Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest-this time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse.
Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER’S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.
After loving Tiger’s Curse so much I was torn when I received my copy of Tiger’s Quest. Part of me couldn’t wait to jump head first back into the fictional world I’d loved so much but part of me was a little scared in case it didn’t live up to my expectations. I was therefore pretty nervous when I started to read.
I’m so pleased that my fears were unfounded, within a couple of pages I’d fallen firmly back into Kelsey’s world. The book picks up from where Tiger’s Curse ends, with Kelsey on her way back to America. The first few chapters focus on her settling back into her old life and beginning to attend college, Mr Kadam has organised everything for her including a house, car and enrolling her in suitable classes to both interest her and build her knowledge for continuing to work on breaking the curse. Whilst she’s getting settled she continues to yearn for Ren, even her attempts at dating are marred by the knowledge that he is out there. Finally he follows her to America, unable to be apart from her any longer. It doesn’t take much time then for the dangers of the curse to return, and for Kelsey, Ren and Kishan to all get caught up in the adventure again.
I continue to really like Kelsey as a character, I think she’s a great leading lady. This book sees Ren play a much smaller role in the adventure instead allowing Kishan to come to the fore. I really enjoyed getting to know him better, whilst he is definitely cast in the bad boy role he is a fully three dimensional and sympathetic character. I had thought at the end of Tiger’s Curse that Ren was the tiger for me, however now I am completely torn and think that for now at least I’m going to put off choosing a tiger!
There are some wonderfully humorous scenes in the book, Kelsey’s attempts at dating and Ren’s attempt to assert his position in her life both entertained me fully. My favourite section was when Kelsey and Kishan are beyond the spirit gate, the world described there is wonderful and very lovely. The action sequence towards the end of the book had me on the edge of my seat, I’m sure at times I was holding my breath as I read!
This book completely lived up to the promise of the first, I loved that Kelsey got a bit of time back in the real world – I really enjoyed reading about it and I liked that it meant we got to see more of Ren outside of the adventuring. I loved that the adventure continued but with the added benefit of allowing the reader to get to know Kishan better. The movement of the action into Tibet meant Houck could explore new mythology, she continues to weave this seamlessly into the plot.
I loved this book and am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series – Tiger’s Voyage. My only slight gripe is that after getting the first two books so close together we have to wait for the subsequent titles, I’m feeling a bit impatient about wanting to get on with this story!
Tiger’s Quest is published in paperback by Hodder in the UK priced £6.99. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.