Review: Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trigger Warnings: Bombings; Death of a grandfather (recounted); Gun violence; Substance addiction; Torture

I highly recommend this book to everyone who has read the first two books in this series, as I can’t understand why anyone would choose not to read this book, after THAT cliffhanger at the end of Hollow City! This series has undoubtedly found a spot in my all-time favourite books. I cannot recommend this series enough!

This book is definitely my favourite out of the original trilogy. Fast paced throughout, the epic tale comes to an incredible climax, which you will not be able to put down. Throughout the story, the cleverly crafted narrative leaves you asking every question possible about the plot, until everything is answered in the last few explosive chapters. I would now write what seems to be the obligatory thing of ‘don’t read late at night etc’, but seeing as I can’t take my own advice on this topic, I shouldn’t expect anyone else to! All that I would say though, is to be aware that it may take some time after stopping reading this book to remember that Wights and Hollowgasts aren’t going to hunt you (unless there are some peculiars that are reading this before the final battle, in their time loops).

Library of Souls picks up the story exactly where it is left, at the end of Hollow City. I do, in a way, feel sorry for the readers who read this series as it came out, as they would have had to have waited to find out what happened next!

I’d be lying if I said that this book was anything short of incredible. It had anything that could ever be wanted in a book – twists and turns with unthinkable plot twists. The book’s final chapter is very bittersweet – sadness at the original trilogy drawing to a close, but happiness at the peculiars being safe. The first time that I read this book (March 2018), there was no sequel, and I felt that the series had reached a natural end. However, my review next Sunday will be A Map of Days, and I am finding it interesting to see how the storyline develops. The only questions that I have about this book are about Sharon’s peculiarity and who resets Devil’s Acre loop. The photographs are particularly key in this book, as it adds to the eerieness of the loop. This book had me gripped throughout – there is no point where it gets ‘boring’. One of my favourite things about this series is that once you think that there is a clear path to the ending, another plot twist happens, completely diverting your attention for a chapter. At the back of my copy of Hollow City (with the bonus features), four photos are teased from Library of Souls. There is a bloated water monster; mysterious ladies at cemetery gates; masked weirdos and cowboys and a young man who’s been waiting a long long time for you. However, the only of these photos that feature in Library of Souls is the ‘masked weirdos and cowboys’. I’m assuming that the ‘young man who’s been waiting a long long time for you’ is Bentham, as he needed Jacob and his peculiarity to safely get a Hollow into the Panloopticon. But Bentham may look young, but he actually isn’t, as he’s living in a loop (I’m guessing that he’s over 100 years old), and I doubt that Bentham would look that young, as the picture depicts a child. As this is a review for Library of Souls, and I haven’t warned against A Map of Days spoilers, I won’t say which exact pictures have been used in the next book. At least one of the photos at the end of this book are in A Map of Days. I’m guessing that the bonus features were completed before the final edition of Library of Souls was published, so parts might have been edited and substituted into further books.

Have you read Library of Souls? Please comment what you thought of it.

Thank you for reading this post. On Wednesday, I will be recommending my favourite mystery books.



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