high ranking church official.For those who look for well paced plotting first and foremost in their fantasy novels this book will probably work well But it is pretty easy to overload on portal fantasy they all too often deal with one super character changing the world and need something unique to break form the back Granted, this one had a unique feel, but it wasn t one that worked for me.2 StarsCopy for review provided by publisher Full Review at TenaciousReader have to admit I found the concept of someone from our world landing in the middle of a medieval style fantasy story quite intriguing I mean, really, we spend our free time reading about such things, but what would it really be like to wake up in one Dirty, smelly and full of hard work Probably not near as much fun as reading So, curiosity grabbed me pretty quick, I couldn t help but want to see how our protagonist, Ch Full Review at TenaciousReader have to admit I found the concept of someone from our world landing in the middle of a medieval style fantasy story quite intriguing I mean, really, we spend our free time reading about such things, but what would it really be like to wake up in one Dirty, smelly and full of hard work Probably not near as much fun as reading So, curiosity grabbed me pretty quick, I couldn t help but want to see how our protagonist, Christopher one of us , fared in this new strange world.About the magic in this world, I actually found it quite interesting and disturbing To gain magical ability, you collect something called tael Cool, right It can even be used as a type of currency, purchasing favors from priests as well as social status Just find a way to harvest tael, and you can advance, do magic, become superhuman in fights making it near on impossible for mundane non magical people to harm you, and if they do, well, just use some tael and heal yourself Sounds awesome Let s find some tael Well, it s cool until you find out that tael is harvested from the dead Then there s some interesting questions about the power and status attained from tael, versus the cost of acquiring it.Christopher seems to know a lot of convenient things when he gets there Things that help advance the technology of the world I have to admit, part of me felt like he knew a bit too much, that it was allconvenient than it should be But, I also have to admit to knowing a couple people in real life that can spout out facts and information about things that I, despite graduating from a College of Engineering, see no reason to ever know There are some personalities in this world that just absorb information and are quite intrigued in the inner workings of basically everything Christopher must be one of those people because he seems to know an awful lot Perhaps it s that personality trait that caused him to land in the middle of this strange world.I think this was a pretty strong debut I really enjoyed the premise and the way magic and status is handled Magic with a real cost At times things seemed a bit easy for our protagonist, but, hey, I liked the rest of it enough I can easily overlook that When it comes down to it, Sword of the Bright Lady was an enjoyable and intriguing read with an ending that has me interested and askingquestions until I get the chance to read the next one