Reading Level: Young Adult
Size: 19 hours and 27 minutes (568 pages)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Tiger Saga
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the third book in the five book Tiger Saga series. The fifth book, The Tiger’s Dream, is yet to be released. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. I love some elements of the story and hate others.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobooks for this series have been very well done. The narrator does a great job with all of the accents the different characters have and with conveying emotion as well. This is definitely a series I would recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.
Kelsey is still reeling from the events in the second book; her beloved Ren no longer knows who she is. Her and the tiger brothers (Ren and Kishan) are still dodging the evil mage Lokesh and trying to continue their journey to break the Tiger’s Curse. This leg of the journey forces them to challenge five dragons in order to find Durga’s necklace and break the next portion of the curse. However things are very uncomfortable for our heros as Ren and Kishan both try to vy for Kelsey’s favor and Kelsey becomes more confused and conflicted than ever.
I love the adventure, the magic, the exotic travel, and the mythology in these stories. We get to visit so many awesome places and I really enjoy all the adventure when our characters go into a temple to break another part of the curse. The five dragons our heroes visit are highly entertaining and I enjoyed these parts of the story a ton.
I also love how Houck researches certain aspects and teaches a lot in the story (for example we learn about yachts and scuba diving quite a bit in this book). These asides and details on different things make the story a lot longer, but I enjoy them because I get to learn a lot about different things while reading this series.
Now on to what I hate….I hate the love triangle between Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan…it is just irritating and stupid. I hate how our heroine Kelsey is strong and smart unless she is dealing with the Tiger boys. I hate how much she jerks Kishan around in this book; she does it under the pretense of being sensitive and understanding but I can’t help feeling she is being cruel. I also hate the constant Ren and Kelsey arguments which are inane and immature. If you could take these parts out of the book it would be a better book, not so wordy and much more entertaining.
Overall I think I love the adventure and mythology enough to keep reading the series, but I really could do without all the love triangle drama…it is just so immature. I struggle with reviewing these books because I love the adventure so much and hate the love triangle and immaturity so much. I would tentatively recommend this series if you don’t mind plodding through immature teenage love troubles to get a good adventure story.