Tiger's Dream by Colleen HouckThe Tiger Saga #5
Published on March 20, 2018 by Createspace
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
A tiger left behind.
A goddess in need of an ally.
Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.
When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.
The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.
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I honestly wasn’t sure how it was going to go reading Tiger’s Dream so many years after finishing the 4th book. My reading tastes have changed and my opinions on the series, as a whole, aren’t the same that they used to be.
For anyone who missed the synopsis on this one and was wondering, the book is from Kishan’s perspective here. Yes, there are spoilers from previous books so you may want to stop reading this review now (and definitely don’t read Tiger’s Dream without reading the other books).
So. Here’s my dilemma. I loved Kishan in the series. Favorite tiger guy by far, lots of character growth going on there, and my hardest ship with Kelsey (not that I think she should get him, but that he should be happy. . . see? Complicated). Getting a book from his perspective was great with the one exception that the story essentially ended in Tiger’s Destiny. To be fair, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending but a lot of that had to do with my favorite ship but that was it.
But we have this 5th book, and I’m not sure if it was the way it was delivered or the way book 4 ended but I felt like it just added way too much on to the series for a final book. Sitting at around 800 pages, there is a lot of new material introduced and the whole story line is thrown all different directions. Furthermore, it felt almost like wish fulfillment where everyone gets a happily ever after sort of deal, everyone finds someone. Not a bad thing but the way it was presented. . . something was off.
I guess. . . well, I think Tiger’s Destiny shouldn’t be marketed as a final book in the series, but rather a companion novel. It’s from another perspective and you don’t need to read it (in my opinion) to be fairly satisfied with the rest of the series. That said, a good chunk of this book is spent recapping the last 4 (and when I say recapping, I mean you’re literally time jumped through 4 books worth of stuff for like 50+ pages). Right off the bat, I was already disengaged from Tiger’s Dream so reading on, it just didn’t settle in for me.
I wanted a new story. Not rehashing the previous one from a different perspective. If Kishan and Anamika are going to have this massive book to themselves, I want them to own it, not live in other characters’ pasts.
Okay, so I haven’t said a whole lot here but if you’ve read the Tiger’s Curse saga and are a Kishan fan, you might want to read this one for him alone. If you’re more apathetic toward the series, then I wouldn’t necessarily bump Tiger’s Dream up your TBR. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for in the final book after so many years of waiting.