Anything Victoria Schwab touches turns to instant magic. Tunnel of Bones was a delight to read and I preferred this (maybe slightly) more than City of Ghosts, but perhaps that’s just because I’m already used to the characters and didn’t have to get to know them all over again. The book made me want to drive to Paris and watch a ghost show or two (and I might even do the ghost tour part when I’m in Paris at the end of October).
In this second book, Paris plays the perfect backdrop to our ghost story. I’ve always wanted to visit the catacombs and Schwab brings them to life in an eerily beautiful way. It even makes you feel as if you are there with Cassidy and Jacob. The catacombs that run beneath the city are so interesting, with wrought history and even more interesting lore. There’s centuries-old chatter about people going into the catacombs and never returning, their spirits forever haunting the tunnels of bones.
The development of Jacob’s character and Cassidy’s relationship with him was great. I am super interested to see what happens in the next instalment. Schwab is awesome at creating tension and building a story and then leaving it at the cliffhanger. Also, the Harry Potter references were fun throughout and juvenile voice was consistent. It’s well written and intense.
And after that ending? I’m excited to see what happens next… This is an excellent series and I am thoroughly looking forward to the next book (for which we ‘only’ have to wait another year….)