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Blade of Tyshalle (The Acts of Caine #2)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,512 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Twenty-seven years ago, they said Hari Michaelson didn't have a chance. He was just a loser, a street criminal from a disgraced family. He'd never make anything of himself. They were wrong. He made himself into Caine: Killer. Superstar. Hero . . .


Six years ago, Ma'elkoth--a god of Overworld--held Pallas Ril in his merciless grip. Earth's ruling elite w
ebook, 832 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Del Rey (first published 2001)
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If Superman, the Boogeyman, Darth Vader, Conan the Barbarian and Sauron all ganged up to fight Hari “Caine” Michelson...not only would Caine WIN, but none of his attackers would even make it to the after party.

It’s simplyhow it is...Period.No debate, no equivocation, no qualification, no margin for error.

Caine is the mythago-like archetype of indomitably-willed, carnage-causing, badass kickassery. A take-no-prisoners, leave you battered, bloody and beaten force of destruction.

I got a Kindle last year and guess what was my first purchase? You guessed it, Atlas Shrugged! Okay, no, it was this one, Blade of Tyshalle. I was looking forward to it, but it's all but impossible to get in paper form unless you want to pay out the nose. And 10 months is surprisingly a good time for a book I bought to finally make it to my "currently reading" pile.

Because I had such a long wait time between this book and the first in the Acts of Caine, Heroes Die, I had lots of time to read rev

Tyshalle Deathgod is also called the Limiter, and the Divider. Tyshalle himself is the energy of change; he is the outer darkness beyond the edges of organized reality. That's why he's the God of Death: death is the primary change. The big one. Change is, itself, the structure of experience. Think about it: The absence of change is stasis - which is also the absence of experience. Experience is reality. That's what reality is to us; no more, no less. Reality is change. That's all it is. The Bla
Mike (the Paladin)
This is one of a few books I've finished lately that I find a bit hard to rate and even hard to describe. First this book has significant flaws that weren't present (or at least weren't as present) in the first volume of this "series" Heroes Die. So...I'm going to say some slightly negative things about the book AND I'm going to be giving some significant warnings about it. Still please note that I have settled on a 4 star rating. Some books do transcend an "I like it" or "I don't like it" revie ...more
5 Stars

“AND EACH HAD his own role to play: the crooked knight defended the part-time goddess; the part-time goddess served the land; the acolytes of dust and ashes fed their master’s hunger.
The dark angel made war.
He answered the call of the crooked knight; he used the part-time goddess to work his will; he named the god of dust and ashes his enemy.”

Blade of Tyshalle is one freaking awesome dark fantasy read that continues the story of the hero Caine/Hari, that some may deem the baddest ass good
Two things to say about this:

1) I loved reading a character that was incapable of doing many of the things you expect a character in a fantasy book to do.

2) WTF? I feel like Stover was trying to be a little too clever. The villain, if you can call it a villain, is almost impossible to conceptualize. I found myself constantly rereading passages and being no clearer on what happened than I was the first time through. The fun that the first Caine novel had is almost completely gone.
Troy G
This book has been described as better than its prequel "Heroes Die". It may be. But since I read "Heroes Die" first, it felt like much of this book was a retread. The pace of "Heroes Die" was so fast that it didn't leave me room to stop and question plot points, or inconsistencies in the world. With "The Blade of Tyshalle" because I was more familiar with the world I started questioning things.

I appreciate that the focus character isn't a pure hero, but Stover here tried to have it both ways wi
The book opens with a bit of a prequel about Hari's time at the Actor's training academy. Then we catch up with his more recent life, working as the San Fransisco studio head after the events of Heroes Die. When one of his actors is kidnapped, Hari is shown the disastrous consequences of a plot to control Overworld's resources. When he insists on taking action, the forces that oppose him set him on a path back to Overworld and his alter-ego, Caine.

This is a more ambitious story than that of the
Roger Eschbacher
The second book of Matthew Stover's "Caine" series, "Blade of Tyshalle" is equally as entertaining and well-written as "Heroes Die". This time around Hari must deal with an even more potent array of foes, both old and new, who have conspired to completely, and I do mean COMPLETELY ruin his life and those of the ones he loves. Their collective goal is to break Caine and make him suffer to the point of despair before killing him. If they were dealing with an ordinary man they might be justified in ...more
Believe it or not, this book has actually helped me in my job as a mentor to teens in a mental health facility. I use the quotes "keep your head down and inch towards daylight" and "we are the sum of our scars" at least once a week to show how determination and hard work can help achieve goals, and that you never "get over" bad things that shape you as a person.

