The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3) by Libba Bray

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)

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 t...

Details The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)

TitleThe Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)
Release DateDec 26th, 2007
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    This was okay, definitely not as good as the other two books in the series primarily because it was so unnecessarily long. I was pretty bored. Gemma was also much more of an unlikable character than usual. But overall I enjoyed the trilogy a lot!
  • Stephanie
    I am utterly distraught by this book. My first hour free of it's torture I was a ball of fury. Nothing made sense, the writing was crappy, and I had so many questions. My poor husband didn't want to come near me and I didn't want to talk to anyone.I had such high hopes for this book. Kartik and Gemma would finally find a way to be together, the magic of the realms would be figured out and dealt with, and Felicity and Ann would finally become real...
  • Angie
    And so ends the trilogy that began with A Great and Terrible Beauty, continued with Rebel Angels, and concludes in this final volume. I liked the first one well enough because of its unique blend of a wild, magical, mythical realm barely constrained behind stiff Victorian curtains. I really got into the second one as the plot became more complex, Gemma came into her own powers, Felicity and Ann's stories became more layered, and poor beautiful ...
  • Caroline
    This was by far my favorite in the series, and I think a lot of it had to do with what Libba Bray was willing to have happen to her characters. The others have had their dark moments, but this was definitely the darkest of the lot. Makes sense, since it is the conclusion of a trilogy, and so there's got to be pretty big events to keep the story going.It does take a while for the story to pick up, like in the others. Oh, and there's a veritable to...
  • Tatiana
    Thankfully, this is over. I thought I would never get through this last installment of Gemma Doyle trilogy. Why, oh why does this book have to be so long? Take out 300-400 pages of unnecessary secondary characters and going nowhere plot lines, its 5 epilogues, and "The Sweet Far Thing" would be a reasonably decent book (I suppose). But alas, Bray chooses to ruin her own rather original series with this endless and bizarre last installment.I've re...
  • Fables&Wren
    WrensReads Review:This was a reread of a reread of a reread et cetera (literally can’t tell you how many times I have put myself through this book). But I knew I needed to read this book again to have it fresh in my mind in order to review it correctly. When asking my sister (who introduced this series to me in grade school) how I should review this book, she stated that I should just use crying gifs... so here are a few of those: Libba Bray do...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Series review video: good:Nay.The bad:Wayyy too long. I was bored. The thing wasn't even resolved (they won a battle but not the war). The worst bleeping love triangle I've ever read.The problematic:Fat shaming. Horrible attitudes toward disability. Sexual orientation used as a plot twist. Issues of non-consent were never addressed. Sexual abuse backstory to excuse a character's meanness.
  • Jess
    Here's what I expected from this book: that it would maintain the part snarky, part serious, part romantic tone of the first two books; that the characters would grow a bit and the relationships would be as fraught as ever; that there would be some good old fashioned suspense leading up to the conclusion of the trilogy. If any of those elements were present in this book, they got lost under pages and pages of sub-par writing; I don't come to book...
  • Erin
    Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray*contains spoilers*I finished the final installment of the Gemma Doyle trilogy last night. It took me over two weeks to finish and I came very close to throwing the damn book across the room with only 70 pages to go. I have to say that I am very upset that Kartik died. VERY. The tension, and affection between Kartik and Gemma was what kept me reading. I was constantly waiting for her to see his red bandanna or meet hi...
  • Sin
    Okay, I'm going to start off with a warning. I will be talking in detail about how this book made me feel and if you haven't read it yet it is possible that my feelings will give away a crucial plot point. With that all I can say is I feel raw. Absolutely raw. I couldn't breathe. And I cried. A lot of tears were shed. The ending is by far one of the most brilliant, brave things I have EVER read, that does not mean that it wasn't absolutely horrib...
  • Ben Alderson
  • Pinky
    “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” I have been reading this book for 2 weeks and I finally finished reading this book at lunch. I am currently in class and since I finished all of the things that I need to do, I thought that I would write a quick review on this book. This book was beautiful, I loved it so much, I was so sad when I finished it. I can't believe I finished the book, it was so crazy...
  • Britt
    I think I liked this one the best of the three in the trilogy. I can’t be sure because I read the other two about two years ago, and I just have a vague impression of them. The first two were interesting, but I didn’t really connect with the story. Clearly, I liked them enough to read the whole trilogy though. Looking at the size of each book, I am guessing the first two were more tightly plotted, at least.----------The Sweet Far Thing had a ...
  • Sunny Rae
    I cannot even describe my love for this trilogy. It is simply amazing.Girls finding their wings, and finding their light and dark corners. You will have to read to find out what that means. lol, it is beautifully written, this author does not twist the truth, which i love. She tells the story as if it might happen to everyone, like the characters own personal plots. There are many unexpected twists(huge crying moments)I really did find out more a...
  • Jessica
    This book is much larger than the first two, and it also is a lot slower than the other two. This book being the last in the series though she needed to cover a lot for everything to make sense. So the length of the book is needed and it indeed covered all the questions I still had from the first two books.
  • Kristi
