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The Sweet Far Thing

by Libba Bray

Random House Children's Books | April 28, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Sweet Far Thing is rated 4.2931 out of 5 by 58.
* “A huge work of massive ambition.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum 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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A 2008 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 848 pages, 8.28 × 5.69 × 1.81 in

Published: April 28, 2009

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440237777

ISBN - 13: 9780440237778

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Series Great series but I was a little disappointed with the way it ended. However after I got addicted to the series I had to keep reading all the way through.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best out of the three this was by far my favourite book out of the three. i thought that A Great and Terrible Beauty was good as well, but this was really good. Rebel Angles was good too but it was like a continuation from A great and Terrible Beauty, and it was dragging me along until i got to the sweet far thing.
Date published: 2010-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh... I loved the first two books in this series. They were both gripping and entertaining; I couldn't put them down. Then I started this one. It rambled on for eight hundred pages, when the important content could have easily fit into the same amount of pages as the other two books, and because it was so slow going, it took me over a month to get to an ending that I hated. I, personally, wouldn't read this book, or series, again.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from CUT IT OUT This book took me FOREVER to read. It was so... um... repetative. I just wanted it to be OVER already! I finished it just for the sake of finishing it. It was a well written book, but I would not read it again NOR suggest anyone else to read it haha.
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was an amazing read, the ending wasn't bad at all, left you wanting more. This book is one of my favourites!
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AH-MAZING! A must read! My favourite book of the triology... it'll appeal to all your emotions and keep you thinking about it for weeks after you've finished it! Sooooo good! I loved it. Absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2010-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly Disappointed... While reading the first two books in the series, I was completely engrossed in the story of Gemma Doyle. The third book, and last one in the trilogy was slightly disappointing compared to the previous two books. First of all, the book was over 800 pages and the story could have been nicely wrapped up in 500 pages. Gemma goes on a magical journey to return the magic to the realms and restore order. It is a well written story that is an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book to anyone in their teen years and up.
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing I absolutely love this trilogy and I am sad to say that it came to an end. This was my favourite book in the series; it completely captivated me till the end. To me it was probably the most complete book I have ever read. There was so much packaged into this book, but hey it was over 800 pages, at least when reading it didn't feel that long. I even wished it to be longer at times. There was an almost perfect balance of suspense, romance, betrayal, and friendship. They were moments that made me laugh and there were moments that made me cry. I must really commend Libba Bray for her writing style for I loved it, and for the fact that she did such an amazing job in creating her characters. She really made me feel for the characters, not just Gemma, but everyone. There were moments when the characters made me feel happy for them, sad for them, sorry for them, and mad at them. Altogether I just love how everyone interacted with everyone else. To me this book, really felt more than a book. I was so invested in it emotionally that I could not put it down, and I had really no idea how it would end. I do have to say that the ending, at first, unsettled me (don't worry I won't spoil it), but after reading the interview with Libba Bray (at the back of the book) I felt a lot better, and I realized that it had an amazing ending. I would definitely recommend, not just this book but the entire series (for you must read the other two before this), to pretty much anyone remotely interested in reading a suspenseful, exciting, absolutely enchanting, magical, romantic book.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great ending to the series The Sweet Far Thing carries right after the events of Rebel Angels. Alliances have to be made. The magic has to be given equally to all tribes but Gemma hestitates. She loves the magic too much and likes helping her friends and loved ones by using it. Yet bad terrible things are happening in the realms and there's a strange eerie power that's growing in the dreaded Winterlands. Be forewarned, this is a BIG book. It's slightly over 800 pages. So give yourself ample time to read it. This is a lot to read through and I'm afraid to say it, but it does seem to drag a bit. The girls go into the realms, then they're back to reality. This goes back and forth a lot and it gets tiring a bit. The reader can't help but get frustrated but, when you progress through the novel, the ending and the climax makes up for it tenfold. That being said though, there's a lot of action in this book. Fans of Victorian gothic and magic will love this. There's a good balance between the "real world" of Victorian England and the "other side" where magic, and fantasy come to life. I still adore Gemma. She's not afraid of breaking any rules of propriety and does not care what the world thinks of her in their social circles. I like that about her. She wanted to run her life as she saw fit and didn't care what others thought of a woman running "loose and free" in society. She hasn't lost her wit (in fact it increases ten fold in this book) and her innermost thoughts still make you chuckle. What I didn't really like about her, is it seemed as if her friends just used her for her magic, and I thought Gemma was a lot stronger than that. Then again she's afraid of being lonely and is only doing what they ask for to please them and to let them stay with her. That being said, underneath that selfishness her friends end up staying fiercely loyal to her and they really do value her as a friend. Aside from the constant travelling back and forth between the worlds, the last book of this series does a good job tying up loose ends and you're left with a satisfying yet bittersweet ending. Overall a good albeit long book. A great closing to a wonderful trilogy and a must read for fans of Victorian Gothic books.