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Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck

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Tiger’s Destiny
by Colleen Houck

Tiger’s Destiny (The Tiger Saga #4)

By: Colleen Houck

Release Date: September 4, 2012

Rating: 2 Stars

Summary: 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 bestselling 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. A smart phone tag code on the back cover links readers to the series website.


I feel like I’ve read this book already, only last time it was called Tiger’s Voyage. Whether it’s the quest into another fantastical realm, the villain who only pops up at the beginning and the end, or the triangle that’s already been stretched out for way too long, it seems to me like the Tiger’s Curse series has fallen into a certain formula – and it’s getting stale. And with Tiger’s Dream on the way early next year, I’m not even sure if the ending, which seems pretty final to me, will stick.

I’m trying to think if Tiger’s Destiny brings anything radically different to the table, and my answer is a reluctant no. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a major character death, but it’s done in a way that Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan still get a translated prophecy, still go in search of another mystical item for Durga, and still manage to meet up with Lokesh for their final confrontation – of both the book and the series, apparently. There’s a certain obviously intentional parallel that’s emerged from the four books so far, each realm represents a different element, from earth in Tiger’s Curse to air in Tiger’s Quest to water in Tiger’s Voyage now to fire here in Tiger’s Destiny. But even though Kelsey faces different challenges, different tests, different mythological creatures each time, I can’t help but feel that these differences aren’t really that different, not when you’re going on the same kind of journey doing the same kind of things with the same two people. Oh, and the six page fight scene really didn’t help, that could’ve been paced way better, my mind was beginning to wander by the fifth paragraph in a row of Ren and Kishan punching, kicking, and stabbing.

I would’ve been fine with the repetitive storyline, maybe, if Kelsey and the triangle that’s been stretched out for way too long now weren’t so incredibly annoying. Spoiler alert for the previous Tiger Saga books, but once you pick Kishan, you don’t leave Ren hanging like that, it just makes you look incredibly selfish and conceited. And now that you’ve gone through the whole amnesia plotline, solo trips with each of the guys, and a trip with both guys, taking another book to make up your mind while angsting all the time is just not fun to read about. Especially when the way to resolve the triangle involves:

Durga immediately took a step away from Kishan, who looked at her like she was a tasty morsel he wanted to devour. She returned his gaze, and the looks that passed between them were steamy enough to melt the stone floor.

WTF? Or:

I acknowledged that I mostly wanted to sink a golden arrow into Ren’s unfaithful heart.

Melodramatic much? Yeah, Kelsey was so annoying in this book.

Then, there are the weird, hard to categorize things. Like the fact that Lokesh starts and ends the book as a creepy, lecherous old man *shudders* without the most interesting goals or even any plans to accomplish them, his path to power’s set up by Mr. Kadam basically. Or the fact that Kelsey spends a good deal of time being petty and jealous of Durga – I’m fine with flawed protagonists having a bad side, but if you want to see ugly, Kelsey’s behavior is something else. Or the fact, after being completely annoying and indecisive for the entire book, some very ‘fun’ deus ex machina gives Kelsey the perfect ending so saccharine and sugary I thought my teeth would rot out. Even the way Kishan dresses up as his grandma to fish for Kelsey’s feelings or Kelsey’s bizarre engagement scene with Kishan. Like I said, weird.

I really can’t say I enjoyed Tiger’s Destiny, I wouldn’t have read it if I weren’t trying to finish the series. Ok, maybe I liked the use of the predestination paradox, but that’s it. Otherwise, this book does nothing to dispel my impression that if you’ve read one of these books, you’ve read them all.

Go to Mitch’s review on Goodreads.

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