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 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.
First off I would like to say congratulations to Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi! They just announced she’s expecting their first child together!!!! Yay! I love seeing their pictures together on Instagram. I think it’s cute how two author’s in similar genres connected!
But anyway, I loved this conclusion to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I was worried it was going to have a really sad ending, like most trilogies often do. But this one left me pleasantly surprised! This another action packed story from Riggs about the peculiar children having to rescue their comrades from the hollows and the wights. Addison the dog, Emma, and Jacob must venture through London and into a loop called The Devil’s Acre to find Miss Peregrine and the other children who were taken there to have their souls harvested for a drug that Peculiar’s take there for enhanced abilities. Devil’s Acre is not a good place, it’s where all of the outcasts and criminals are sent from Peculiardom. The worst of the worst reside there. And this is where the wight’s and the hollows have made their evil lair.
Along the way they meet a helpful boatman who almost seems Peculiar but seems to have a secret and a lawyer who is not really a lawyer at all. He actually turns out to be Miss Peregrine’s and Caul’s brother who’s ambition rivals that of Caul’s. But in his own way and for his own reasons he wants to help the children find their friends and Miss Peregrine. It’s just a bonus that Jacob can now control hollows. Isn’t it?
I really enjoyed seeing the perspective of Jacob connecting with the hollows because honestly that’s what it was. He could become one, like an out of body experience. He began to sympathize with them and see that they were not all bad. But he ended up having to persecute them just the same so that he and the other Peculiar’s could live in peace without fear of being hunted down and having their souls harvested.
There’s an almost heart breaking scene of a hollow helping two neglected bear cubs down the road back to Bentham’s house. It shows that they aren’t just evil monsters. There’s a heart deep, down in there somewhere.
In the end, Caul leads them to the Library of Souls. They need Jacob’s ability to see the hidden jars in order for Caul to take on other, ancient souls. This is where you think the story is about to end but then a great betrayal happens and the ending of the story just begins.
I love love love Riggs world building. His ideas are so fresh and unique. I wish I could write the way he writes. Or even hope to dream up his kinds of stories. The only thing I wasn’t as crazy about in this book as the other’s were the pictures. I felt like they were the leftovers… They weren’t as intriguing as the other’s in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City.
I feel ike I don’t know what to do with myself now that this series is over! I think I’ll eventually reread the whole series. I give this one 5/5 stars.