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish There Was More It's sad to say this series has come to an end, but I think the journey through the three novels was quite worth it. One thing I would have ranked under irritating this time around, were Felicity and Ann. I kept rolling my eyes at their antics and wanted them so badly to jsut stop whining. I imagine that if I was a young girl who didn't have this gift, I would probably also do anything I could to get a hold of it, but it still amde me shake the novel every so often. I kept wanting Gemma to just grow a pair, make some decisions, and figure out what was going on. Because of that, I did tend to find the novel a bit slow at first. There seemed to be a lot of scenes that could have been removed, or conversations that could have been combined rather than dragged on over so many pages. At the same time, this did give the author a chance to write about a different time, its attitudes and its forms of entertainment. It was interesting, but again, it just didn't help the story along. The action picks up quite a bit at the end and flows much better. I think it's about time the supernatural stories for young adults met with different eras and how girls of those generations might have reacted to things we take for granted. It's well done and I hope to see more by this author, even if it's not in this series.
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant ending one of my all time favourite books i must say. Libba Bray did an amazing job at this final book. though it is long it is not enough. you just cant put this book down. the characters become deeper and more mature finally starting to undertand themselves. Bray doesnt hide from things like self abuse, sexual abuse, lesbianism. she puts it all out there and does it brilliantly. i especially liked the romance in this book. though the ending didnt sit right with me. it was definitly sad and took me a while to accept. if you liked the first two books you till love this one.
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing! This book has everything you can love. Romance, Action, Death, Life, everything. Though I hate the ending I realized how much I loved the book. I have suggested this book to many people, it is an amazing piece of work I feel proud to have read. I will miss this series but will keep rereading over and over again, it pulls you in and captivates you, it makes you feel like part of the book. Libba Bray, you have written an amazing book, please make a final book so we can have some closure with Kartik.
Date published: 2009-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingggg!!! This book is incredible, it was arond 850 pages, but for me it just wasn't long enough, these books always leave you with wanting more. Throughout this whole series the adventure captivates you, and thrills you until the end. Gemma is a brave girl who makes this series so unique. I loved Kartik in these books, the best parts are when he and Gemma are together. The ending of this book made me pretty sad and upset, but I guess happy endings aren't always meant to be. I loved this series so much, and it's sad to see it come to an end.
Date published: 2009-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful trilogy!! I loved it! The Sweet Far Thing is book #3 from the Gemma Doyle trilogy. It started with A Great and Terrible Beauty, and was followed by Rebel Angels. I LOVED IT !! It’s a beautiful adventure. The Sweet Far Thing continues the adventures of Gemma Doyle and her friends. The book is fill with magic (of course), mysteries to be solved, questions to be answer, the search for one self, happiness, fears, life and death, love and friendship. The book picks up some time after Rebel Angels, when Gemma bounded the magic of the Realms to herself. Now that Gemma has the magic, she must decide what is the best option, concerning this magic. Unfortunately, ever since she bounded the magic to herself, she hasn’t been able to enter the realms again. It takes her and her friends, Felicity and Ann, some time to figure out another way to enter. Once they find the other way, the mysteries, the adventures and the problems begin. There are a couple of parts in the story where you might get a little annoyed with Gemma, and what she does, or the way she uses the magic, but you have to remember she's only 17, just a teenager!!! So you must be patient! Lol. Something I loved about the story is that you don’t always know what to expect. You never know who’s good or evil: Circe, Kartik, Miss Wilhelmina Wyatt, Mr. Fowlson, Ms. Nightwing… They’re all important characters and you can’t tell right away who’s good and who’s not. Which gives the story quite a mysterious twist. I do recommend you read the two first books first, of course. You well really enjoy Gemma Doyle’s journey from the beginning until the very end. I must admit I was a little bit disappointed with the ending though. Just a little. I still love the whole trilogy. I guess I was just expecting it to finish differently. Please feel free to read my reviews on the two first books: A Great and Terrible Beauty: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/A-Great-and-Terrible-Beauty-Libba-Bray/978038573231-519592-Review.html Rebel Angels: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Rebel-Angels-Libba-Bray/978038573341-519593-Review.html
