Blade of Tyshalle : Acts of Caine

  • by Matthew Stover
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: Acts of Caine
  • 31 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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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.


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- Daniel

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.

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- Alcairha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios