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Caine Black Knife
     

Caine Black Knife

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by Matthew Stover
 

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In Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle, Matthew Stover created a new kind of fantasy novel, and a new kind of hero to go with it: Caine, a street thug turned superstar, battling in a future where reality shows take place in another dimension, on a world where magic exists and gods are up close and personal. In that beautiful, savage land, Caine is an assassin without

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Caine Black Knife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Rajun008 More than 1 year ago
Caine Blackknife is part of the "Acts of Caine" series, written by Matthew Stover. Before you read this book, you MUST read Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle first. Otherwise, you'll be confused about characters, places, events, pretty much the whole book. This book brings up a lot that the author assumes you know by know, so if you haven't gotten into the series yet, this is not a book for you. If you have already read the previous two installments, however, you will fall head over heals for this one. The book begins with Caine travelling to get his adopted ogrillo brother, Orbek Blackknife, out of trouble with a group called the Knights of Khyrl. Sounds simple, but quickly evolves into a labyrinth of confusion, plotting, and chaos. Orbek had been associating with the Smoke Hunt, a clan of orgrillos trying to break free from the oppressive rule of the Knights. Caine is brought in because the Smoke Hunt is using markings similar to that of the Black Knifes, an orgrillo clan that Caine had personally decimated. The Knights want Caine to destroy the Smoke Hunt like he did with the Black Knives. Interwoven in the normal plot are flashbacks that allow the reader to understand the events of the Black Knife massacre and show how Caine was able to rise to the #1 actor in the world. As with the rest of the series, Stover makes sure that all combat and fighting scenes are well described and entirely plausible. The immersion of the book allows the reader to visualize every gunshot, punch, and throw. The characters are still amazingly well writen, with several fan favorites (t'Passe! YEAAAAA!!!!!) making a re-appearance. It's an amazing book, but like all great things, it comes with caveats. First, as I mentioned above, the book is part of a series. It starts off expecting that you know the background, and ends with an obvious, but highly amusing, tie-in to a sequel. If you want stand-alone stories, this is not the book for you. Second, the language and graphic nature of this book is astounding. F-bombs are liberally sprinkled throughout the book, along with s-words and other swears. Also as explicit is the violence. Stover truly tries to create a level of gore in some scenes that sound like a deleted scene from a Hostel movie. For the squemish and easily offended, again, this is not the book, series, or even the AUTHOR for you. But even with all of that, even despite the violence, language, and demand of pre-reading study, the one saving grace of this book is its originality. It is impossible to find any other fantasy book like this, with its brilliant discussions of religion, philosophy, etc. It also takes time to make sure the characters actually seem like real people with gray moral areas, instead of the usual good vs. evil banality that plauges the fantasy genre. So my final verdict: Read this book. Read this series. Embrace one of the greatest authors of the fanasy genre and enjoy his twisted characters and world. You will never, ever, EVER experience anything like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This entire series is criminally under rated. If you like sci-fi at all, you owe it to yourself to read these books. This is my favorite series of books. Period.
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