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It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Having bound the wild, dark magic of the realms to her, Gemma has forged unlikely and unsuspected new alliances both with the headstrong Felicity and timid Ann, Kartik, the exotic young man whose companionship is forbidden, and the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test those bonds.

As her friendship with Felicity and Ann faces its gravest trial, and with the Order grappling for control of the realms, Gemma is compelled to decide once and for all which path she is meant to take.

Pulled forward by fate, the destiny Gemma faces threatens to set chaos loose, not only in the realms, but also upon the rigid Victorian society whose rules Gemma has both defied and followed. Where does Gemma really belong? And will she, can she, survive?
Published: Simon & Schuster UK on
ISBN: 9781847387189
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Quite a good ending to the series.more
Quite a good ending to the series.more
reread : I still think that this book in the series could use a good editor ( 200 pages of back and forth in the realms could really stand to be trimmed ) and I am yet again confused on how Felicity's path is somehow neatly resolved, but all in all, I do enjoy this books.more
Gemma is forced to (finally) decide what to do with the magic of the realms now that forces of evil have begun to openly move to seize it. The time has also come for the girls to leave school and make their debuts along with choices about their futures.OMG that was soooo loooooong. (Apparently teen Victorian lit puts me in the mood for txt speak.) Seriously, make a decision. Any decision. The realms and your lives are in danger. Do NOT play games in a castle.I enjoyed most of the themes here, and, for the most part, I was glad of the way things ended, as well, but by the end of it, when she talked about every character's longing, I was mostly just longing for her to get on with it. Yay for strong female characters. Still pretty glad I read the series.*Spoilery Bits!!!*++++++++++++++++++1. Thank goodness Ann finally had some strength, but I wish she had kicked a little more booty in the realms, too. She was kind of inconsequential there. 2. Yay for GLBTQ characters, but did she really have to be abused as a child first? 3. Kartik being gone was really the easy way out. It would've been a lot harder to explain how they got on with their life if he had continued to exist in this world.more
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Quite a good ending to the series.more
Quite a good ending to the series.more
reread : I still think that this book in the series could use a good editor ( 200 pages of back and forth in the realms could really stand to be trimmed ) and I am yet again confused on how Felicity's path is somehow neatly resolved, but all in all, I do enjoy this books.more
Gemma is forced to (finally) decide what to do with the magic of the realms now that forces of evil have begun to openly move to seize it. The time has also come for the girls to leave school and make their debuts along with choices about their futures.OMG that was soooo loooooong. (Apparently teen Victorian lit puts me in the mood for txt speak.) Seriously, make a decision. Any decision. The realms and your lives are in danger. Do NOT play games in a castle.I enjoyed most of the themes here, and, for the most part, I was glad of the way things ended, as well, but by the end of it, when she talked about every character's longing, I was mostly just longing for her to get on with it. Yay for strong female characters. Still pretty glad I read the series.*Spoilery Bits!!!*++++++++++++++++++1. Thank goodness Ann finally had some strength, but I wish she had kicked a little more booty in the realms, too. She was kind of inconsequential there. 2. Yay for GLBTQ characters, but did she really have to be abused as a child first? 3. Kartik being gone was really the easy way out. It would've been a lot harder to explain how they got on with their life if he had continued to exist in this world.more
Although, I feel that Libba Bray threw in everything even the kitchen sink in this one I do believe that it was a good conclusion to the series. Again, Gemma and the girls must deal with very serious issues on both internal and external levels. As they attempt to restore the Realms they must look inside themselves. The result is a harrowing journey through darkness and into light.more
While the size of this book daunted me a little, I tore through it. The plot twisted in ways I didn’t think, and the ending was gut-wrenchingly good. (In that NOOO must these characters die, stay here, I love you! way) I loved Gemma’s dealings with everyone trying to get her magic and how she tries to stay on her own path without descending into darkness. Ann’s story was completely heart-breaking for a good chunk of the book, and I almost cheered when she decided to take her life and destiny into her own hands. The only thing I didn’t like was the third-person prologue—it makes sense in context, but it’s jarring to see the narrative out of Gemma’s head. I was afraid that the size of the book would mean a long, drawn out ending book that will. Not. End, but I loved every page of this.more
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