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Caine's Law (Acts of Caine: Act of Atonement, Book 2) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked his first 2 books better, his writing was bold and philosophic. These last 2 are reprisals of the characters, trying to hit checkboxes and connect dots that don't make... Read morePublished 13 days ago by A. Crow
This book is horrible just look at the author's note in the beginning of the book:
"Several parts of this story take place before the events depicted in Act of... Read more
I absolutely love this series. With so many books in the world, there's hardly time to read books and! But this is one series that I've read three times, it's so good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Laidlaw
Enjoyed the conclusion but the story is super convoluted. I found myself trying to keep up with what was actually happening. That said, more Caine is always a good thing.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Ross
Caine's Law is somewhat more of a philosophical work than previous Caine novels, but no less engaging!Published 2 months ago by Charles
Without a doubt one of my favorite novels. My life is better having read this novel, and every other novel in the Acts of Caine series.Published 6 months ago by Austin Hannigan
I was enjoying the books until all the metaphor stuff started happening. I kept reading hoping it would get back to the old story line that made me get the third book . Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vic Coffenberry
This one gets a bit weird toward the end, in an interesting way for sure, but it is a little different than the other Acts of Caine.Published 12 months ago by mrwhite