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Blade of Tyshalle: The Second of the Acts of Caine | [Matthew Stover]

Blade of Tyshalle: The Second of the Acts of Caine

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 corporate masters of Earth and the faceless masses who are killing everything he loves.
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Publisher's Summary

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 corporate masters of Earth and the faceless masses who are killing everything he loves. Enemies old and new array themselves against him. And Hari is just one man - alone, half-crippled, powerless. They say he doesn't have a chance. They are wrong.

©2001 Matthew Woodring Stover (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings.... A marvelous conspiracy thriller of worlds within worlds, where no one is necessarily who or what they seem." (Simon R. Green)

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    Daniel grand rapids, MI, United States 05-07-13
    Daniel grand rapids, MI, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Why the bad reviews?"
    Would you listen to Blade of Tyshalle again? Why?

    Yes, and I have many times already. This is a fantastic book, it evolves the characters unlike anything you could expect and lets them develop as you read. It gives you every emotion, from happiness to sadness and back again.

    I find it baffling that people reviewing this book haven't even FINISHED it, how can you truly review a book if you haven't read the whole thing? Makes no sense.

    This book evolves so much that the end is imperative to the reader. Yes this book can have some rough spots throughout, but having read it 10+ times I cannot think of a point that isn't important TO THE SERIES not just this book. This is book 2 of 4 and SO many things from this book are so important in both book 3 and 4 that don't seem important at all to this book it is astonishing.

    If all 4 books were one book these complaints people are making wouldn't even exist because it would be fluid, but that is not how series work.

    Read the whole thing before you try to judge.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blade of Tyshalle?

    When Caine learns is in the dungeon.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    By far the best reader I have heard


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, beyond a doubt.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg RICHMOND, KY, United States 02-01-12
    Greg RICHMOND, KY, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Masterpiece from a masterful author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blade of Tyshalle to be better than the print version?

    I was first introduced to Matthew Stover over ten years ago, by reading his Star Wars novels. I decided that I'd take a leap and read his Acts of Caine, and they have all rocked my world.

    He is hard hitting, intelligent, violent and profane. Caine is one of the best characters ever created, and i am interested in everything he does.

    Rudnicki has delivered another rock solid performance, but Stover's writing would shine through the worst delivery. Its just awesome.


    What other book might you compare Blade of Tyshalle to and why?

    There is no comparison.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Caine


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, its too long


    Any additional comments?

    Stover rocks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 09-06-12
    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2003

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Unfulfilled Potential"

    I gave a pretty glowing review of the first book, some of which was based on the really clever plot mechanisms and where I could see the series going in the future. I certainly did not expect it to go where this book went. To be honest, I thought it just went... weird. I'm all about sci-fi and fantasy, which is all about weird, but it almost felt like the author was going out of his way to twist things in an unexpected direction. Normally, I love that in a book and really respect an author that can fool me (which was done to a perfect degree in the first book), but in this book, it felt like it was a twist for twist's sake.

    The first book set up a wondrous potential future and the second book felt like the final book in a long series where the author is trying to wrap up all the loose ends. The first part of the book is actually better than the second part. Although I didn't love this book, nor the second part in particular, it has some dialog and personal insights that are pure genius. I've certainly read much worse books, and maybe I am being harsh because of the awesome potential I saw in the first one.

    Yes, I will listen to the next book because Matthew Stover is really good and I really want it to be better. I also see that he is releasing a comic book series called OverWorld, I'll also need to check that out :)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-14-14
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-14-14
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    "Repetitive, Tedious, and Way Too Long"
    Any additional comments?

    How many times do I need to read about the "never ending rape" of an 8 year old girl. How many times do I need to I need to hear about the way poop smells? How many times do I need to listen to how Caine wishes he was dead?

    I really enjoyed the first book ion this series. I thought it was original,exciting, and provocative. Which is way I am so disappointed with this book. his book drags on and on. It reputes itself over and over, beating you over the head with how bad things are. It just gets old after awhile. I stopped caring about any of the character after the 100th time I had to hear about how sorry they felt for themselves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jason Lake Hughes, CA, United States 09-19-13
    jason Lake Hughes, CA, United States 09-19-13
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    "Powerfull book that should be considered a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Blade of Tyshalle the most enjoyable?

    The fact that the experience was so satisfying and unique at the same time. This series should be considered one of the top 10 fantasy series of all time


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blade of Tyshalle?

