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Sword of the Bright Lady

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Description

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 notoriety.

To 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 magic.

But the gods and demons have other plans. Christopher's fate will save the world... or destroy it.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 23, 2014 – Mechanical engineer Christopher Sinclair goes for a walk one night in Arizona and suddenly finds himself in a snowy medieval world where rank depends on one’s “tael”—magical energy taken from the brains of dead sentient creatures, usually peasants. Threatened with execution, he vows to serve as a priest of the Bright Lady in an eternal war. However, when war god Marcius offers Sinclair a way to return home, Sinclair is willing to abandon the church to embark on the precarious adventure that lie ahead. To combat his enemies and help improve the forlorn lives of the common folk, he provides instruction on making steel, Franklin stoves, gunpowder, rifles, and cannons; naturally this both makes him very popular and earns him some enemies. Planck (The Kassa Gambit) develops a number of interesting peripheral characters who support Sinclair even as they doubt his ability to change the “corrupt system.” Readers looking for a new twist on an old story will be interested in this tale of modern idealism set in a gritty medieval world.

Customer Reviews

Follow the formula

Ah, another shining take of the unusually talented man of the world transported into the realm of dungeons and dragons a la Joel Rosenberg and a bazillion imitators. This brave new world even has levels and hit points as standard.
A decent read despite this, and the story is good enough for an airport purchase or as something to pick up while waiting for something from a more creative author. I'll pick up the sequel for that purpose.

Good Read

This was a good a great read. About an idealistic man who finds himself trapped in a harsh corrupt world and sets off on his quest to find a way home to his beloved wife. And he will start a war to get there

Sword of the Bright Lady
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Sep 09, 2014
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 429 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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