by Colleen Houck
And here we have it, the fourth and final installment of the Tiger series!
The series did have a fairly satisfying ending. This book also involved a phoenix, which is my favorite mythological creature.
WHICH REMINDS ME. Somehow, when I was reviewing Tiger’s Quest, I forgot one thing I was going to mention, and that was the fact that one of the things I did not particularly like about this series was the way that it haphazardly mixed religion and myth, as though they are both equally unbelievable. I really know nothing of the Hindu religion, but I do not think that if I was a Hindu that I would take kindly to a series of books that basically, by its very premise says, “Your religion is a fairy tale.” In Tiger’s Quest, Kelsey and Kishan find Noah’s Ark, and it’s the same kind of attitude from the author–we can include this in my fairy tale book, because it’s the stuff of fairy tales. And I find that offensive. Not in a I AM GOING TO WRITE TO THIS WOMAN AND GIVE HER A PIECE OF MY MIND kind of way, but just… really? I don’t appreciate the mockery of religion. Like I said, I know nothing of the Hindus, so I have no idea if they would find Houck’s take on their religion offensive or not. So. End rant.
Ennywho, this book also involved time travel, which is always a good time, and death, which is pretty much never a good time, and the same stupid love triangle which is consistently OBNOXIOUS.
Still, this book, and the series overall, ranks a 3/5 for me. I may read it again someday, but it’s not really a set of books I expect to return to again and again.
Per usual, spoiler-rants below. ;-)
Mkay, so pretty much this whole book is Kelsey dating Kishan but in love with Ren and spends her entire time telling herself how Kishan is a super nice guy and really reliable and they’re going to be so happy together and she’ll be able to forget Ren and sheesh. It’s just so ridiculous, because there is virtually no way that she is actually going to end up with Kishan, so it feels like the whole love triangle is just filler. In the end, they get transported back in time and through a complicated series of events, one of the brothers has to stay behind, and Kishan ends up being the guy, so he marries Durga, the goddess they’ve been working for this whole time. Kelsey and Ren go back to modern day and get married and are super happy. Kishan does manage to send them a letter through complicated means, through which they learn that he was really happy and doesn’t regret his choice to stay be