And second, that Caine was a hero whose peers go by such names as Conan and Elric. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. Without giving away too much from this plotless, philosophical final novel, there's more to Caine than his talent for killing. I would still recommend this book though; it still remains a decent read and if you already liked the previous books this one is a must read, if only to have a view on the conclusion of the previous book and the whole series. From the moment Caine first appeared in the pages of Heroes Die, two things were clear. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does.
Stretched to his limit, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be Tamas' estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty will be tested to its limit. I actually like the Heroes Die cover. Matthew Stover's writing is both beautiful and absolutely disgusting at the same time an interesting talent, I may add. Stover's protagonist Caine is more anti- than hero, and his language is realistically larded with profanity, as befits a character who grew up in a violent slum. I love the character of Caine that he has created.
Stefan Rudnicki is really into it he is one of the producers too, is he? In some ways, he'd written himself into a corner with the first three. In theology, apotheosis refers to the idea that an individual has been raised to godlike stature. The whole thing would have been a giant mess — as long as Blade of Tyshalle, but lacking its narrative coherence. Glad that Caine was able to find someone he was happy with. Caine's Law is so much unlike anything I've ever read, even Stover's other stuff. Copyright © 2008 by Matthew Woodring Stover. Fans of Stover will not be disappointed.
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. The plot leaps around a lot between places I love Stover's Acts of Caine series, and I love Caine even more; he's an amazing character, my absolute favourite character in fantasy so far. What more is there to say? I guess part of the point is that when gods start messing with the nature of reality, things get too messy to be comprehensible. Finally, the characters are so well done. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. This is the sort of book where a very clear, action-adventure chapter and few authors do action-adventure as well as Stover can be followed by an interrogation sequence where both captors and captive spend most of their time debating the literary merit of To Kill a Mockingbird. He wants to not need to kill people.
Part of what was so great was seeing all the different versions of Caine Stover gave us and while each one was from a different timeline, the trademarks of his biting and uncompromising personality were on full display. Those plans take him back to Overworld, the alternate reality where gods are real and magic is the ultimate weapon. Now they have dragged him back for one last deal. In retrospect I think this is what may have put me off the two middle entries in the series. Between me and my best friend back in Canada, we have something like eight damn copies of the book. Things happened the way they needed to happen in order to get the ending Stover was looking for, and they happen in no other way.
He wants to be left alone. The horse-witch, in passages of remarkable tenderness, helps Caine begin to understand the turmoil of conflicting impulses and rage that form his soul—and that, contrary to popular belief, what matters is not gods deserving of better people, but that people deserve better gods. As the worst book of the series, I've only read it a couple dozen times. And I do appreciate the direction some of the characters went and even Caine himself, I believe, finally found a balance. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions. He wants to be left alone.
There's no logic or causality to it. Hey, it's a crappy job, but somebody's got to do it. Fear His Anger, and He starts tossing thunderbolts and earthquakes and whatever. This book is set in a shifting universe of temporal anomalies and philosophical epiphany. He has also published several pieces of original work, such as Heroes Die, which Stover described as 'a piece of violent entertainment that is a meditation on violent entertainment'. Jest w nim też sporo pozytywów, szczególnie dba o tych, których kocha, a każdemu kto będzie próbował zrobić im krzywdę jest w stanie zgotować prawdziwe piekło.
This is a real disappointment because Heroes Die was so exceptional and fun! This is really just a collection of short stories stitched together, most have no relation to any sort of plot. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. Heroes Die is essentially about him saving his wife. 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. Not that they're entirely gone, though- no worries. Caine is washed up and hung out to dry, a crippled husk kept isolated and restrained by the studio that exploited him.