Sword of the Bright Lady by M. C. Planck
3.5 Stars , Reviews / August 11, 2014

I 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. That brings a different dynamic…