Blade of Tyshalle
On Earth, Hari Michaelson was a superstar. But on Overworld, he was the assassin Caine. Real monarchs lived and died at his hands and entire governments were overthrown - all for the entertainment of millions back on Earth.
But now Hari, stripped of his identity as Caine, must fight his greatest battle: against the powerful corpora ...more
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.
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 ...more
They're both of one piece, but what really blows my mind is the fact that it's not only as good as the first, but it absolutely refuses to back down and aims for something much, much greater. I'm very afraid that I can't come even remotely close to doing a rev ...more
If like me you read Heroes Die and were expecting the same amount of bad assery from Blade of Tyshalle you'd be somewhat disappointed. It's not like the book is terrible but it's so vastly different from what you'd expect after reading the first Act of Caine book.
Although Blade of Tyshalle does have the signature bad ass action sequences that i've come to associate with the series, this book is more philosophical than the first one. You find characters searching for meaning for their ac
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 ...more
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.
Damn shame, considering Heroes Die is 24 carat badassery, and the concept of "Overworld" is amazing.
So, at the end of the day, "Chapter 0" was really promising, it's an account of how Caine came to be, and probably the best part of the book. ...more
I think stover has done a big mistake of including metaphysics with story in this book because clearly he has done a mess of it in this book. I really enjoyed the first book which was full of action from the word go, but this book has people doing disgusting things to each other for the heck of it and metaphysics filler rest o ...more
“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 ...more
Plenty of people love and recommend this book, but I just didn't get it. A shame, too, because I'd bought the whole serie ...more
It was even grimmer than the last, and some scenes really had me flinch. There's a scene for example where a woman is raped and her breast eaten at the same time for scale of how bloody this can get. So it's really another step up, and if you want to avoid such violence, this might not ...more
I appreciate that the focus character isn't a pure hero, but Stover here tried to have it both ways wi ...more
I know there are parts of this story that likely went over my head and will need to be reread at some point to fully comprehend it, and I look forward to the day that I do.
To anyone who enjoys grim dark or darker SFF I highly recommend it as ...more
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 ...more
Well, now I'm going to DNF at 14%, because a) there's no way I'll finish reading even half of it before I'd have to check it out again, and b) I can't imagine continuing as it is. There is so little action. I get excited at the bits of hints of things to come, but they are (apparently) so far off that I just don't care enough to keep sl ...more
"What if it's Hari Michaelson who is the fictional character? What if the middle-aged paraplegic is just a role that Caine plays, so he can get along on Earth?" ...more
Note - It's totally possible to read the first two books of the Acts of Caine and be happy. The main story arc that started in the first book is wrapped up well in this one.
Woot! This book confirms it. I added another author to my favorite list. Despite the parts that are rough and bits that are not that plausible, I loved this book. Part of the story is rather abstract and there's a lot of philosophical tangents that jump around, fly and scream like hyper two yea ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a more ambitious story than that of the ...more
For the first 5-10% of the book, it's actually a pretty good tale of the Conservatory days of Hari Michaelson and Kris Hanson, offering an interesting glimpse into Actor training ...more
At the beginning we find Hari Michaelson as a well-off administrator who is trying to cope with his disability resulting from his spine being severed by the sword Kosall at the hand of his arch enemy Berne. Some seven years after the events in the first book, Hari lives with his wife Shanna and her daughter Faith, who share the connection w ...more
Other books in the series
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.”