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Finale! The final book in the Gemma Doyle series was amazing. Libba Bray definitly did not miss the mark! I loved it! It made me laugh, and it made me cry, a great combination. Unfortunatly I was a little dissapionted. However there were times when Gemma was a little annoying, and there were so many times I wish I could just punch out one of her friends. Otherwise, great read.
Date published: 2009-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Power of Imagination in Written Word Great way to end the series. I'm not going to give away any endings. A really good series and a real fun, fast-paced read.
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't like the ending This book was great and just as well written as the first two, but I was a litle disapointed with how it ended. It had somewhat of a happy ending but I didn't what she did to one of the characters in the end. Eventhough the ending was not what I expected I still recommend this book to everyone, but red the first two first.
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TWILIGHT FANS MUST READ! Firstly of alll the age rating on this book is horribly inaccutare. It should be for 14 - 18 because the main character herslef is 16 you can't have a ten year old reading about her. Secondly this book on the romance scale is right up there with twilight. The man she falls in love with is her mortal enemy. A long time ago their two organizations were partners even soul mates. But overtime jealousy overcame love. In this book Gemma and Katrik are the ones ot break that cycle. They each betray their organizations for eachother, for thier love. It's the most beautiful love story of the century!
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Ending Just like it's predecessors, the Sweet Far Thing delivers a story like a punch in the face; it's sudden and the feeling sticks with you. I highly recommend this book and the other two! If you liked the other books, this one will definitely not disappoint. It has all the intrigue, action, romance, deceit, and the challenges of being a young girl in the late 19th century you can handle! Gemma really impressed me by the end of the book, and even though I was bawling like a baby, it made for a better conclusion to her adventures. Throughout the book, even though I was thoroughly enjoying it, I found myself anticipating it's finish. At 818 pages, it's a lot to digest, and I was excited to start a new journey with other literary comrades (haha, I'm such a dork!) but now that it's over, I know I'm going to miss it; like how you feel after all great reads.
Date published: 2009-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed... **Mild Spoilers** I had some real issues with this book, especially as the final installment in a trilogy. I liked the first two books enough to read this one - but what a disappointment. Aside from Gemma and Kartik (who I liked), I found the characters to be annoying, with few redeeming qualities - I wanted to care what happened to them, but I just couldn't. What I found to be most irritating was the end - I get that some authors don't want things to be all sunshine and roses, but I thought the story could have ended in a much better way - still allowing for challenges, without being so depressing.
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not like the ending! I loved the idea behind this series. I thought there was so much you could do with it but it seemed like every story line in all 3 books ended in a dead end or ended sadly. This book dragged on and the ending took for ever.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love it but... It's definetly an awesome book and I love it very much. There is some things that just annoyed however while I was reading: Gemma's friends. I think they were manipulating her, they always criticized her but I think she was so nice with them and she was doing all she can to make them happy. The other thing is the end...It is a good end but it could have been better and I was so sad for Kartik. Except for these details, I really enjoyed the book, though sometimes it was previsible.
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Except. . . I loved this book! I thought it was the best in the series. I'm not a huge fan of the ending though, it could do wihtout the tree bit. I really wish he didn't have to go. At the end of Act V, I put the book down and refused to read. The next day, the suspense was killing me so I finsihed it. I got over that bit, and concluded that it is definately the best out of the three :)
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't as good as the first and second I was really looking forward to this book because I really enjoyed the first 2 in the series, but I was a little dissapointed. I found it to be very dragged on. i found the first 400 pages (1/2 of the book) to be extremely slow, lots of parts were repetitive and unnecessary. Near the end of the book things pick up speed and gets a little juicier. I think that a lot of things were left unexplained in the end and many aspects of the story didn't fit together or follow through. However, if you leave your detective-like thinking behind, it's a fun read.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely LOVED it! I'd been meaning to purchase this book for the longest time and I'm so glad I finally did! It was great! I reread A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels right before and this and The Sweet Far Thing is definitely my favourite! As in the first two books of the trilogy, there is plenty of mystery, action, and romance, only more so! I just couldn't put it down. Although the ending was a tearjerker for me, I feel it was just the right way to end an amazing series! I'm so sad it's over!
Date published: 2008-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE the entire series This book is the perfect ending to a great story. The characters were very real and i could hardly put all three books down. I would definately recomend this book to anybody.
