Review: A Map of Days – Ransom Riggs

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trigger Warnings: Blood; Gun violence; Kidnapping; Knife violence; Physical injuries; Recreational drug use; Smoking; Tear gas

I highly recommend this book to anyone who really enjoyed the original trilogy of this series. Although I found that it took a while to get into the ‘misson’ of the book, once I properly got into this book, I couldn’t put it down.

I like how this trilogy is starting as the opposite to the first trilogy – this time, it’s the peculiars that find Jacob’s house and learn to be ‘normal’, which is completely alien to them. This makes the series seem like a full circle, and echos Jacob’s lack of knowledge when he first entered the time loop on Cairnholm island. As much as I loved the photos to enhance the storyline, I feel that having them in colour diminished their eerieness. As we, as readers, are accustomed to seeing coloured photos, this makes them seem like something that we might see in a family photo album – not in a creepy book. I felt that with the black and white photos in the previous books, I would associate it with old times and shadows (similar to Hollowgasts). However, this does not detract from the fact that this book is incredibly well-written, and the story takes the most unexpected twists and turns.

This book is the sequel to Library of Souls that I never knew I needed until I had read it. American peculiardom couldn’t be more different from European peculiardom, and I really like that, as I feel that having ‘ordinary’ loops with ymbrynes would have diminished the adventure aspect of this book (as I know that any ymbryne that they came across would have sent the children back to Miss Peregrine). What is sad though about this book though is that Fiona isn’t present, as she potentially died in Library of Souls (it is never said if she survived the Wight’s raid on Miss Wren’s menagerie). Hopefully, the rest of this trilogy will let us know if she survived. However, when I was looking on the internet, researching The Conference of the Birds, I have seen a spoiler that might have answered this question for me (I won’t say what it is here).

Have you read A Map of Days? Please comment what you thought about it.

Thank you for reading this post. On Sunday, I will be reviewing Tales of the Peculiar.



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