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  1. says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum will probably read Sword of the Bright Lady and think what a peculiar world our protagonist Christopher Sinclair has landed in with all these funny magical rules and strange way of doing things On the other hand if you’re a gamer then you just might see things a bit differently and a lot of the elements will have that persistent familiar ringAs already pointed out by many reviewers the world of this book feels reminiscent of a video game For example gaining ranks and becoming powerful by defeating your enemies then plundering their bodies for loot is like the foundation of any role playing game Fortifying your base allocating your resources and delegating responsibilities to your minions while arming your fighters and supplying your crafters to make sure they churn out raw materials and products for the war effort also happens to be essential for strategy games And the golden rule of battles and duels in Sword of the Bright Lady – that is fight and deplete your opponent’s tael before they deplete yours – sounds extraordinary like the tongue in cheek “advice” I used to tell my raid group back when I was leading 25 mans in World of Warcraft “Let’s all try and get the boss’ hit points to zero before he gets our hit points to zero please”There are many examples like this and as the author had confirmed in a comment on another blogger’s review that he had intended to write a book exploring what it would feel like to be an actual person in the games we play I had a lot of fun spotting the similarities and wondering what aspects might actually be subtle references to gaming The concept itself is REALLY cool The book begins with Christopher waking up in a strange new world with no memory of how he got there How many game narrative start off just like that? He gets drafted into an eternal war as an online gamer a war that goes on forever was one of those “AHA” moments for me because we all know in an MMO you can never truly “win” by serving as a priest of the Bright Lady joining the ranks of her followers who can heal wounds by using their magic and for the right price resurrect the dead another “AHA” But then drawn by the opportunity to return home to his own world Christopher goes and pledges himself to the god of war which sets off a series of unpredictable and violent eventsBy all rights I should have fallen in love with Sword of the Bright Lady After all I usually find myself drawn to any story with a gaming angle no matter how tenuous the link However in the end “love” might be too powerful a word to describe how I felt about the book though I did have fun and enjoyed reading it uite a bit There were just a few things that added up to keep me from embracing this one completelyFirstly something about Christopher just doesn’t sit right with me While I don’t pretend to be an expert on how a person would react when waking up to an unfamiliar world surrounded by strangers still Christopher’s behavior and many of his decisions and actions just didn’t seem realistic or normal to me And while he clearly didn’t know about all the ways of this new place he did seem to know uite a lot – perhaps too much to be believable And though I was aware of the nature of this fantasy world the people took to Christopher’s new ideas and projects much too easily with not much fuss or resistance at all which also didn’t feel very believable to meThis segues perfectly into my second point which is that the whole premise of this novel feeling like it’s hovering in this awkward place between trying to convey the realism and authenticity of this world but at the same time negating a lot of that by throwing in some pretty outlandish situations that make the story feel almost satirical The book feels like it wants it both ways which is a difficult balance to strike I’m not sure I liked this “in between” feeling and in fact if Christopher’s experience is meant to be a parody of sorts of what it might feel like to be a person in a video game – which is uite an ingenious and uniue idea – I’d actually have liked to see the author carry that premise even furtherTo sum it all up I think there are a couple of missed opportunities to make this book stand out which for me is the only factor holding it back from being a truly excellent read But I can’t deny there are some fascinating ideas in here and overall it’s a very strong novel from author MC Planck

  2. says:

    Fantasy Review BarnTen copper is eual to one silver ten silver is eual 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 stuffThe 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 acuired spells through a visual menu like apparition in front of him; complete with a silent guide to act as a tutorialI 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 uite 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 thatUnfortunately 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 officialFor 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 uniue to break form the back Granted this one had a uniue feel but it wasn’t one that worked for me2 StarsCopy for review provided by publisher

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    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 uite 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 uick I couldn’t help but want to see how our protagonist Christopher one of us fared in this new strange worldAbout the magic in this world I actually found it uite 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 taelWell it’s cool until you find out that tael is harvested from the dead Then there's some interesting uestions about the power and status attained from tael versus the cost of acuiring itChristopher 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 all convenient 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 uite 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 worldI 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 asking uestions until I get the chance to read the next one

  4. says:

    Christopher Sinclair wakes from an interesting dream into a interesting 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 the magic a practitioner commandsOn his first day in this new world not uite 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 deeper troubleSome 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 howeverWhile preparing for war Christopher succeeds in than 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 little complicated than that A little fun too By about half way through the book I had decided that MC 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 muchThis 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 and ignored You’ll have to read the book to find out what that isI 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 feels real 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 storyWritten for SFCrowsnest

  5. says:

    A good start to a Displaced Person fantasy The series suffers from bloat and the never finishing syndrome of modern fantasy epics Just one novel and we'll reach the endno really just one I promise

  6. says:

    What I was hoping forWhat I was expectingWhat I gotNow 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 guyBut 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 fanficOthers 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 landThe 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 KrynnWherever 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 get backstory Every other character exists only as a foil for Gary Stu's successes And every conflict is resolved linearly within a ten page chapterThe author has said this book took about three months to write It could have benefited from some months Sadly it reads like a NaNoNovelFor 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 translates to 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 ignoresThe final battle seuence 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

  7. says:

    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 SM 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 the difficult aspects of Sci fifantasy and in this regard Planck has scored very high while reading SOTBL I did not notice a single instance where Planck broke his rulesThe beginning centers on Christopher’s reaction to being transported to a fantastical land by powers beyond his comprehension His initial reaction is uite 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 seuences 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 uite provincial I was left with the feeling that as impressed as I am with SOTBL the rest of the series will be even better

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    “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 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by the strong internal voice of our displaced protagonist and his strong sense of right and wrong Better than average story of a stranger in a strange land“ with hope came fear The mixture was indistinguishable from anger” Both magic and faith work the latter healing and rejuvenating“I must respect the will of the gods assuming I can figure out what that is”Humor is integral to the story Christopher recognizes the emperor’s clothes but also sees worth and potential in his rustic new surroundings“This is how we defeat Evil It cannot comprehend Good Well that and fireballs”Minor typos such as “abject lessons” “My cynicism remains untroubled by hope” Cover art uibble a revolving receiver rifle pictured while the text describes a rolling block design Very different looking“You underestimate yourself Stop it It’s stupid and weak”

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 placedimension 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 Luckand 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

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Sword of the Bright Lady

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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 senten. Full Review at TenaciousReader have to admit; I found th

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TyTo 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 i. “Sometimes peoples would rather cling to a pretty lie

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Ce 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 notorie. A good start to a Displaced Person fantasy The series su

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