Date published: 2008-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartwarming, tearjerkingly beautiful (I would definitely give this book a 10 with stars if I could.) the entire trilogy are definitely up there with the most amazing books of my life. Gemma and Kartik finally realize that they love each other and the end is so terrible and romantic, I think its a beautiful ending although I wish they could go on for ever. (Along with the twilight serise these books will never leave my heart.) Gemma♥Kartik!! Bella♥Edward!!
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Series! I loved this series! I personally think that each book was better than it's previous and never failed to thrill. The Sweet Far Thing was the best out of three; bring everything together in the end (hopefully there is a chance of a fourth book). I truly admire Gemma's courage, bravery, and sense of self through her journey (unlike Bella Swan who whines... but I love her too), for she is a true heroine. I recommend this series for anyone looking for magic, thrills, love and adventure. This series has helped ease the pain of my Twilight withdrawl... for now :)
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but BAD ending **SPOILER: OK, so this book was mostly awesome! there were some parts i didnt like, like Gemma kept being all " oh we have to form an alliance with the forest folk|" for like the whole book.. and i hated the ending! I mean, FEE & PIPPA = lesbians??? its too weird... and i cried when kartik died.. i really hate those kind of endings.. i wish that he lived.. the plot was really repetitve but overall it was still a great book. too bad there isnt another one.. but i still think that it could have been better.
Date published: 2008-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing (spoilers) To be perfectly honest, I found the final book of the trilogy extremely disappointing. There were about 400 pages of absolute nothing. However, there were some good parts hidden in there. The thing with Felicity being a lesbian wasn't at all unexpected. If you pay close attention to her character in the first two books, it was very predictable. Gemma seems to be a very different narrator in this book. I understand that she has 'grown' since the first two books, but the last one just seemed way too different. I think it strayed too far from what it was. Libba Bray has way too many similes, many of which are excellent, but after a while, they just get tiring. However, I loved the ending. It was sad and tragic like I had expected it to be, and it wrapped everything up nicely. If you loved the first two books like I did, chances are you'll find this one's not up to par.
Date published: 2008-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this trilogy -Probably spoilers- I loved a Great and Terrible Beauty and, although I think this was a the weakest of the 3 books, I still liked it. Half the pages probably could have been cut out though. I found the whole idea of searching for something yet again and the tree of all souls kind of boring. Once they got more into the story though I began to like the book better. I do think the idea of Felicity and Pippa being in love made sense. (Although I tend to think Pippa was more just being manipulative) and the Gemma Kartik moments were great. (I didn't even like Kartik until this book) The ending was a bit random and the girls seemed a bit ahead of their times. I've given a bit of criticism here and I can't quite put my finger as closely on the good aspects of the book. Maybe they aren't as defineable. But I definitely would reccomend it!
Date published: 2008-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Was Awsome I Loved This Booked I Finished It In 1 Week I Luv Everything About This Series Of Books Just As Much as Twilight I Hope SheWrites For :D
Date published: 2008-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Ok...the last two books were Ok, quite likable...this one was also ok at first...and then Libba Bray throws in something like Felicity and Pippa being lesbian. Um. what is it with writers and ppl being gay anyways??? then there's the ending...kinda disappointing......
Date published: 2008-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic During a time when woman were nothing more but accessories, just as furniture can be replaced and disposed of when no longer in need, emerges a massive character. Gemma Doyle is by far one of most developed and richest characters to have ever been spun. Inside of her, is the same rebellion we people have to fight everyday of our existence- life itself. Gemma has a gift beyond comprehension; magic. But all things come at a cost, and this tale reminds us all that with great power, comes greater responsibility. Libba Bray leads us into a world where fairy tales don't necessarily have that perfect happy ending.
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book was absolutely brilliant! I zoomed through this book so quickly! I just couldn't stop reading and finished it in about a day or two. I just loved it! The suspense and drama, especially the whole deal with Pippa. I really didn't think she would make a sacrifice to cross over. And Kartik! Such a sweet sacrifice. This book was just amazing! and Gemma is such a strong female heroine for girls to look up to. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for an intriguing read with a strong, compelling female heroine!
