Caine a TSR-type hero?!?!? Read more...
Let's see In HD, many of the characters are dualities, and there is much inner struggle, especially with the Actors/Aktirs which is the real person, who they are on Overworld or who they are on Earth.
How much of the book did you read? The characters are REAL, if they were like the TSR characters, you would have a tally of which spells/level they are and would immediately be placed as "good" or "evil." In HD, there really is not good or evil, there are characters who do what suits them best, actions and thoughts they feel and do to meet their ends.very 2 dimensional with Caine akin to one of the "insert name here" cardboard heroes of a Tsr novel.
The characters are driven by their own sense of right, when painted that way, and from each characters POV it's tough to choose sides.
Ultimately, Caine did all the things he did for himself and his love for his wife.
The fight and battle scenes are some of, if not THE best in any book I've read.
The book IS over the top, intentionally.
As for the quote you pulled from me, Caine as Shehzad said is an actor. Also, he is a fighter, a warrior. Fighters (and athletes) have to psych themselves up before each encounter, Stover puts the reader in the head of Caine, like virtually no other author CAN put you in their character's heads, save maybe Martin, John Marco or Robin Hobb.
..still shaking head about the TSR comment...