(Goodreads) With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan 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 bestsellingTiger'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.
The Short Story? - This is definitely not my favourite book of the series but the ending left me in a complete mess. Absolutely heartbreaking yet beautiful and bittersweet at the same time, Houck has given reader's the ending we all hoped for but somehow with it all laid out, it wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Filled with heartbreak, love, pain and sacrifice, Houck's Tiger's Saga is one of the great fantasy love stories I've ever read. This series is a must read.
The Long Story? - While this is probably my least favourite book of the series, it's the one that has affected me the most. I think because it's affected me, I don't like it as much as the other ones. The story got a lot more intense and that ending left me in tears. One of the reasons I love this series it because of the romance, it's brilliant. It's got a love triangle and it's somewhat predictable but it's SUCH a brilliant triangle. Two brothers, one girl and an epic adventure through the exotic land of India. The ending of Tiger's Destiny sort of saw the end of the love triangle and it was heartbreaking to say the least. I expected it but not like this, the sacrifice was a complete mind bender and I was BAWLING my eyes out. This is how love triangles are meant to be written. The book started a little slowly and it wasn't until 150 pages into the book that I was really hooked but it was all worth it in the end. I don't know what's the next book in the series is going to be about because it seems to me Houck has tied everything up nicely, however I'm not going to complain if there is another book!
Tiger's Destiny saw the most character development in the whole series, Kishan, Ren and Kelsey all grew so much and it was beautiful to see them grow and flourish throughout the series. Kelsey is finally putting her own needs before others and learning what it means to be happy which was an important lesson for her. She's so selfless and sweet, she truly deserves true love. Kishan has grown so much from the sulky tiger we met in book one, he's learnt so much about love, companionship, brotherhood and sacrifice - it's such an amazing change to see in a character. Ren, apart from being just perfect has learnt to cherish the things closest to his heart and to hold onto them. All three protagonists have learnt such important lessons and have gone through such amazing transformation. A huge step for the characterisation, absolutely brilliant.
If you haven't read the Tiger Saga, I highly recommend you do. This is the perfect example of one of those Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover instances. The covers are quite meh but what's between the covers are decent stories with the right mixture of culture, adventure, romance and emotional development. One of my favourites, Houck's Tiger Saga is YA fantasy at it's best! A must-read!
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