For an actual book review, here's this: I love the concept of a world we routinely invade for entertainment. I love the dark gritty vio
This book was just as good as the first in the series. It is brutal, engaging, and one of the most exciting speculative fiction reads of all time. I didn't give it a 5/5 rating because sometimes it had a little too much violence for my tastes, but I will definitely be reading the third book in the series when I get the time.
Neil Gaiman, in Stories: All-New Tales says that the four most important words when it comes to story are "And then what happened?" I rate this book three stars not because I liked it, according to the Goodreads rubric, but because if I could I would rate it both five stars and yet just one. There is a whole chapter dedicated to Caine's memories of various scents of shit he has smelled, over the years. The chapter before it? It was about shit, also. With a side of gangrene and sexual extortion. ...more
warning: Spoilers ahead.

As I read the book, I was struck by how many recent SciFi movies have dealt with similar themes.

Like the Matrix: we are introduced to a sentient entity which controls humanity. The difference here is that instead of an alien, the entity is just a manifestation of our greed and the damage we are doing to the planet.

Like Avatar, here too, Earth has run out of resources and enterprising corporations decide to start mining other planets: displacing its current inhabitants fo
Христо Блажев
Една планета не е достатъчна…:

Пробих! Когато забия в някоя мащабна книга, колкото и да е добра, това започва да ми тежи, да ме напряга – дори любимите “Доброжелателните” на Джонатан Лител и “Шантарам” на Грегъри Дейвид Робъртс трябваше да оставям за по няколко дни настрана, сега същото се случи и с “Острието на Тишал” на Матю Удринг Стоувър. Просто този текст не може да бъде преброден бързо и с лекота – спрямо първата част, “Героите умират” (вижте текста
Jacqueline Wagenstein
„Острието на Тишал“, книга 2 от култовата поредица на Матю Стоувър, отново ни пренася в Отвъдие – един свят на магия, храбри битки и фантастични създания. Спомняте си Каин, Острието на Тишал, страховит убиец на владетели и благородници, злодеи и герои, който в родния си свят е суперзвездата Хари Майкълсън. Преди шест години Ма’елКот – бог на Отвъдие – задържа Палас Рил в безмилостната си хватка и Каин се закле да я спаси. Сега Хари Майкълсън е единственият човек, който стои между бездушните корп ...more
Sandra Grauschopf
As a follow-up to the absolutely outstanding "Heroes Die", I found "Blade of Tyshalle" to be disappointing. In attempting to be about huge issues like the clashes of gods, it lost its human element, and thus, much of its interest. It's a worthwhile read, but a big step down from "Heroes Die."
Chris Hawks

The sequel to "Heroes Die", "Blade of Tyshalle" takes place seven years later, and everything about it is double what its predecessor was: Hari's opponents, both on Earth and Overworld, are bigger and more terrifying; the depths to which the protagonists fall are lower, the stakes higher. The plot is twice as convoluted. As unthinkable as it seems, the violence is cranked up a couple of notches -- reaching the point of distrubing, at times. And the philoso
Hari finds himself in a comfortable failure. His life after his last adventure doesn't seem to have given him much happiness. And even though he "got the girl" and saved the world and was promoted to Administrator, his life isn't peachy and a happily ever after. On the contrary, it's pretty crappy the way he still fights with Shanna, the falling worth of the Studio under his administration, and especially his useless legs that makes him incapable of even being remotely similar to Caine - and he ...more
Apr 25, 2009 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like awesomeful novels (and don't mind gratuitous violence and/or sci-fi)
One of the great modern fantasy novels, Blade of Tyshalle shines incandescently above the rest. Powerful, triumphant, literary, speculative, gory, gripping--plug in your book-cover review quotes, for this one deserves them all. 800 pages of pure awesomeness, Stover's Caine shines even more in the face of complementary characters far better than those in the previous Caine novel, Heroes Die. A couple 20-page sections in particular are some of the best I've ever read.

And he thinks the eventual se
Stover’s kickass Caine character, who we first heard about in Heroes Die, returns in this thriller- and boy am I happy he does! To explain the scope of Stover’s encompassing science fantasy worldbuilding would take too long here, so a quick recap:
- On Earth, Caine is really Hari Michaelson, an Actor- turned- Administrator who made his acting career on Overworld, an alternate Earth-type world;
- Other Actors, like Caine, have gone to Overworld in secret, seeking adventure and using a kind of virtu
Hard book to review and rate. Heroes Die was a brutal, action packed, punch in the gut roller coaster ride that was completely unrelenting.

Blade, not so much, in fact a completely different proposition. It was more thought provoking than action packed, more a drive through the country than a roller coaster ride. Apart from the underlying brutality that persists in Heroes Die this book is a completely different read.

