Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

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.

...And we have come full circle.... I usually cry and whine when a series ends, but when I finally finished The Sweet Far Thing I felt very content. I wasn't sad (much) I was happy. Libba B. did an amazing job ending this series. There weren't a lot of questions left unanswered-- at least for me, everything was wrapped up neatly which is how a story and a series should end. the story itself was a pleasure to read (there's no other word that could describe the experience). I loved all the terrifying moments, the small victory and that seriously shocking discovery (for those of you who read the book you know what I'm taling about). It was just a lot of fun reading this book. Yes I'm still sad and yes I wish the story never ended but this was just such a really good story that I not so upset about it...ending that is.

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