The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (#1) by R. T. Lowe



The author sent me a copy (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star room mate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him. But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man — the school’s groundskeeper — knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.


Genre(s):  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Series:  The Felix Chronicles, #1

Length:  500 pages

Release Date:  2015-05-11



One day soon, the boy would be here in his office, sitting at his table, reading the journal. That was the plan, a plan that had been formulated long ago. His gaze snapped back to The Warning and he thought about the consequences if the boy saw it: His stomach turned again and a shimmer of dread (and guilt) inched up his throat, causing his teeth to clench.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Felix and Allison, groundskeeper Bill, some classmates and – some characters from other plot-lines. As the plot-lines meet sooner or later, questions the reader might have are automatically answered when certain events occur.

With The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen, R. T. Lowe has created several expertly woven plot-lines; each thread lets you anticipate something more sinister. The story comprises a broad variety of believable and complex main characters, still leaving enough room for the personal imagination. Nicely woven situations and thrilling interactions kept me glued to my Kindle. Quite charming: There are occasionally parts of sentences in brackets (I loved that). I had an exciting time reading The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen – it is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right after the prologue, a thankfully invisible friend of Felix, an invisible bystander in the other plot-lines. There is some violence and gore, it is still acceptable for the young adult (16+) genre. This is for you if you like characters with a mission, thrill with great twists, urban fantasy, masterly combined plot-lines.

A very thrilling book (the first in a series) to read again.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful (dark)
Pace Steady
Characters Developed (complex)
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (only hints)
POV Third person


About the author

R.T. Lowe lives in Newtown, Connecticut.


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Amazon (US):  buy link


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen?  Or – if you did not yet read The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



6 thoughts on “The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (#1) by R. T. Lowe

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  3. Karen, Sounds very intriguing. With a high school grad on his way to college and someone who like UF books, I think I might check it out 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • This book is a real gem. Food for thought, due to often complex and sometimes quite unusual characters. Let me know what you think of it, Robin. 🙂

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