Every one of Kage Baker's Company books are great, either alone or taken as a series. This one, though, is the finest and most complicated yet. It's darker, but not bleak - a mature, complex story, very satisfying in itself and yet definately whetting the reader's appetite for more, more, MORE!
The New York Times said that if John Le Carre wrote science fiction, it would read like the Graveyard Game. I think it's better than that: Le Carre lacks the intimate connection with the fate of the characters that Baker does so well and so easily. She clearly cares about her heroes, even when putting them through horrific adventures and fates - and because she does, so do you.
As always, her evocation of place and time is flawless. It's even more interesting this time, since so much of the Graveyard Game takes place in the actual future. It's not a particularly NICE future, but it's awfully believable. And as usual, even her darker visions are leavened with genuine humor and stalwart heroism. Joseph and Lewis shine.
They also entertain richly. There are scenes that are fall-off-your-chair funny (you'll never be able to keep a straight face in an ice cream parlor again) and absolutely gripping action takes, like the fate of the famed Lost Ninth Legion of the Romans. Ms. Baker continues to add romance to her story, so sadly lacking in most science fiction, but this time it's definately guy-stuff romance: toughness. Heroes. Action, adventure and chivalry, determined fights for lost causes.
This is great story telling. I recommend it highly, and can hardly wait for the next one!