Illinois Authors

The Illinois Center for the Book banner

Matthew Stover

Born: 1962
Pen Name: Matthew Woodring Stover

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fantasy; Fiction; Science Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Matthew Stover on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

ISBN: 0862411653 OCLC: 16805545

Canongate, Edinburgh : 1987, ©1984.

Blade of Tyshalle /
ISBN: 0345421434 OCLC: 49479305

Ballantine Pub. Group, New York : 2002.

Caine black knife
ISBN: 9780345509710 OCLC: 698449548

Del Rey Ballantine Books, New York : [2010]

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.

Caine black knife /
ISBN: 0345455878 OCLC: 191922659

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: 729341625

"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"--

God of war /
ISBN: 034550867X OCLC: 711863660

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.

God of War.
ISBN: 9780857686534 OCLC: 890090000

Titan Books, New York : 2011.

IN THE END THERE WILL BE ONLY CHAOS! Set in the universe of the critically acclaimed God of War franchise, this novel returns us to the dark world of ancient Greek mythology explored in the heart-pounding action of God of War I, the bestselling video game.

  Heart of bronze :
ISBN: 1568657412 OCLC: 40941465

SFBC, [United States] : [1998]

  Heroes die /
ISBN: 0345421450 OCLC: 41633989

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.

Iron dawn /
ISBN: 0451455894 OCLC: 38854780

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: 42304878

Luke Skywalker and the shadows of Mindor
ISBN: 9780099491996 OCLC: 535421294

Arrow, London : 2010.

Revenge of the Sith
ISBN: 1448164184 OCLC: 1004951310

Star Wars :
ISBN: 0553713671 OCLC: 52351422

Random House Audio, New York : ℗2003.

Mace Windu's home plant of Haruun Kal has become the center of a battle between the Republic and the Separatist movement. His former Padawan Depa Billaba has been sent to train a resistance force, but now she has gone missing. A mysterious recording left by Depa depicts a scene of mayhem and murder. It's up to Mace Windu to find out what happened, and to see if a sinister power has gotten a hold of Depa.

Star wars :
ISBN: 0345455746 OCLC: 55030635

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: 57186397

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.

Test of metal /
ISBN: 0786955325 OCLC: 500797205

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.

  Test of Metal :
ISBN: 1299589766 OCLC: 843337608

Wizards of the Coast, 2010.

ISBN: 0058558802 OCLC: 299203212

Del Rey/Ballantine, New York : ©2002.

Traitor /
ISBN: 034542865X OCLC: 50219200

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.