Heroes Die: A Fantasy Novel by Matthew Woodring Stover

Heroes Die: A Fantasy Novel

byMatthew Woodring Stover

Kobo ebook | December 9, 2008

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But Caine's no hero. He's an assassin.

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. He is free.

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

Matthew Woodring Stover has created a spectacular, page-turning epic where a Jackal-type assassin maneuvers through a vivid Tolkienesque world. With a plot as driven as its main character and drawn against a setting as vivid as the very best in fantasy, Heroes Die is a brilliant feat of the imagination.

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Title:Heroes Die: A Fantasy NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 9, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345516400

ISBN - 13:9780345516404

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from entertaining gritty and fast paced, this is a great in between book to cleanse the pallet. too bad book 2 blade of tyshalle is out of print ill never be able to continue series. used sellers start at 60$ for a mass paperback in ok condition. publisher should release a run to flood market.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fee-nom-in-all No artsy description here, no literary references as to who this reminds me of and no dragging this on with a wannabe critics ramble... this book is unreal and the rest of the series keeps moving up & up in pace and deeper & deeper in depth... congrats for stumbling upon this... keep going!
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't too sure if the blending of SF and Fantasy would work, but I believe it did. I found the depiction of the contrasting cultures of the two parallel Earths (one very hi-tech and socially stratified vs one magical and not as socially rigid) very interesting. The differences between the two are highlighted by the main character, a virtual slave in the entertainment industry who travels to the other to act in adventure stories. In his world, he has a very narrowly defined place in society; in the magic parallel, he is a man of legend, feared by enemies, and admired by those who follow his ideal. I would recommend this book, it's a very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2007-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not exactly "Good vs. Evil" Stover has created a wonderfully imaginative story where the characters come alive from the very first page. Although the adventure is fantastic and so exciting that you can barely stand to put the book down, the prize of the story is the characters. Caine, Ma'elkoth, Pallas Ril, Lamork and all of the others seem more "alive" than many other fantasy stories. In an unusal twist for the genre, the "Good Guys" aren't perfect and the "Bad Guys" aren't all evil. Like the rest of us, they are somewhere in between.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Different Perspective The more I read of this book, the harder it was to put down. It's interesting to see a novel where the conflict isn't a basic good versus evil, but one on a more personal level. The ability of the author to provide an absorbing story on an intellectual level is matched by his ability to provide an adventure that keeps you interested. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2001-05-05