The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
(The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)

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This trilogy closer fails to deliver on the potential of the stellar A Great and Terrible Beauty (2004).
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IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHANGE since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a
laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.

The Order - the mysterious group her mother was once part of - is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.


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About Libba Bray

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Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, comprised of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. She is also the author of Beauty Queens and Going Bovine, which won the Michael L. Printz Award. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit her at libbabray.com.
 
Published December 26, 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 850 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

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This trilogy closer fails to deliver on the potential of the stellar A Great and Terrible Beauty (2004).

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Oct 29 2007

The concluding volume in the trilogy begun in A Great and Terrible Beauty is a huge work of massive ambition...and heroine Gemma Doyle’s control of its magic being the central thread but, perhaps, not the most interesting.

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Teen Reads

Above average
on Dec 26 2007

A SWEET FAR THING can seem to move slowly at times, and this 819-page epic can get bogged down in those details (whether of society etiquette or of Realm mythology).

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EDGE Boston

Above average
on Jan 20 2008

"The Sweet Far Thing" marks the conclusion of these sagas as Gemma prepares to leave behind Spence, the realms and her bosom chums as she ventures into an independent womanhood, almost unprecedented in her times

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Teen Ink

Above average

This 819-page epic can move slowly at times, but I prefer to think that the leisurely pace of this final installment is a sign that Bray just doesn't want to say goodbye to these characters.

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