    Caine in the Pit


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Caine in the Pit


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book makes you think upon the inequalities in today's society.


    Any additional comments?

    Audiable is one of the few places you can get this normally out of print book! take the leap and read the acts of caine!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leesdottir santa rosa, ca United States 09-12-13
    Leesdottir santa rosa, ca United States 09-12-13
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    "Barely made it through the first one."
    Would you try another book from Matthew Stover and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Perhaps


    What could Matthew Stover have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Half the length.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator was lovely, always is. Just a poor choice on my behalf.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blade of Tyshalle?

    About half the "character insights". And most of the whining.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 03-22-13
    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Depressing, disappointing sequel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved loved loved Heroes Die, but I couldn't stomach this book. It was unrelentingly depressing and brutal. If he had only lightened it up a little bit and left out the unnecessary scenes of torture, that do nothing to further the story. I particularly hated the cannibalism and the sexual arousal of every evil doer at the time of committing acts of violence.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Stover again?

    Probably. He is a great writer and story teller, but I would like to put some Prozac in his corn flakes and have him rewrite this book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I couldn't get through it. the only good part was that he finally got rid of Pallas Ril, my least favorite character. I finally quit when I realized that I had to force myself to turn it on.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly disgust and depression


    Any additional comments?

    i understand about spinal cord injury, but nowhere in this book (at least as far as I got) was there a point where Caine/Hari comes to terms with his disability and moves past it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg S HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA, US 12-01-12
    Gregg S HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA, US 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Meandering Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book truly has many introspective moments. Matthew Stover became over-indulgent in his writing style, and the book needed a good editor.


    If you’ve listened to books by Matthew Stover before, how does this one compare?

    Heroes Die was very unique, which I loved, and which prompted me to purchase this book.
    The second book was dissappointing and I probably will not purchase the 3rd book.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    The main character is as interesting as it gets. Stefan was fantastic in the reading.


    Could you see Blade of Tyshalle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't see it the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I would probably try other Stover books in the future. Also the publishing company got greedy by trying to split the 3rd book into 2 books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 05-21-12
    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 05-21-12

    yufasa

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    "In desperate need to be abridged"

    I rather enjoyed the first book, but this one disappointed.
    The story line is OK, but the monologue is so bad that I find myself tuning out from time to time.
    If you want a time filler this is for you, but if you want a page turner...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. M. Edwards
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    "The evil of humanity."

    How do you follow up a book like Heroes Die?

    If you are Matthew Stover, you set the philosophy to 11, the action (at least for the first 3/4 of the book) to 2, and throw out the sequel rulebook.

    I've made this an especially difficult review for myself, as I don't want to spoil a single thing about what takes place in either of the books as I tend to read reviews for later books in a series to see if they are worth investing in. So, the quick review is: very very good, get them both.

    Long review:
    To begin with, I'll say that the first 4/5s of Blade of Tyshalle is a very different beast to Heroes Die. It has a cloying, suffocating atmosphere that builds palpably as you progress through the book. You are never sure what is going to happen and how actions will pan out (which is one of the main themes of the book - the butterfly effect). As such, it can be very overpowering, especially with the many unpleasant things that happen to people trying to do the right thing.
    Then you get to the last fifth of the book which escalates things dramatically - action set pieces and emotional turmoil are thrown around with gusto, all the while building to a conclusion that neatly dots the 'i's and cross the 't's.
    To me, the thing that stands out most is Hari's character arc, especially the way he comes to terms with who he is and what has happened to him - it is astonishingly powerful stuff. Also note that threads from the first book are picked up and either expanded upon (i.e. black shell) or explained (the Social police and caste system).
    This is a superb book that expands on the first in every way, subverting what you expect and what you want. Highly recommended.
    As a side note I noticed that there was a lot of material in this book that seemed to resonate with the 2nd and 3rd Matrix films, which is fine, except for the fact that the Blade of Tyshalle book was published 2 years before The Matrix Reloaded movie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms M. Cowell
    London, UK
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    "Caine Rocks!"

    As a follow up novel, some authors flag in terms of the pace and lack of development of the story, this is not that kind of book. The pace is similar to the first book, the development of the main characters continue, whilst adding more insight into their stories. I loved this book as no matter how bad things got, I could still root for Caine to overcome the situation. I am still in love with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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