THE SWEET FAR THING by Libba Bray

THE SWEET FAR THING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This trilogy closer fails to deliver on the potential of the stellar A Great and Terrible Beauty (2004). Schoolgirl Gemma is facing the consequences of her impulsive commitment to share the magic of the Realms with all magical creatures. Living up to her promises will require giving up her own powers, and without those powers, how will Gemma and her friends ever escape the choking propriety that Victorian society demands? Moreover, villains abound: Realms creatures keep turning up dead, villainous Circe might not be as destroyed as everyone thought and impatient centaurs turn against Gemma. Unfortunately, in this installment, Gemma’s mystical adventure has slowed to a grinding pace. After hundreds of pages of inaction, rich descriptions descend to wordiness and Gemma’s adolescent development is stilted, and the sex-positive, queer-friendly spirit of A Great and Terrible Beauty has vanished, replaced with a harsh magical morality. (Fantasy. YA)

Pub Date: Dec. 26th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-385-73030-3
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2007




Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >

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