The Sons of Heaven (The Company #8)
In The Sons of Heaven, the forces gathering to seize power finally move on the Company.
Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax, resurrected Victorian superman, plans for world domination.
The immortal Mendoza makes a desperate bargain to delay him.
Enforcer Budu, assisted by Joseph, enlists an unexpected ally in his plans to free his old warriors and bring judgment on ...more
this closing volume, while interesting in the way that everything taking place in this universe tends to be, bothered me in too many ways to be a favorite. specifically, the fact that Edward totally fucked over Nicholas and Alec, but all Mendoza did was go "oh well what a bastard but oooh i am so in love let's fuck while time traveling" and that ...more
The series, as a whole, is not a masterpiece like 'Fundation' or 'Hyperion' ones. I find it suffers from a 'shallowness' on how immortality is treated. No grand questions are addressed. I don't think any immortal being would just go along for the ride without attempting what mortality precludes. The obstinacy on immortals not being able to cr ...more
There are a lot of vivid characters in SoH.Some of them are cyborgs and some of them have been made immortal. There are even cyborg babies who are reincarnated versions of past lovers of the mother, although ...more
As the story progressed it felt like a huge crescendo was building, with many factions about to converge. Instead ...more
(I'd make an exception for The Children of the Company, which unexpectedly turned out to be my favorite in the series; it's the book that gives us our first glimpse behind the Company curtain, and also introduces my favorite operative, the unflappable Facilitator Van Drouten. Damn it all, why couldn't we have ...more
In striving for an epic finish, some of the charms of the earliest books have been lost. I have to say that Mendoza never does fully recover her personality. But I’m still impressed by the way the author manages to tie up all these elaborate thr ...more
This convoluted conclusion to Baker's Company novels (after The Machine's Child) explores the events leading up to July 8, 2355, the moment when the Silence falls and all future contact is cut off for the immortals and cyborgs who travel through time collecting human artifacts on behalf of the profit-hungry Dr. Zeus Inc. As the Silence draws near, splinter groups begin jockeying to benefit. A human cabal plots, somewhat hilariously, to take out the cyborgs with poisoned c
I was worried there after The Machine's Child. I had begun to doubt that Baker had it in her to bring all of her plot strands together in any satisfying way, and I had half convinced myself that she had grown fed up with her characters and was going to toss them out with the rest of the trash. I was even more worried that I was going to agree with that decision -- I certainly didn't like anyone much at the end of the last novel!
But this is the author that somehow turned every trope of heroi ...more
After blitzing through all eight books of this series, the finale comes as somewhat of a big disappointment as the revelation and resolution of the end came in an anti-climactic fashion, due to part of its deus ex machina nature. This is in some part due to one of the biggest pitfalls of time travel stories; the question of how to answer all the temporal divergent plots in a logical manner without causing a paradox. For "The Sons of Heaven", the solution seems h ...more
Big trigger warning in the middle; was so upset I put down the book and wouldn't pick it up again for a few days [nearly ragequit the whole series, in the final installment], but extraordinarily glad I did pick it up again, and sometimes reality just does work that way. Withhold judgment. (And it wouldn't necessarily be a trigger for anyone else. And there are potentially worse triggers in a truly sweeping epic, but that's what epics are for: to expand the boundaries of ...more
I've been wondering what to say about this book for a while. I've seen numerous people say that this series peaked at The Graveyard Game, and frankly, I agree with them. This is a bit unfortunate, because there were four more books that came after it. I really wanted to like the later books in this series, but ... they just weren't as entertaining and awesome, somehow. Maybe I'm just not sophisticated enough for the weird Freudian dynamics of this book. And ev ...more
With that said, I loved it. It's the only one in the series that I gave five stars (I give very few books 5 stars) because I thought it was a worthy ending to one of my all-time favorite series.
Though Baker has a wickedly funny sense of humor, which makes the stories what they are, mistake not - this series is built around ...more
I've read a lot of reviews by people who read this book when it first came out. They had been waiting for the end of the series, not knowing how many books that would be, for several years. A lot of them thought that the ending didn't live up to the hype.
Perhaps because I could read the end when I wanted to, and perhaps because I read book #5 and immediately went into book #8, I feel totally dif ...more
Overall, it was a satisfying ending. Pretty much all of the loose endings were tied up, although I do wish she had used Budu more. There was a little bit of overuse of the old deus ex, but it's sci-fi, so I can be forgiving.
My only complaint w ...more
Taken as a series, this is one of the most inconsistent storylines I have ever read. It seems as though each good book is inevitably followed by a lower-qu ...more
However - the ending is so complicated, and so confusing, that it leaves a distinctly unsatisfying feeling.
This may be because Baker attempts to weave all the various story lines to some kind of "happy" ending, while having to deal with the potential complexities of time travel (not the mechanics of time travel, but rather the old "If I went back and killed my grandfather" type of compl ...more