Sword of the Bright Lady
By M. C. Planck
Pyr, 2014. 429 pgs. Fantasy
This novel opens with Christopher, a man from our world and our time, waking up in another world entirely. It's winter, he has no money and was found wandering the night before through the wilderness, half frozen. The world he has entered is full of magic and medieval-age technology, and a war has been ravaging their society for years. Christopher is inadvertently swept into the war's draft for the following season. Not wanting to become part of the terrible mortality rate, he decides to draw on his skills as a mechanical engineer to "invent" - at least in this world - technology that could mean the difference between life and death.
Expect duels, assassins, monsters, sword fighting, and magic as well as technology, engineering, and scientific knowledge. Christopher has entered a complex world with class divisions, political tensions, tension between church and state and upper and lower classes. Although the writing style is very simple, the story is very fun and should appeal to fans of fantasy, gaming, time travel, and anyone who is intrigued by the thought of sending MacGyver back to medieval times and seeing what he comes up with.