Tiger’s Voyage (The Tiger Saga, Book 3) by Colleen Houck
Synopsis: With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.
About the Author: Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
Genre: fantasy, YA, romance
More Info: hardcover, 568 pages, published by Splinter (reprint) on May 6, 2014
I have to say, Tiger’s Voyage is my favorite.
This book, compared to the last two, has much better pacing. There is more filler in the form of events as opposed to suspended time or drawn out explanations from Mr. Kadam. The scenes were faster and easier to follow. Some of the scuba informational scenes were slightly dull, but Wes totally made up for it. That Texan was so darn charming and cute.
The quest Tiger’s Voyage was epic. It was more like a quest than in the past two books: danger at every turn, dragons, sailing, scuba diving, negotiating, obstacles, myth, love, and …
and did I mention dragons? The dragons were one of my favorite elements in the story. They were all so interesting and unique. They take the form of Chinese dragons (snake-like, without wings) and are born from Mother Earth and Father Time. Here are the 5 dragons: Red-conniving-Longjun, Blue-lazy -Quinlong, Green-hunter-Luselong, Gold-greedy-Jinselong, and White-wise-Yinbailong. At each stop on their journey to collect Durga’s pearl necklace, the trio must complete some task to satisfy the current dragon and receive the clue to push forward. These tasks range in difficulty and length, encompassing all of the character’s skill and intelligence.
All of this occurs in another dimension. They are usually on their expensive and expansive yacht, the Deschen. However, they occasionally venture to land, sky palaces, and undersea castles. Two of my favorite scenes not related to the quest are the Star Festival and Kelsey’s independent moment in the salon. 🙂
The competition between the boys escalates in this novel. They both care for Kelsey, but Ren literally can’t stand to be around her, which complicates their relationship and their mission. Kishan is patient beyond imagining, a solid supporter of Kelsey. On the other hand, Ren is changed but still the same protective boyfriend. He pushes Kelsey away and loves her from a distance (which is one of my pet peeve tropes. I appreciate the sentiment, but ugh!). He only wants her to be safe, even if that means she can’t be with him. When a twist comes along, Kelsey must continually decide between the two men.
The end brings more conflict with Lokesh and shifts the finale into a cliffhanger…which leads the reader directly into book 4, Tiger’s Destiny.
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