The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen R.T. Lowe
The Felix Chronicles: Freshman is an urban fantasy by R.T. Lowe. At first glance, the book is interesting: serial killers, college and magic, what’s not to love? It’s also 500 pages long. I love a big book. I devoured The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter growing up, and usually these long books make me happy. But this one… There were a lot of pieces to this book, and although the author found a way to bring them together, a lot of the time I found myself asking, what does this have to do with the main plot? It made sense later on, but I felt bogged down in the details. There were parts of the book that were so slow thanks to the descriptions that I skimmed, which I hate doing, but I’d look at how much book I had left to read and hoped that the story would pick up soon. Some pieces of the story were obvious to me and therefore lacking the wow factor when they came together, but despite that, there was still some thrill and gore that kept this book a little dark and me turning pages. I also didn’t really connect with Felix. Maybe it was because of the way the book jumped around, but despite him being the main character, I found it hard to invest in him. I felt more invested in some of the secondary characters, and thought the serial killer was interesting, so I hope characters like Allison get to play a larger role in later books. (And not just because we share a name!)
Overall, this author can bring together a story and despite the extra details, their writing is solid. It may not have been my type of story per se, but the Roman angle was interesting and I enjoyed how that all tied together.
My Rating: 3.5/5
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