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting and Entransing!! The third and final book in Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle Trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing is captaviting until the very end. Something new is happening at Spence Academy. The East Wing is being rebuilt, and now, Gemma can enter the realms again, but things have changed...the realms are different, evil is brewing and it's finding it's way out of the realms and into the real world. Gemma can't control it, she can't figure out the mysteries, and time is running out...And what about her life outside of the realms. She is suppose to debut soon, in front of the queen herself, she will find a husband, but what about Kartick. Will they end up happily ever after, will Gemma survive her debut, will she survive the evil of the realms? This book is a must read! If you loved the other Gemma Doyle books or the Twilight Series, you will not be disappointed here.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever This is absolutely the best book I've ever read. I wanted to reread it the moment I finished it. I seriously COULD NOT put this book down.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated out of 5 by from The Best of the Three Gemma has quite a few problems. There's the magic that she promised to share but she can't quite bring herself to. Then there's Circe who she thought was dead but it seems is still alive. And there's the little problem her friend, Pippa who seems to be changing. And Gemma's not sure if it's for the better. The Sweet Far Thing may look daunting in size but once you finish it will be well worth the time. It is filled with events that will surprise the most careful of readers. Libba Bray, somehow (amazingly), manages to tie up all the loose threads and create a book that is flawless. Libba Bray is a genius.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!!!!! TOTALLY AMAZING!!!!! WOW! thats the only thing i can say about this book. It was a really good ending to the series, although i didnt really like what happens to Kartik, but even with that I think that these books are absolutely AMAZING! I cried for like.. hours after finishing it, and it sucks that there's no more books to look forward too.... but oh well... i think everyone should read these books because I garantee theyll fall in love with them!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Libba Bray's final novel in the Gemma Doyle trilogy is by far the longest and most involved. The plot twists and turns, revealing surprises at every corner and delving deeper into the characters and their hidden secrets. I absolutely loved it, although the ending was more than a little bittersweet. This series is an amazing read, and I would recommend it highly to anyone looking for beautifully written books with lots of emotion and depth. Definitely one of my favourites!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! it's long but it's soooo worth reading!!! the ending is such a shock and i recemend this book to anything who loves romance and magic. loved it!!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it I loved the first two books in this series. This one was quite long, and I have to admit it dragged on at times. But I found it quite enjoyable. Bray has done an excellent job with this series, showing how life was for girls in that era. It really gives you a feel for what young women went through, a life of doing what was expected, not what you wanted. The beauty of this series is that a touch a magic is thrown in to give it that little extra excitement that gets teens to read. A bit of a warning for parents, there is some mild sexual content in this book and it also touches on homosexuality.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal- in fact, redefines 'phenomenal'! A breathtaking close to The Gemma Doyle series. A soon-to-be classic, this series can be read and enjoyed by any teenage girl with an eye for fantasy, adventure, magic, or romance. It's a great read for history lovers, too!
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was probably the best in the trilogy. It is absolutely full from page one of great adventures. Gemma Doyle is an amazing character. The book ends with a perfect ending to the trilogy.
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A brillant book... but a little dark I really was looking forward to this book. I had it marked on my calendar even, and that's rare because usually I just go out and buy books. Anywho. This book definitely was a conclusion and I have to say it lacked nothing at all from plot. My only complaint is that I had hoped this book wouldn't end in such a tragic way. I love the characters dearly and had wished they could find some definitive happiness at the end. There were some details which caught me off guard, but maybe I was at fault and just missed the proper forshadowing. I did however catch the whole parallel between the story and Shakespeare's Macbeth, a five act tragedy (A play about the intoxication of power and the consequences of ambition.). This book left me wanting to reach out and hug Gemma at the end, she just seemed so crushed. There was hope, I'll give you that, but I thought she deserved happiness and the future she wished for with all her heart. This book made me laugh, cry, jump out of my skin and, above all, made me smile. It was a pleasure but just like the ending of the trilogy slightly tragic. It's a very real story for something based primarily on the ability to travel into a dream world and the consequences, choices and relationships it causes to develop. Definitely not for young readers for there are many mature themes such as addiction and death and impossible choices. (Among others, I don't really want to mention here.) A must read for all people in love with the late 1800s and early 1900s. Romantic, enthusiastic, humorful, suspenseful, dynamic and above all truly touching. A brillant book. Even though it ends sadly, there is still hope for the future in Gemma Doyle's world. :)
Date published: 2008-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I read the series but these are not the kind of book that would keep me reading for hours but I thought the series were well written and interesting.
