Genre: Urban / Fantasy
Length: 500 pages (approx.)
I have awarded this book 4 stars.
Synopsis: 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 roommate 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.
Review: I have not read a book by this author before, but I am glad that I did. This is definitely a promising start to the series!
To begin with, I found this book a little difficult to get into and a bit confusing. I’m not sure if this is because I don’t usually read this genre, but I found the prologue and it’s relevance a little confusing. However, when I started getting into the main part of the book, the prologue started to make sense and I found myself really enjoying the story. I was also finding it quite difficult to put down! R.T Lowe’s writing style flowed nicely and I found it very engaging.
This book is very fast-paced and interesting, with a great plot and likeable characters. I really enjoyed the way that Lowe wove the past and the present together.
I liked the character of Felix, and found him well-developed, if a little quirky. However, in terms of interest, I felt myself leaning more towards his best friend, Allison, who was loyal, fun and strong. I also loved the character of ‘The Faceman’, who really creeped me out! I’d love to see more of him! Maybe his own spin-off book?
The reason that I have given this book four stars instead of five is the way that the author sometimes included information that felt irrelevant, especially in terms of descriptions. While this wasn’t a big issue for me, it did impact on my enjoyment a little and I often felt that the book could be shortened by removing these unneeded pieces of information. I also felt that some scenes either happened to fast for me to follow properly or jumped around a little too much, meaning that I had to go back and re-read sections.
I felt a little disappointed when the book ended as I was just starting to get proper answers, so the ending felt a little abrupt. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, though! R.T Lowe has written a complex and puzzling story which I’m eager to learn more about! Very highly recommended.
★★★★ – A brilliant start to the series. Complex and puzzling, I found this book impossible to put down. The prologue was confusing to begin with and I sometimes felt that the author included irrelevant information and the story jumped around a lot in parts. Eager to read more! Highly recommended!