Book Review: ‘Tides of Winter’ by R.T. Lowe

February 26, 2017     Holly     Reviews

Book Review: ‘Tides of Winter’ by R.T. LoweTides Of Winter by R.T. Lowe
Series: The Felix Chronicles #3
on February 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Social Issues
Pages: 343
Format: eBook, Kindle Edition
Source: Review Copy
5 Stars

Felix stood at her graveside, eyes burning with sorrow, voice trembling in the winter cold. “This isn’t a kids’ story. The bad guys aren’t evil for the sake of being evil. The good guys fight for a way of life that benefits the privileged at the expense of everyone else—hell, they tried to kill me. So who’s good and who’s evil? Is one side any better than the other? And what’s more important, individual freedom or the right to live without fear? How can I choose for myself when everyone’s trying to choose for me? I only know one thing for sure: when I decide, people are going to die. Good people? Bad people? How will I know until it’s too late? Maybe there isn’t a right answer, and that’s why I’m afraid—why we all should be afraid.”

At this point, it’s no secret that I’m totally in love with R.T. Lowe’s ‘The Felix Chronicles’ series, and his newest novel, Tides of Winter, just reaffirms that dedication.

There are some novels that it’s just really, really hard to explain what makes them great. Tides of Winter is one of those. And at the risk of sounding repetitive, what I loved about this novel is a continuation of what I loved about Freshman and Five Days in January.

The characters, both new and old are so alive and full of color that I feel like they could simply jump off the page and into my library. They’re real and flawed and so human, despite their abilities and talents that set them apart from everyone else. And every novel they continue to grow and shift and change. And let’s be honest, Allison is a serious badass full of girl power and pizazz and I’m a little (i.e. a lot) in love. Seriously, just give me a whole book of Allison.

Tides of Winter also continues with Lowe’s trend of mixing current social issues and fears and combining them into the fantasy world he’s created to make a truly compelling story. They captivate you as a reader, and it makes it really hard to put the novel down for even a moment, although there are times when you feel as though you just might need to.

And honestly, the twist at the end? Totally caught me off guard. I mean, I was suspicious but…what can I say? Lofton Ashfield makes for a truly compelling villain.

But despite the action, creativity, and world building that Lowe throws into not only Tides of Winter, but The Felix Chronicles as a whole, what makes his novels so wonderful are his obvious dedication and passion to the story he’s telling. It’s easy to see the difference in a novel that’s been written simply for the sake of writing a book, versus a project born of a genuine love. Lowe has dedicated himself to writing the best possible work he can write, and that’s what proves to make The Felix Chronicles magical.

I can’t wait to continue Felix’s journey with him.

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