Date published: 2008-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Upset... "A Great and Terrible Beauty", now that was an amazing book. "Rebel Angels", yet again, I was not disappointed. When I put down that book I was yearnign for the next one to come out. I counted down the days, marked days off of the calendar, and when the day finally came for me to pick this book up I couldn't wait. When I got home, I settled into a comfy chair, prepared for to be there from cover to cover. Within this first few pages I was upset. I kept reading, figuring that it would get better... eventually I put the book down, convinced that it must just be me. The next day, there I was, prepared again for the long haul. No, it just didn't spark my interest. I don't know how the book ends up because I couldn't force myself to read any farther than the first five chapters. I'm sorry fans, but this book just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2008-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ERG Sorry to everyone who loved these books, don’t get me wrong these books were good and a very lovely tale, but I just hate it when authors do certain things, and how the book is in their power, as much as you want one thing to happen, it doesn’t. So I must say that these books, however good, provoke my temper. I all so really wanted to find out what happened to Ann. As much as these books frustrated me, they were a good read, but not a book I hold close to my heart.
Date published: 2008-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sweet Sweet Thing The Sweet Far Thing is the perfect conclusion to the Gemma Doyle series. It is Libba Bray’s best book yet. This book will take you on a journey you'll not soon forget. You’re guaranteed to laugh, cry and feel as if you are in the Realms, watching Gemma’s tale unfold, as if it were your own. The Sweet Far Thing is full of twists, turns, jump-out-at-you surprises and have-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense. Do not be intimidated by the book’s size. For the story it tells, the number of pages is only too modest.
Date published: 2008-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Amazing! This book was amazing. Its definitly the best of the entire series. the characters are developed so well its hard to beleive they don't exist. This book definitly holds as a competitior to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.
Date published: 2008-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down! This book was absolutll amazing! I just couldn't put down the book and was so interested in what would happen next. I would go from laughing to crying in one book. I definatly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romance book with a bit of a twist to it.
Date published: 2007-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Recommended Age. I have read the first two books, and i found them completely amazing. If the third one is anything like the first two, i would NOT let 10 to 12 year olds read them. Sometimes they even scare me a little bit! Thought i would give you a heads-up, before your children come crawling in to your bed crying at night. BUY THIS BOOK FOR YOURSELF, THOUGH!
Date published: 2007-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Though it has not officially been released yet, TSFT somehow got sent to me early and I just finished it just yesterday! Though the first half is a little slow, it soon becomes an amazing victorian era adventure with plenty of fantasy and romance. It is alot less predictable than the other two books, with some surprising twists in the storyline. The ending is a satisfying finish to the trilogy, though I did manage to shed a few tears. Overall the best of the three!!!
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! These are the best books i have ever read!!! I have been waiting for the third book to come out all year. Her writing and imagination is amazing and you can never expect whats coming. I hope there will be many more Gemma books to come.
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting I have just finished the first book and when I started reading it, i was thinking it was not going to be my kind of book and i would not be sucked in. . . I was very wrong, Libby Bray takes you into Gemma Doyles world with only a few pages and suddenly you are back at high school wishing you were powerful and popular and wanting to fit in, wishing you could be with that one boy you always fantisized about but never would let that be known. This truly is and enchanting and magical story that pulls you in and makes it part of you.
Date published: 2007-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVING THE TRILOGY! I read her first two books (A great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels) so many times now, its embarassing to count, and still get chills that only truly brilliant writing can give! My personal favorite moments being Simon and Gemma's last sad moment on Rebel Angels, Kartik first kissing Gemma in A Great and Terrible Beauty, and lastly Kartik and Gemma's stable dance. I screamed when I heard that the Third isntalment was to be released (unfortunatly just after my bday) but preordered it straigh way, If you love an aspiring story of a heroin who stirves fot the best, not only for herself, but for the ones she loves, then you must read this trilogy, ASAP!
Date published: 2007-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I've read her first book and I'm currently reading her second one. I can't wait till this book comes out, I'm practicly gonna kill myself trying to find it in stores. 'Cause you know how things work, it's released but takes a about one or two months for you to actually find it in stores. Anyways...A Great And Terrible Beauty is an EXCELLENT book, and I was hooked the first few pages. I read 300 pages of Rebel Angels after 3 days of getting the book! That is how great it is! I STRONGLY reccomend it for anyone who is looking for a mysterious, well-plotted book, interesting book. I love the author, Libba Bray
Date published: 2007-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Libba Bray is an amazing writer. These books are both different and exciting, with plotlines WAY outside the norm (in a good way). I would definitely recommend this series to any teen.
Date published: 2007-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever!!!:D:D:D:D This was the best ever!!!!!!I love these books!! They are the best books I've ever read!!! Libba Bray is my favorite author ever and I hope she writes tons more:D:D:D:D!!
Date published: 2007-05-25

