The Sweet Far Thing

Bray, Libba

Paperback - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sweet Far Thing
At Spence Academy, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle continues preparing for her London debut while struggling to determine how best to use magic to resolve a power struggle in the enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her own world and loved ones.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2009], c2007
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780440237778
Branch Call Number: FIC B
Characteristics: 819, 16 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 07, 2013
  • JCLKinsleyR rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I devoured this series, one right after the other. The dress on the cover drew me in and the talk of dances and debuts won me over. I was surprised to enjoy the fantasy side of the other realms.

Jul 07, 2013
  • Bookworm11_a rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Okay I have to say that was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. But there were certain points where I was very disappointed.
For one I did not like the ending what so ever. Okay fine the worlds are at peace and the magic is for everyone but, Kartik ending up taking Mrs.Spence's place as the tree honestly just really sucked. I wanted him and Gemma together.
That was pretty much the big point that I was disappointed at.
Another would be Pippa's death which I did not like at all. Okay the castle got sucked into the ground and they all just died with it, but that is so BORING. Also how did Wendy and Bessie end up being friends in the end? They constantly hated each other through out the whole book and all of a sudden they are working together. This links to something I am confused about, HOW DID WENDY SURVIVE? There was a blood bath and tons of people were killed but little old Wendy had survived it all. The fact that she had been in the Winterlands for that long and some how made is thorough without a scratch really amazes me.

In the end I will say that was an amazing series and totally worth reading and the wait. Libba you are an amazing author!

Nov 17, 2012
  • epurys rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you are a vapid, superficial, impatient teenager who likes happy endings, you probably won't like this book. Bray piles on the dark and gloomy in this last installment, and does an excellent job of it. The conflict between the characters is apparent and gut wrenching, you really get the sense of how alone Gemma feels in the presence of her friends.

Jul 15, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Have to say this was the best of the trilogy (agree with other comments from mberk too) and I personally found it impossible to put down, reading much later than I had intended just to finish it. Bittersweet ending for sure, but I'm glad it was more realistic than just happy endings and loose strings being tied up. An excellent and compelling read that didn't feel like 800+ pages at all.

Apr 26, 2012
  • mberk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was one of those rare occurrences where the final book in the trilogy is far better than the first 2. I really enjoyed this book -it was my guilty pleasure - along the lines of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games.

Mar 17, 2012

funny how i loved the first book, he second was ok but i have yet to convince myself to read this one. just like the hunger games trilogy... ;)

Aug 30, 2011
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a good/ok series, but certainly not the best I've ever read. I really didn't like how this book ends. It's also extremely long - 819 pages- and took me forever to read. I just wanted to finish it and start something better. I did enjoy the time period this was set in, though, and how the author described what it was like to live in this era. Overall, I would only recommend reading this book if you absolutely loved the first 2 books. Otherwise, it isn't worth the time or effort to read this huge book!

Apr 13, 2011
  • purplebrickroad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely fell in love with this entire series! There were sad, happy, serious, and emotional parts in all the books that made me never want to put it down. A book that I'll always remember being a amazing read!

Jan 30, 2011
  • bookworm356 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just FANTASTIC! I literally fell in love with the series upon picking it up! As I read each of the books. I continued to be amazed by there brilliance. They took me on a very emotional ride. I laughed, I cried and I loved! I have no complaints about this book or the whole series. And to sum it all up The Sweet Far Thing was an excellent end to this series! It was truely PERFECT! Atleast for me :) I will surely be re-reading this one!!! Reccommended to all fans of a one of a kind read!

Nov 26, 2010
  • farah24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE this series, but I really didn't like the ending, I hate what happens to Kartik at the end but the thing I love most is how she gets through everything, even the worst parts near the end.

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Aug 30, 2011
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jul 16, 2010
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Mar 19, 2011

(Feb 23, 2010) From the back cover of the book:

[i]It has been[/i] 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 to turn catty schoolgirls into loyal friends, 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 her and forged unlikely new alliances with headstrong Felicity and timid Ann; with the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds...

Extraordinary in its scope, Libba Bray's [i]The Sweet Far Thing[/i] concludes the [i]New York Times[/i]bestselling trilogy that began with [i]A Great and Terrible Beauty[/i] and continued in [i]Rebel Angels[/i]. Pulled forward by fate, the destiny Gemma faces threatens to set chaos loose, not only in the realms, but also upon the rigid Victorian society whose rules Gemma both defied and followed. Where does Gemma belong? And will she, can she, survive?


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Jul 16, 2010
  • Teyfor8Wyoma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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