Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

image1RATING: ★★★★☆

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortrss. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

What a great ending to the Miss Peregrin series. The third, and final, book picks up where the second one ended. Jacob and Emma are trapped in the London underground with Addison the dog and a terrifying hollow which Jacob has managed to gain control of. The rest of the children have been taken away by the wights and it is up to Emma, Jacob and Addison to find them.

*** SPOILERS ***

They discover that the wights’ fortress is located in a terrible punishment loop which has its entrance somewhere in London. They manage to locate it, and with the help of Sharon, a mysterious hooded man, find their way trough the dark, twisted and dangerous alleys to the wights’ headquarters.

However, gaining access to it is not going to be easy and they have to employ the help of a questionable elderly man. He has had an interesting role to play in the wight and hollow history, but claims that everything he has been involved in was a mistake. There is no-one else who can help them, so Emma and Jacob just have to rely on him and hope for the best.

When they finally do manage to gain access t the fortress they locate and free their friends. But this is not the end. It is followed by an intense battle of good and evil – but I won’t spoil the ending for you!

*** END OF SPOILERS ***

I really enjoyed the Miss Peregrine series; it is such a unique and interesting way of writing a novel that I applaud Ransom Riggs’ ingenuity. Although neither the second, nor the third book were as good as the first, I still really enjoyed them and was happy with how the series ended.

If you’re looking for something different and exciting, and enjoy looking at creepy old photos, I would definitely recommend giving Miss Peregrine a go. Especially as the movie adaptation is being release later this year and it is always better to read the book first!

No one can hurt you as badly as the people you love.

 

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