Personally, whilst I like that authors prose and action passages I don't like his
Radi Radev
Чели ли сте "Рамбо" от Дейвид Морел? Главният герой в "Острието на Тишал" донякъде прилича на него. Само, че Рамбо е трениран, обучен, превърнат в машина за убиване и едва тогава е изпратен на бойното поле. Докато Хари Майкълсън от осемгодишен е започнал да се бие до смърт просто за да оцелее.
Марк Вило от кастата на Бизнесмените е забелязал вроденият талант на Хари да оцелява и най-вече да се наслаждава, когато наранява противниците си по време на схватка. Вило поема разходите по обучението на М
Мирела Стефанова
Представете си вселена, която така и не е решила дали да бъде фантастика или фентъзи. Представихте ли си? Значи сте попаднали в света на “Острието на Тишал”. Мрачно бъдеще на нашата планета, в което практически цялото човечество се намира в робска зависимост от висшата класа на богатите, управляващи масите благодарение на фантастично риалити-шоу, което се провежда в паралелен свят. Мрачна антиутопия, която напълно може да се превърне в ужасна действителност сред няколкостотин години. И самият п ...more
Timothy Olthorn
"A tale is told of twin boys, born to different mothers.'

One of, if not THE, best book(s) I have ever read. I can't think of an author who can match Stover's prose.

In this book, we revisit Hari Michaelson, 7 years after winning the day in Heroes Die. He's together with Shanna again, has a daughter called Faith, is an Administrator, and is also crippled below the waist. He isn't Caine anymore. But when an impressive pantheon of enemies array themselves against him, seeking to destroy him and eve
Monica Deal
Blade of Tyshalle continues the story of Hari Michaelson, aka Caine, as the now-crippled San Francisco Studio Administrator, and it's a wild ride. Not exactly an entertaining ride, but it is definitely wild.

Moreso than Heroes Die, this book explores themes of theology and philosophy, of identity and self, and tackles existential problems no less grand than the very meaning of life. In contrast with the overt physically and sexually violent overtones of much of the narrative, the book manages to
James Oliver
If you take a look at the wall over there, you will see a rather disconcerting stain. That is where my expectations ended up when The Blade of Tyshalle was through with them. This is probably the book you stumbled into after finishing Caine, so it is reasonable that you might expect more vulgarity and violence and maybe even a closer look at the interesting setting. More of the same should be assured... I mean, everyone loved Heroes Die, right? A winning formula!

And we do get more violence and m
3.5 stars

This book alternated between being absolutely amazing and boring me to the point where I wanted to stop reading. I loved Heroes Die, but the sequel definitely has a different flavor to it. While there are many excellent Caine moments, the pacing is much slower and there is a lot more in the way of philosophical ramblings and symbolic vignettes.

What I liked:
1. I absolutely LOVED the first section of the book, which is a prequel of Hari when he is first training to be an actor. It really
Nicholas Barone
Spectacular. Stover's first Caine novel (Heroes Die) is nearly a perfect story. It wraps up so well that a sequel didn't seem likely, or necessary. Given that a sequel has been written, it still doesn't seem possible that it would be able to live up to the standard set by its predecessor.

It does.

Anyone who has read and loved Heroes Die will absolutely love the Blade of Tyshalle.
Ralica Ivanova
Следобяд дочетох Острието на Тишал на Матю Удринг Стоувър и от няколко часа се чудя какво да напиша за книгата. Страшно харесах първата част Героите умират и когато започнах Острието очаквах същото действие и бързо развитие на сюжета. Е да, ама не! Началото беше супер бавно, на места скучно и ако книгата не ми беше препоръчана от приятелка, на която безрезервно вярвам нямаше да я дочета. И добре че не се отказах защото след първите 150 страници стана леле-мале! Много динамика и силни чувства. На ...more
Dave Wagner
OK, I'm really wrestling with my thoughts on this book. The characters are strong and fairly-well presented. The action is meaty and satisfying. It's a dark and gritty tale, full of violence, bloodshed, and gruesomeness... too much, really. But what really stands out to me is that relentless philosophizing. In fact, Adam Whitehead of Wertzone stated it perfectly when he said this book is "an outright philosophical assault on the senses." Whereas Adam viewed that in a positive way, I feel it real ...more
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Matthew Woodring Stover is an American fantasy and science fiction author. He is perhaps best known for his Star Wars novels -- Traitor, Shatterpoint, Revenge of the Sith and Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. 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'. ...more
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The Acts of Caine (4 books)
  • Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine, #1)
  • Caine Black Knife (The Acts of Caine, #3)
  • Caine's Law (The Acts of Caine, #4)
Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars, #3) Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine, #1) Traitor (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #13) Shatterpoint (Star Wars: Clone Wars, #1) Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor (Star Wars)

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“A tale is told of twin boys born to different mothers.
One is dark by nature, the other light. One is rich, the other poor. One is harsh, the other gentle. One is forever youthful, the other old before his time.
One is mortal.
They share no bond of blood or sympathy, but they are twins nonetheless.
They each live without ever knowing that they are brothers.
They each die fighting the blind god.”
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