Title: Library of Souls
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Synopsis: A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion withLibrary 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 fortress. 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. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience
The final installment in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left me with no complaints..
Ransom Riggs has this ability to capture a fairy tale-like adventure in his novels. There is this simplicity yet there is also depth. There is an organised sequence of events in the book which prevents the reader from getting lost in all the hustle-bustle.
The novel leaves you with life lessons about love, friendships and family I swear it’s not in a cheesy way though, more like a realistic and down to Earth way. It explores the nature of war and evil, the hunger for power and some quite serious themes in what I’ve already said is a special yet simple setting.
The character development is absolutely phenomenal. What was especially important was Jacob’s struggle in existing between the peculiar world and the normal world and his struggle throughout the novel between the Jacob he had become and the Jacob he was and him eventually finding out that it was possible to be both. This led him to develop his Peculiar abilities. I like how this character development happened gradually throughout the novel and wasn’t a dramatic “breakthrough” of sorts.
I like how Jacob wasn’t always given the limelight, side-characters had their pasts explained and Jacob and Emma’s relationship which might just be the sweetest thing was resolved in its own way.
The world building was uh-mazing. From the beginning I had a clear picture of the British slum Devil’s Acre created in my mind. The photographs definitely helped. Riggs did a beautiful job of capturing the character of the place and the adversities people face living in such conditions and how it shapes them.
Peppered throughout the novel amidst war and chaos was a sort of dry humour which I very much enjoyed since it gave you a bit of a break and kept you grounded in a way.
Not to mention the vintage photography which has been present in all the novels of the series again added uniqueness and aided the reader in picturing peculiar things which might have otherwise been difficult to picture.
The final book in the series satisfied all my needs but it did just that, there wasn’t an element of MORE if you know what I mean but overall a must-read in my opinion.