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Caine Black Knife (Acts of Caine) Paperback – October 14, 2008
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–Christopher Rowley, author of the Bazil Broketail series, on Heroes Die
“Blends science, magic, and martial arts into an action-packed tale of adventure and heroism.”
–Library Journal, on Blade of Tyshalle
“Marvelous . . . Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings.”
–Simon R. Green, author of The Unnatural Inquirer, on Heroes Die
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Caine Black Knife picks up several years later, and treats us to two intertwined stories: Now, Caine is older, maybe a bit wiser, maybe a bit more mellow, but no less intelligent and no less dangerous. As he ends up involved in danger and intrigues in new settings, we flash back to the Adventure that made him a star: we see a younger, more narcissistic, self-absorbed and violent Caine making a name for himself, setting the stage for events to come. Caine runs into some characters we've met before and plenty of new ones, comes up against new threats from two worlds and makes a few new friends along the way. It's fascinating to see this character at two very different stages of his life, unmistakably himself in each, yet incredibly different in outlook, in the choices he makes.
Matthew Stover is a great writer of intelligent, exciting fiction that refuses to be confined to a single genre, stories that engage your imagination and make you think even as they provide nearly non-stop action, and make no mistake: Stover's action sequences are nonpareil, brutal and detailed without losing coherence or energy. Every book in this series is fresh and new; Stover never settles for offering just more of the same, and Caine Black Knife stands proudly by its predecessors as a great novel and part of one of the finest sff series on shelves today.
It's been three years since Blade of Tyshalle took place. Caine has left Ankhana behind, focusing instead on making sure people from Earth -- headed by the Board of Governors -- don't come back to Overworld. When he catches word that Orbek, of the Black Knife Ogrillo clan, has been taken prisoner, he heads over to helps him. But, as it always happens with Caine, events start to spiral out of control as word of the mysterious Smoke Hunt is coming. Meanwhile, Stover takes us back twenty-five years in the past to show the story of what made Caine famous, when he all but single-handedly destroyed the Black Knife clan.
Choosing to focus exclusively on Caine is the best decision Stover made. What really makes this story push forward are the differences between Young Caine and Old Caine. The younger version is more ruthless, prone to violence, and willing to sacrifice his allies in order to make himself famous. His lack of conscience really is troubling.Read more ›
I'm a longtime fan of Mr. Stover's work, and in all honesty, have absurdly high expectations for the quality of his books. Caine Black Knife meets my expectations 100%. My only question, now is, when's the next one coming out?
Caine Black Knife is the third novel in the Acts of Caine series. With every book in this series, author Matt Stover seems to enjoy changing gears, shifting genres, mixing up casts and generally wrong-footing the audience. After Blade of Tyshalle, a massive, epic and weighty (in terms of both size and theme) tome, Stover resists the urge to go bigger and more apocalyptic. Instead he strips things down, delivering the shortest and most focused novel in the series.
Caine Black Knife at heart is a detective story. Caine is trying to find out where his friend Orbek has gone and, once that's done, what the hell is going on in the Boedecken Waste. Caine is not happy to be back, as his former visit transformed him into a superstar but at the cost of enormous numbers of lives and only by Caine performing some truly heinous acts. The novel is divided into chapters that alternate between Caine's investigation in the past and flashbacks to his first adventure in the Boedecken. Some familiar faces return (or are discussed at length) from the first two books but for the most part this is a new and stand-alone adventure.
Caine is a complex protagonist at the best of times, and in this novel Stover has to show him twice over at different points in his life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series is absolutely fantastic. There are so many books in the world that I never re-read. But this series? This is one I will re-read again and again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Laidlaw
Caine is my all-time favorite character and I wish he would show up in every book I read. But that is really all that's good about these books. There's very little plot.Published 8 months ago by Jessica Carmichael
If you've read the first two Acts of Caine you should appreciate the story of how he became a star. Don't forget to pick up Caine's Law as well, since it is essentially the second... Read morePublished 9 months ago by mrwhite
Better than the second book, but still difficult to follow all the allegorical, metaphorical, bs. Rises above the typical fare because of the brilliance that shines through, but... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first book of the series was absolutely the best. This book lived up to the legend, Caine's still got it.Published 15 months ago by Kathryn Zizzi
Great entry in the Acts of Caine saga. As many have noted it takes on a new meaning after Caine's Law. This one is more narratively focused and action-packed. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cbuck
Here it is: all the stuff you liked about "Heroes Die" is back. The complexity, and the whoop ass. Stover won't give you the same meal however. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric E. Johnson