The Sweet Far Thing

The Sweet Far Thing
(Gemma Doyle #3)
by Libba Bray
performed by Josephine Bailey
Published 2008 by Listening Library
20 hours, 29 minutes. Unabridged.
Rating: 5/5

The Sweet Far Thing begins as the older girls of Spence are preparing for their debuts into Society. Though Gemma has bound the magic to herself, she cannot make the door of light appear. She and her friends must find another way into the realms. When they finally make it there, all is not well. The creatures in the realms wish to have an alliance and share the magic, but Gemma finds it very hard to part with. Things aren’t any easier outside the realms. Gemma’s father is having a difficult time recovering. Anne’s fate as a governess seems sealed. Felicy’s future is in question. Gemma can’t seem to find her place in society or ignore forbidden thoughts of mysterious and exotic Kartik.

It seems that this trilogy just got better and better with each book. I was throughly impressed with this trilogy, but particularly this book. The story got more intense. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I’m very sad it’s over.

Oh the characters! There are just so many and I love them all. The wonderful thing is that we get to see more of them. We get to understand them and why they are the way they are. the development is amazing. By the end, Gemma barely resembles the girl we came across in the first book, or even at the beginning of this book. the path of each character, whether they come to a good or tragic end, seems to be mapped out perfectly by Bray. When I named Gemma as one of my favorite heroines in a top 10 list a few weeks ago I remember someone saying Gemma got on their nerves. I know this was just their opinion, but I have to disagree now that I’ve finished the trilogy. I truly love Gemma. I think she’s a wonderful character.

I also enjoyed all of the twisting and turning. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, my mind was turned inside out by a new plot twist. I’m glad Bray didn’t take the predictable road. Even after I thought I had been numbed by all the twisting and turning, she still managed to surprise me. It was a well-paced plot and I couldn’t stop listening for a second.

Speaking of listening, I really grew to love Josephine Bailey during my listen to these books. I might have to see what else she’s narrated. In the beginning, she sounded too old to be Gemma, but now that I’ve listened to the whole trilogy she’s become Gemma’s voice.

Though I would categorize this as fantasy, Bray does a great job of giving it a realistic edge. Things aren’t all butterflies and fairies (well, at least not good fairies) so don’t kid yourself into thinking this will be like some fluffy little paranormal romance where everyone gets their happy ending (I’m looking at you, Mrs. Meyer). Just like real life, there are hardships and they don’t always end the way we’d hope. I am always drawn closer to a story with this type of underlying message.


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