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General Information

Name:  Matthew Stover  

Pen Name: Matthew Woodring Stover

Genre: Fantasy Fiction Science Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1962

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Stover graduated from Danville High School in 1979. After graduating from college, he lived in Chicago for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Matthew Stover is a fantasy and science fiction novelist. He is perhaps best known for his four Star Wars novels, including the novelization of Revenge of the Sith. He has also written several fantasy novels, including ''Iron Dawn'' and ''Jericho Moon''. He has written three science-fiction/fantasy hybrid stories featuring a hero named Caine: ''Heroes Die'', ''Blade of Tyshalle'',and ''Caine Black Knife''.Stover currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Published Works

    Barra & Co.
  • Iron Dawn, Signet, 1997
  • Jericho Moon, Roc, 1998The Acts of Caine
  • Heroes Die: Act of Violence, Del Ray, 1997
  • Blade of Tyshalle: Act of War, Del Ray, 2001
  • Caine Black Knife: Act of Atonement, Book One, Del Ray, 2008
  • Caine's Law: Act of Atonement, Book Two, Del Ray, 2012Star Wars
  • Traitor: The New Jedi Order, Del Ray, 2002
  • Shatterpoint: A Clone Wars Novel, Del Ray, 2004
  • Revenge of the Sith, Del Ray, 2005
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, Del Ray, 2008Stand Alone Titles
  • God of War, Del Ray, 2010
  • Test of Metal: A Planeswalker Novel, Wizards of the Coast, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Iron dawn /
ISBN: 0451455894. OCLC Number:

ROC,. New York :. 1998, ©1997.

A story of bravery, redemption, and sorcery shaped destinies and Barra the Pict, and axe-wielding warrior woman involved with a deadly power struggle.

Jericho moon /
ISBN: 0451457587. OCLC Number:

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Heroes die /
ISBN: 0345421450. OCLC Number:

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Rife with magic and adventure, this extraordinarily ambitious fantasy chronicles the adventures of Hari Michaelson--merely a popular actor on Earth, but a renowned and deadly assassin known as Caine, the Blade of Tyshalle, on the planet Overworld.

Blade of Tyshalle /
ISBN: 0345421434. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Pub. Group,. New York :. 2002.

Caine black knife /
ISBN: 0345455878. OCLC Number:

Del Rey Ballantine Books,. New York :. ©2008.

Caine--an otherworld warrior played by professional actor Hari Michaelson in a far-future reality show beamed home to entertain fans on Earth--returns to the Boedecken, the site of the battle that made his career. As he makes his way through the city, encountering spies, warrior-priests and assassins, he also wades through memories of the fight. The political machinations of the present-day story tend to detract from the tight, well-choreographed flashbacks.

Caine's law :
ISBN: 0345455894. OCLC Number:

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"From the moment Caine first appeared in the pages of Heroes Die, two things were clear. First, that Matthew Stover was one of the most gifted fantasy writers of his generation. And second, that Caine was a hero whose peers go by such names as Conan and Elric. Like them, Caine was something new: a civilized man who embraced savagery, an actor whose life was a lie, a force of destruction so potent that even gods thought twice about crossing him. Now Stover brings back his greatest creation for his most stunning performance yet. 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"--

Traitor /
ISBN: 034542865X. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2002.

Young Jedi knight Jacen Solo, having survived the capture of Coruscant, finds himself under the care of Vergere, a creature of mystery, power, and uncertain motives, who introduces Jacen to potentially dangerous new ways to use the Force.

Star wars :
ISBN: 0345455746. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2004.

In the first of six novels set during the era of the Clone Wars, Master Mace Windu returns to his Separatist-occupied homeworld to investigate the disappearance of his former Padawan, Depa Billaba, who had been working as an undercover agent, and stumbles upon dark rumors of a massacre deep in the jungle that make him fear that Depa has succumbed to madness or to the dark side.

Star wars, episode III.
ISBN: 0345428838. OCLC Number:

Lucas Books/Del Rey,. New York :. ©2005.

Follows Anakin Skywalker as he struggles with his duty as a Jedi Knight and his role as the secret husband of Senator Padmé Amidala, and chronicles the creation of Darth Vader and the birth of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa.

God of war /
ISBN: 034550867X. OCLC Number:

Del Rey,. New York :. ©2010.

In order to end his servitude to the gods, the warrior Kratos seeks a weapon he can use to kill the god of war, Ares, a quest on which he travels to a mysterious temple and battles legendary monsters and his personal demons.

Test of metal /
ISBN: 0786955325. OCLC Number:

Wizards of the Coast,. Renton, WA :. ©2010.

Tezzeret loses control of the Infinite Consortium and must turn to a former enemy--the dragon Nicol Bolas--for help, but Nicol refuses to assist Tezzeret unless he can locate the secret of etherium, a magical alloy infused with the power of the Blind Eternities.

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