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Book 4 of 4 in the Acts of Caine Series

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Praise for Caine's Law
"Getting Caine's Law made me feel like a kid on Christmas Day -- where Santa was the toughest, smartest, meanest SOB you could imagine, and he had a huge damn knife. Best. Holidays. EVER."--John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War

“Expect multiple plot threads that loop wildly and unpredictably between past and present, expletive-laden dialogue, havoc, torture and mass destruction. For starters.  [Caine's Law is] brutal, witty, insightful, addictive, frequently baffling and altogether astonishing.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Through character moments of mirth and despair, to scenes of awe struck power and emotion, this book is intellectually and emotionally powerful. This novel is beyond entertainment, but it’s also entertaining. I loved it. What more is there to say? If you’re looking for a serious series to dig into, this one is deserving of your attention. Follow it through, and Caine’s Law will not disappoint."--Roqoo Depot

"Easily one of my favorite novels of 2012."--SFF World

Praise for Matthew Stover’s Caine series
 
"Matthew Woodring Stover's 'Acts of Caine' series is hands down one of the most bad-ass, brutal -- and brilliant -- fantasy series of the last double-decade. You know this if you're already reading it. If you're not already reading it, then good lord, it's time you found out."--John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War

“Marvelous . . . Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings.”—Simon R. Green, author of the Nightside 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
 
“Mixes a twisty plot with intense violence and a strong narrative voice.”—Publishers Weekly, on Caine Black Knife

About the Author

Matthew Woodring Stover is the acclaimed author of "Heroes Die," "Iron Dawn," and "Jericho Moon," He is a student of the Degerberg Blend. This jeet kune do concept is a mixture of approximately twenty-five different fighting arts from around the world and forms the basis for Caine's combat style in the novels. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with artist and writer Robyn Fielder.

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Product Details

  • Series: Acts of Caine: Act of Atonement, Book 2
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345455894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345455895
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terrell T. Gibbs on April 16, 2012
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Seriously, I don't understand why Matthew Stover isn't famous. This is the guy who has taken sword & sorcery to the next level, combining the atmosphere and action of RE Howard, the plotting of ER Burroughs, and the subtlety and modern sensibility of Moorcock. Why is he putting food on the table writing Star Wars novelizations instead of working on the screenplay for the latest big-screen Caine epic starring somebody like Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, or Daniel Craig?

Be that as it may, Stover is still doing original work, and "Caine's Law" is yet another triumph for Stover. The "Acts of Caine" series started out strong with "Heroes Die" and has just built with every installment (although to be fair, while the first two books in the series stood very well alone, "Caine Black Knife" and "Caine's Law" feel like two halves to a single novel). Caine Black Knife dispensed with linear time, cutting back and forth between "mature" Caine and Caine at the beginning of his career. Stover is like a juggler, who keeps adding one more spinning plate, right up until the moment when he seems to lose it and they are all coming crashing to the floor--only to somehow pull of a conclusion conclusion that seems both elegant and inevitable. I think, with this novel, that he has managed to bring the story of Caine to such a conclusion--although it wouldn't surprise me if he some day comes up with a way to up the ante yet again.

Readers new to Stover's work should begin with "Heroes Die" to get the full impact of the series. Fortunately, second and long out-of-print book in the series, "Blade of Tyshalle," is now available for Kindle, (although a physical copy will cost you a pretty penny even used, unless you are lucky enough to find it new on the shelf of a bookstore as I did a few years back).
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To say I'm a big fan of Matthew Stover's Acts of Caine series may be to understate the case. When I read Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle (the first two books in the series and the Acts of Violence and War, respectively) a dozen years or so ago, they had a profound influence both on my life and on the course my reading would take over the following decade or so. And so it was that I was extremely excited when Caine Black Knife, the first half of the Act of Atonement, was finally released in 2008. And, like a number of fans, I was entertained by that volume but also a bit disappointed. While action-packed, it often lacked the intensity, the scale, and the escalation of stakes that had helped make the first two books so gripping. Further, it featured few of the recurring characters that fans have come to love, and more, being only the first part of an Act, its cliffhanger conclusion was a bit unsatisfying -- all the more so considering the insanely epic finales of both previous books. So when Caine's Law, the conclusion to the Act of Atonement and possibly the final novel in the series, was released, I was both excited and a bit anxious.

I should have trusted Stover. This novel is more than a return to form after Caine Black Knife: it's a magnificent novel, on par with the first two books in the series.
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As always, Stover delivers something unexpected.

This wasn't the book I had anticipated after finishing Caine Black Knife. The groundwork laid during that book had led me to expect something similar to Blade of Tyshalle for the follow up. While CL matches BOT in breadth, depth and complexity, it is an entirely different sort of book altogether and I can only admire Stover for the vision to conceive of such a move and the talent to make it work.

The themes of this book and DBK was not the battle against insurmountable odds (which BOT already covered) but finding resolution and some kind of peace. Stover could well have tried writing a bigger, badder BOT, but I respect the route he chose.

It was a deep book, but it lacked the intensity of HD and BOT. From the beginning, I hadn't the slightest doubt that Caine would pull through and come out on top. Gone were the last minute alterations in plan that featured in HD and BOT when Caine had to improvise to counter his foes.

Still I can't count those as faults. The book was exactly what Stover wanted it to be and for that, it's worthy of five stars. While BOT remains my favorite of the Acts of Caine, CL is an extraordinary book and worthy of several re-reads.
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Caine's Law, follow up to Caine Black Knife, was a much different book than I anticipated. Whereas Caine Black Knife was an action-packed thriller, Law is something deeper, more methodical. Stover continues to use sci-fi and fantasy tropes brilliantly, and with his normal savage prose; however, Law presents the reader with a scenario that reminded me more of Dune mixed with Altered Carbon. Due to the non-liner nature of Law, the book can be difficult to follow. In addition, the action sequences in Law seem fewer and further spaced out than Black Knife. That said, Law has an exceptionally satisfying after-taste. I find myself rolling the various chapters around, digesting each scene in relation to those around it and in other books in the Caine series with an almost reverent glee.

The masterpiece of Stover's narrative in Law is not to be taken lightly, but is much more rewarding than the common fare we get these days.
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