Acts of Caine

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880 ratings

Heroes Die Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013

Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does.

At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions. Yet he is shackled by a rigid caste society, bound to ignore the grim fact that he kills men on a far-off world for the entertainment of his own planet - and bound to keep his rage in check.

But now Michaelson has crossed the line. His estranged wife, Pallas Rill, has mysteriously disappeared in the slums of Ankhana. To save her, he must confront the greatest challenge of his life: a lethal game of cat and mouse with the most treacherous rulers of two worlds.

©1998 Matthew Woodring Stover (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Heroes Die

    • The First of the Acts of Caine
    • By: Matthew Stover
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 935
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 854
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 854

    Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Finally, an epic worthy of Stefan Rudnicki

    • By Douglas E. Noll on 02-04-12

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 2

    • Blade of Tyshalle

    • The Second of the Acts of Caine
    • By: Matthew Stover
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 31 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 403

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why the bad reviews?

    • By Daniel on 05-07-13

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 3

    • Caine Black Knife

    • The Third of the Acts of Caine (Act of Atonement, Book One)
    • By: Matthew Stover
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a finished piece

    • By Arthur on 03-05-12

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Caine’s Law

    • The Third of the Acts of Caine (Act of Atonement, Book Two)
    • By: Matthew Stover
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    Caine is washed up and hung out to dry, a crippled husk kept isolated and restrained by the studio that exploited him. Now they have dragged him back for one last deal. But Caine has other plans. Those plans take him back to Overworld, the alternate reality where gods are real and magic is the ultimate weapon. There, in a violent odyssey through time and space, Caine will face the demons of his past, find true love, and just possibly destroy the universe. Hey, it’s a crappy job, but somebody’s got to do it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The pinnacle of Caine

    • By Greg on 04-26-12

    Regular price: $24.95