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The Sweet Far Thing

by Libba Bray

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 848 pages, 8.28 × 5.69 × 1.81 in

Published: April 28, 2009

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440237777

ISBN - 13: 9780440237778

About the Book

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.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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CHAPTER ONE March 1896 SPENCE ACADEMY FOR YOUNG LADIES There is a particular circle of hell not mentioned in Dante''s famous book. It is called comportment, and it exists in schools for young ladies across the empire. I do not know how it feels to be thrown into a lake of fire. I am sure it isn''t pleasant. But I can say with all certainty that walking the length of a ballroom with a book upon one''s head and a backboard strapped to one''s back while imprisoned in a tight corset, layers of petticoats, and shoes that pinch is a form of torture even Mr. Alighieri would find too hideous to document in his Inferno. "Let us keep our eyes trained toward heaven, girls," our headmistress, Mrs. Nightwing, pleads as we attempt our slow march across the floor, heads held high, arms out like ballerinas. The loops of the backboard chafe the sides of my arms. The block of wood is unyielding, and I am forced to stand as stiff as the guards at Buckingham Palace. My neck aches with the effort. Come May, I shall make my debut a full year early, for it has been decided by all parties involved that at nearly seventeen I am ready and that it would do me good to have my season now. I shall wear beautiful gowns, attend lavish parties, and dance with handsome gentlemen--if I survive my training. At present, that outcome is very much in doubt. Mrs. Nightwing paces the length of the ballroom. Her stiff skirts whisk-whisk across the floor as if to rebuke it for lying there. All the while she
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From the Publisher

* “A huge work of massive ambition.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum 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.

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A #1 Book Sense Bestseller
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New York Times Bestseller
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Publishers Weekly Bestseller
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USA Today Bestseller
A 2008 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

From the Jacket

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 29, 2007:
“A huge work of massive ambition.”

Review, People, December 24, 2007:
"This is a rare treat that offers a bit of everything--romance, magic, history, Gothic intrigue--and delivers on all of it in 819 beautifully crafted pages."


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 29, 2007:
“A huge work of massive ambition.”

Review, People, December 24, 2007:
"This is a rare treat that offers a bit of everything--romance, magic, history, Gothic intrigue--and delivers on all of it in 819 beautifully crafted pages."


From the Hardcover edition.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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