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Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houch

a review by Jade Hounsell

Tiger’s Destiny is the fourth book in the Tiger Saga or as it is now known the Tiger’s curse saga. This book follows hot on the heels of Tiger’s Voyage so it is not a stand alone book and recommend reading the others in the series first.

The book begins with Kelsey’s moments after she is kidnapped by Lokesh at the end of Tiger’s Voyage. This is the final quest in breaking the Tiger’s Curse that the princes Ren and Krishan have been under for thousands of years that causes them to have to take the form of tigers for so many hours a day. So far each quest gives them more time as men and less as tigers. For this quest Kelsey, Ren and Kishan must find the Rope of Fire and as in the other books, they will encounter lots of enemies, mythical creatures and face many different and difficult challenges. I really don’t want to give too much away, the book really does follow along the lines of the others, except for what I have to say a bit later on, but I can say that  there is a bit of time travel happening, a huge battle with Lokesh is fought, there is a death within the group and finally FINALLY the love triangle is resolved.

“With three of the godess Durga’s quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren and Krishan breaking the tiger’s curse.

But the trio’s greatest challenge awaits them: a life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga’s final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the bay of Bengal.

It’s a race against time – and the evil sorcerer Lokesh – in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the best-selling Tiger’s curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty  and finally reveals the tigers’ true destinies once and for all.”

Now just a little bit of a whinge here, so please if you are utterly in love with these books do not read on.  I am a little disappointed in the character Kelsey in this book. In the other three books, Kelsey has become a stronger character with each quest she, Ren and Krishan conquer  but in this one she seems to go backwards and revert to the awkward, indecisive character she was before all of this started. She wallows on how hard done by she has been in the past and while it is still very clear she loves Ren, she agrees to marry Krishan because Krishan is a safer option. Ummmm what the??!!

I understand this is teen fiction but who wants a whiny, indecisive and boring character as a heroine? Don’t get me wrong I have loved the other three books but this one was just a bit flat for me because of this. Not saying I won’t be reading the last instalment in the series, but I don’t think I will be hanging out for the release date like I did with the others.

[Perhaps Colleen was influenced by Twilight? – editor’s note]

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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