Library of Souls
Library of Souls is the third book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. It is written by Ransom Riggs and published by Quirk Books in 2015. This book is the concluding book in our protagonist Jacob's and other peculiar children's search for Miss Peregrine. If you have not read the first and second books make sure to check out my review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City before reading any further.
At the ending of the second book, the bird Jacob and other peculiar kids thought to be Miss Peregrine turned out to be Miss Peregrine's evil brother Caul trying to discover the hiding location of the only ymbryne not yet captured by the wights by using those children. In this book, all the kids except Jacob, Emma, and the peculiar dog Addison are captured by the wights. Jacob discovers that he has a powerful new ability but still being an amateur, he does not know how to get the most out of his powers. Is it enough to rescue Miss Peregine and the rest of his friends?
If compared with the previous two books this one takes a huge leap in terms of plot. A lot of important and major things happen in this book which leads us to understand the motives of the wights and hollowgasts in capturing all the ymbrynes and raiding the time loops. I really liked it when they traveled through the dark alleys of Devil's Acre, a despicable and miserable slum of Victorian England where peculiars are often bought and sold like objects. We get to see a huge development in Jacob's character both in respect of understanding his powers and building emotional connections with the people around him even with the very creatures he is fighting. Readers are introduced with Mr. Bentham a character whose intentions are not very clear. It was nice for once to see a character ho is neither pure evil or good for once in this series.
There are a lot of things that are good about this book but the one thing that bothered me out of my wits how is easy things get for Jacob whenever he is in a tough situation. I would have liked it if he struggled a little more to get out some situations. Nevertheless, the ending of the book is very satisfactory and you will be glad that you took this three-book long journey filled with vintage photographs and became a part of the peculiardom.
“An opportunist disguised as a friend can be every bit as dangerous as an outright enemy.”
―Ransom Riggs, Library of Souls