    i’ve finally finished the eight hundred some pages of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. And I must say that in the last two days I have felt what I believe to be every possible emotion there is. I almost find myself at a loss for words in the shock that I still feel.We once again join in the adventures of the girls of Spence that we have grown to love. The story once is centered on the magic of the Realms and what Gemma must to with it now tha...
  • Brigid ✩
    My old review for this sucked so I'll attempt to sum up my thoughts in a slightly better way.Well, this book is kind of near and dear to my heart because I was reading it on the night right before my little brother was born. (Awww.) So, whenever I think of this book, I think of that. I also remember how it kept me up until like 3 in the morning because it was so scary and thrilling and awesome and whatnot. The ending was a bit frustrating, but .....
  • Lauren Kammerdiener
    Out of the three books in this series, this one was probably the best. It contained more of a well-developed, central plot, stronger characters, more twists and turns than one would have expected. BUT DANG WAS IT LONG. Eight hundred pages is too long for a YA book, if you ask me.I really do think Libba stepped up her game with this, though. For once, I actually felt a sense of connection to the realms: they weren't weak and flimsy feeling as they...
  • Rebecca
    Can I just start by saying that the 2nd book in this trilogy is the best of all. After reading the third book, I find myself still FULL OF QUESTIONS AND DISAPPOINTED with the ending. Seeing that this book is the last one, I expected to have a lot more resolution to the story of Gemma Doyle. I feel that the book was not edited well enough as well. The plot was all over the place, which means you had no idea where the story could go, and there were...
  • Eshusdaughter
    In the final book of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Order, the Rakshana and the creatures of the realms all want one thing - the magic. Gemma is caught between as everyone around her tumbles into chaos and the fight for the magic begins in earnest. While the creatures of the winterlands make a bid for control and Circe stirs, Gemma struggles to come to terms with the magic she holds and her place in this world and in the realms. As the story unfold...
  • Heather
    I think it is a great testament to an author’s skill in writing prose, when they can evoke within you such emotions that makes you want to throw your book across the room, when the characters are being stupid, blind, or just acting in ways that are so frustrating you want to scream at them. Or, it is a well written story when your own heart beats against your ribcage when the main protagonist is feeling love, fear, or anger. In my opinion, what...
  • Lauren R.
    Oh man, the feels and nostalgia. This series will forever be a favorite. I realize that this book was definitely way too long (probably 300 pages too long) but that honestly doesn't make me love it less. Gemma was a full-on badass toward the end. The other girls were total turds for most of the book though. Overall, I like the ending (minus one sad sad thing) and would totally read more if she wrote more. Just sayinnnnnnn.
  • Julie
    After reading the first book it was good enough to keep reading the other books although I didn't love it. I really liked the second book, but after the whole series was finished I was rather disappointed. I thought the story was compelling, but if you're looking for a book appropriate for you teenage girls this is not it. There are far too many points of view that if you call yourself Christian you will probably have a problem with. I really wan...
  • Alyssa
    WOW.Spoilers ahead.The Rose of Battle: By William Butler YeatsROSE of all Roses, Rose of all the World! The tall thought-woven sails, that flap unfurled Above the tide of hours, trouble the air, And God’s bell buoyed to be the water’s care; While hushed from fear, or loud with hope, a band 5With blown, spray-dabbled hair gather at hand. Turn if you may from battles never done, I call, as they go by me one by one, Danger no refuge holds, and w...
  • Myra
    This book was wonderful! I'm very sad to see the Gemma Doyle trilogy come to an end, but Bray sure took it out with a bang in The Sweet Far Thing.Rather than talk about what happens in the novel, I want to touch upon one thing that really held my interest throughout all three novels: the discontent that Gemma feels over the restraints and limitations placed upon girls and women. Bray takes the opportunity through Gemma, Felicity, and Ann to make ...
  • Kassidy
    This book.. wow this book. hahaOverall the series wasn't AMAZING to me, I really enjoyed the time period and the gothic feel, but I was never really in love with the series. With that said, this book is a great book, especially the ending. After 800 and something pages I felt very attached to the characters and the story, and I guess I did not really get that in the other two books. The beginning was fairly boring and sometimes hard to get throug...
  • Josiah
    "The rules of magic, my dear, are best not discussed. For once we understand the illusion, we no longer believe in it." —Dr. Van Ripple, The Sweet Far Thing, P. 314 Libba Bray built up to the finale of her Gemma Doyle trilogy with a pair of quality novels, but neither compares to the ambitious excellence of The Sweet Far Thing. It's an eight-hundred-nineteen-page behemoth, with enough text for four or five lengthy novels, but Libba Bray works h...
  • Cat
    700 pages of this book are totally useless. Seriously. I admit that my reading habits during the term aren't conducive to falling in love with long books because I tend to read them in such fragments. But this book I read mostly in enormous hunks. And even though it is a quick read in terms of style, Bray seems to want to be J.K. Rowling and imagines that she has created this huge world here with lots of intricate characters and terrain and oodle...
  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    20 1/2 hours of torture, knowing what I do, but I'm doing it, anyway. Because the story is so lovely in its sadness and life isn't all sunshine and rainbows and at least I can appreciate the fact that Libba Bray didn't lie to me about it.ETA: Not quite as sad the second time around...I found it more hopeful than anything else. So glad I took the time to revisit this amazing series.
  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    I know, I just finished reading Rebel Angels less than 24 hours ago, and here I am again. Yes, right after book 2, I immediately read The Sweet Far Thing because I want to finish this series and absorb every detail as much as possible. And boy was I blown away! The best series ever!The girls are back and the Realms become more sinister than ever in Book 3, The Sweet Far Thing. All have their own agenda and you’re not sure whether it benefits ma...