The Sweet Far Thing is the third and final novel in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy written by young-adult author Libba Bray. It was published on December 26, 2007 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, and has 848 pages in the U.S. paperback edition.
Synopsis: 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.
If I had to describe this novel in five words, they would be: this book is freakin' awesome! Hands down, this is my favorite novel in the trilogy and for good reason. At the same time that Gemma is coming into who she is and what she must do in concern with the Realms, so too is Bray really exploring with her characters. The characterization of Gemma, and others in the novel like Kartik, is superb. I felt so connected to the characters and could really relate to their struggles and joys. I could not wait to finish this novel but at the same time reading it was bittersweet because I knew that it was the last one. The ending was powerful and left me with the feeling of awe that only a thought-provoking, powerful ending can. If you have not read this novel, I highly recommend that you do.
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