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Book Review: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children – Library of Souls

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: Fantasy

Book procurement: Takealot.com (Online store). Also available at Exclusive Books and Amazon.

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 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.

Review:

This third and final novel to the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children trilogy, left me satisfied with how all the events concluded. Following a cliff-hanger second novel, I was keen to continue the adventures of Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom who just seem to be falling from one nightmare into the next. And falling for each other obviously.

The story paces itself well, like the previous novels, and the characters experience their trials and hardships in believable, possible ways. Sure there were a few “lucky” breaks but the two never get through their adventure unscathed. It’s a nice break from most novels where the protagonists get away with mild scratches and enough energy to power a small village., but considering they have had a week of continuous running, barely enough sleep and so much emotional turmoil; I’m surprised they survived at all.

Once again, fantastic world building and character development. The transitions between the loops, the various places they visit, the fact that their enemies seem to be everywhere, and the weight on the two’s shoulders as they race to save their friends, all work together for this final novel. I figured out what the Library of Souls was (or at least its relation) once an important key character showed up, but for that you will have to read it an find out.

The idea of time loops and “living forever” in the age you were in that loop is such a fascinating concept for me. I would never have thought about it in that way. Also one of the key points about the “peculiar” children was their restriction to the current time line, doomed to age rapidly forward according to the years they have “skipped”. This and the very unique Jacob who can speak to Hollows, combined with new myths, an amazing machine, surprising mysterious characters and revelation, all looping together to tie up the plots from the previous two books to make it one complete adventure.

A really great trilogy with a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful photos.

Rating: An impressionable 4 out 5

Nthato MorakabiBook Review: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children – Library of Souls

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