Book 1 of The Acts of Caine
By Matthew Stover
From a New York Times bestselling author comes the start of a gritty action fantasy series like no other. Welcome to the world of Caine: Assassin. Hero. Superstar . . .
Two worlds. One killer.
Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana, the assassin Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, the best at what he does.
At home in the real world, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions. Yet he's 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.
But now Michaelson has crossed the line. His estranged wife has 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.
Welcome to the world of Caine: Assassin. Hero. Superstar . . .
From a New York Times bestselling author comes the start of a gritty action fantasy series like no other - perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, Mark Lawrence and the Assassin's Creed novels.
'A gritty, bloody, deeply touching work of genius' - Scott Lynch
'Hands down one of the most bad-ass, brutal - and brilliant - fantasy series of the last double-decade. You know this if you're already reading it. If you're not already reading it, then good lord, it's time you found out - John Scalzi
'If you like really really gritty, dark fantasy like George RR Martin, Richard Morgan (Takashi Kovaks books) or ESPECIALLY Joe Abercrombie, you should get this book' - Felicia Day
Matthew Stover is a New York Times bestselling American author whose books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in an undisclosed location and his hobbies include studying arcane martial arts and competitive drinking.
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27 May 2013
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A gritty, bloody, deeply touching work of genius — Scott Lynch
A heaping plate of kickass kickassery with a side of kickass sauce . . . Caine himself was a perfect anti-hero: tough, smart and ready to take part in a series of truly excellent action sequences, set in a world that's half science fiction, half fantasy and all brilliantly conceived and pulled off — John Scalzi
THIS WAS FANTASTIC! . . . If you like really really gritty, dark fantasy like George RR Martin, Richard Morgan (Takashi Kovaks books) or ESPECIALLY Joe Abercrombie, you should get this book — Felicia Day
Marvelous . . . Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings — Simon R. Green
A masterpiece of the genre . . . Heroes Die is a novel that you won't regret reading and will leave you salivating for the next installment in the series, Blade of Tyshalle — FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
An explosive and action-packed novel which explores its premise and characters intelligently, develops the plot and themes with skill and then finishes on a high — WERTZONE