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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Caine Black Knife is 99% just Caine being an a-hole, killing people and being tortured. There's pretty much nothing humanizing about him. I'm not one to usually be queasy about violence in books, but this one was just too much for me - which is ironic because I thought Caine was a bit of a cry-baby in book 2. I wish I had just read Heroes Die and stopped there - but I bought all the books, so I'll take a shot at the last one and see how it goes.
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 ›
These books are not a fast, light read. They are so dense with detail, characterization and worldbuilding that they demand your full attention. But this is no doorstop fantasy novel that makes you slog through pages of exposition to get to the story. Stover's narrative voice is one of the most compelling I've ever encountered, and every sentence he writes pulls you deeper into the action and faster towards the resolution.
If you aren't reading these, why aren't you? Go get the first novel, Heroes Die, and start now. You won't be sorry!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book! I love this series! If you are looking for an author who ranks with GRRM or Scott Lynch, You have FOUND HIM. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles
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 5 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 12 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 12 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 18 months ago by Amazon Customer