Caine Black Knife
By Matthew Stover
(Del Rey, Paperback, 9780345455871, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
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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 peer, a living legend born from one of the highest-rated reality shows ever made. That season, Caine almost single-handedly defeated–and all but exterminated–the fiercest of all tribes: the Black Knives. But the shocking truth of what really took place during that blood-drenched adventure has never been revealed . . . until now.
Thirty years later, Caine returns to the scene of his greatest triumph–some would say greatest crime–at the request of his adopted brother Orbek, the last of the true Black Knives. But where Caine goes, danger follows, and he soon finds himself back in familiar territory: fighting for his life against impossible odds, with the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance.
Just the way Caine likes it.
“Stover has conjured up a future out of the darkest dreams of Philip K. Dick. . . . The wildest sword and sorcery adventuring since Robert E. Howard’s mighty Cimmerian laid down his sword.”
–Christopher Rowley, author of the Bazil Broketail 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
“Marvelous . . . Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings.”
–Simon R. Green, author of The Unnatural Inquirer, on Heroes Die