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The Sons of Heaven (The Company #8)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
This is how it ends:

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
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Hardcover, 431 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Tor Books
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Jaye Falls
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: speculative
Beautiful prose, atmospheric mood, but I think I'm disappointed. There is a big, fat Deus ex machina in this book, and I'm not sure I buy the subsequent resolution of the conflict between immortals and normal men. The biggest obstacle to my enjoyment is Mendoza's passive reaction to Edward, whose Victorian self-righteousness leads him to behave in ways that feel oppressive and criminal to me. The tone reminds me of 70's era romance novels where the heroine comes to realize that the hero didn't r ...more
Sandi
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Sons of Heaven is a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to Kage Baker's series about The Company, a corporation that has modified young children to grow up into immortals. These immortals spend the centuries collection precious works of art, literature, and genetic material. In The Sons of Heaven, linear time is quickly approaching July 9, 2355. It's on this date that the temporal concordance, the record of all history, ends. Nobody knows why there aren't any entries in the temporal concordance ...more
Julian
Feb 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
having spent the last month of my life reading this series in every moment i had, what will i do now?? at least i saved one last short story collection.

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
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Lindsay
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who need to know how the series ends
I don't really feel this is the ending the series deserved. Edward is a pompous ass and easily my least favorite character in the series, so the events in this installment really frustrated me (as well as really squicking me out with the incest stuff). The loose ends do pretty much get tied up, and I adore Lewis, but on the whole, I kind of want a do-over.
Becky
Aug 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: conspiracy, historical fiction and time-travel enthusiasts
The Sons of Heaven is the final installment of Baker's long-running The Company series. The mystery is finally solved - what does happen on July 9th, 2355? Baker follows at least 6 separate plot lines, but this makes the book suspenseful rather than confusing. I feel that Baker introduced some events in the book without adequate prior set-up. The plotting as a whole has been so well-crafted from the beginning that I wish she didn't have to write in some events just to get the plot to move along ...more
Alex
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I should say that giving ★★★★★ is not strictly for this book but for the completion of the series. The book is certainly above average of the series though.

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
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Wealhtheow
Dec 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The last book of the Company series! After nine novels the question of what happens when the Silence finally hits is a huge one. I really enjoyed this book, but it just didn't live up to the build-up. The narration is split between many different characters, all preparing for the year 2355, and so it reads more like a collection of short stories than a complete novel. I was interested in, but did not like, the Mendoza-Edward-Alec-Nicholas (the time travelling quartet) storyline, which has dragge ...more
Magdelanye
Having read a few of the early books in the series,when it came into my hands I thought I might as well read the last one, seeing as it's not likely I will read all the others leading up to it. I am usually scrupulous verging on obbsessive about such details. It may be the best way after all.

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
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Kyle
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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Melissa
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
The long-awaited finale to Baker's Company books is entertaining in parts but she has a tendency to focus on the characters I like the least. I've never really been a fan of the Mendoza character and she is especially annoying here. In past books she at least had some spirit and took some initiative. Here she's nothing but a passive reactor to the patronizing and manipulative Edward.

As the story progressed it felt like a huge crescendo was building, with many factions about to converge. Instead
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Chris
Aug 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sffantasy
FABULOUS. One of the best science fiction series I've read not just recently, but ever. Warning, though - this series is one of the few that absolutely have to be read in order. The first is In the Garden of Iden. The short story collections form part of the plot, too, so don't skip them.
Beth
I should have listened to the many reviewers who pointed out that this series reaches its pinnacle in the fourth book, The Graveyard Game, and then it's all tragically downhill from there.

(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
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Jenny Yates
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The last book in this series brings everything together quite wonderfully. Don’t read it unless you’ve read the others, though. This is a series awash in subplots and subordinate characters, and if you’re not already acquainted with them, you’ll be lost.

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
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Faith
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I love this series as a whole, but this was a boring and terrible conclusion. The scenes of Mendoza and her boyfriends'/childrens' domestic life were interminable--like the camping scenes in the last Harry Potter book. The ending manages to be extremely anti-climactic as well.
Tracey Pal
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not giving 5 stars to this particular book, but 5 stars to the series as a whole. It's not perfect, but with it's mix of immortals, Tudor England, old Hollywood, the past, the future, and a whole lot in-between, I love this series.
Sharleen Nelson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful blend of sci-fi and time travel. Read every book in the Kage Baker Company series; you won't regret it.
Kerry
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10, 2007, sf
The forces gathering to seize power finally move on the Company. The immortal Lewis wakes to find himself blinded, crippled, and left with no weapons but his voice, his memory, and the friendship of one extraordinary little girl. 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
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Publishers Weekly

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

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Kathy Piselli
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
The end of time for the Company! And with Kage Baker gone there will be no more. I was fine with the way the series tied up, but do feel like I have to start all over again to review all the different characters. I felt that some events and characters were alluded to that I don't quite remember. I read many books in between reading each Company novel, and as soon as I opened the next Baker book I relaxed at the familiar, good writing. Ah, Baker again! How I will miss her.
Phoenixfalls
Whew!

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
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Timothy
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
The finale to The Company series.

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
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Molly G
A-LLTHEEXPLETIVES-MAZING.

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
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Mary
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well! I did find out what happened to Lewis and Joseph, which was a relief. Really, this turned out to be a very well crafted story. There are three main threads. In one, Joseph, his father Budu, and other cyborgs make plans to rebel when the silence descends. Some of the cyborg groups, as well as plotting against their human masters, are plotting against each other - and the humans, for their part, are trying to find out how to kill the immortal cyborgs. This plot intersects with Lewis's. He is ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
[Originally written in August 2007.]

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
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Laura
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy, favorites
This conclusion to Baker's The Company series really deserves a more substantive review than I am going to give it right now. I will try to come back and do it better justice.

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
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Starling
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this out of order. I just had to know how the entire thing ended. Now I'm back reading book #6.

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
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Hoyt
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finally, an end to this very complicated series! (And I was just shocked to find out that the author passed away earlier this year!) All the main characters from the previous entries in the series show up here, as time proceeds towards the day of silence.

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
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Steven Bragg
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Taken just by itself, I give this one four stars, due to several sub-plots and scenes: The humans hiding under the conference table, Lewis telling stories underground, and everything involving Victor. However, the plotline involving Mendoza and the Edward troika reads like a Victorian story, with Mendoza subordinating herself to everyone else.

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
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Stuart Dean
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The final confrontation in the Company series. Alec Checkerfield grows up (again), others gather forces for the Battle of 2355, and at least four five seven concurrent plots for world domination are followed, many of which involve Victor the quadruple agent. There are several important showdowns, and without giving up any spoilers every showdown could be described by the same word. Super powered people gain super powers and as far as I can tell every single character ever mentioned in the entire ...more
Gil
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
If you are a fan of Baker's Company series, this one is a must, if only because it is the "last" in the series.

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
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Born June 10, 1952, in Hollywood, California, and grew up there and in Pismo Beach, present home. Spent 12 years in assorted navy blue uniforms obtaining a good parochial school education and numerous emotional scars. Rapier wit developed as defense mechanism to deflect rage of larger and more powerful children who took offense at abrasive, condescending and arrogant personality in a sickly eight- ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Company (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • In the Garden of Iden (The Company, #1)
  • Sky Coyote (The Company, #2)
  • Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company, #3)
  • The Graveyard Game (The Company, #4)
  • The Life of the World to Come (The Company, #5)
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