Kelsey Hayes life has been one wild roller coaster ride over the last two years.
She has embarked on an impossible mission to break an ancient curse placed on the two brothers that she loves: Ren and Kishan.
She’s fought flying monkeys, krakens, sharks, dragons, and evil sorcerers but yet the brothers remain in tiger form!
She has one last task to complete but this task will come at a huge cost. The goddess Durga has one remaining gift The Rope of Fire, hidden on a volcanic island in the Bay of Bengal.
Once Kelsey and the brothers retrieve the rope, they will face an epic battle between good and evil but the battle will test not only their fighting abilities but also their loyalty, faith, love, and bonds of friendship.
When the battle is over, Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan will all face their destinies but they destiny might not be what they had in mind.
This book basically picks up right where the last book left off, so it’s hard to really give an in depth summary if you haven’t read the previous books in the series.
You don’t want to read these books out of sequence or as a stand a lone book so this review might contain some spoilers about the series so please be warned.
Kelsey has been torn between Ren and Kishan for most of the series, and now it’s come time for her to choose. But seeing as how she can’t bring herself to make the choice, destiny decides for her but not in the way you are thinking.
I love how this book explores the whole reincarnation, destiny, and fate. What’s meant to be, what will be, and what’s been decided. Kelsey doesn’t really have to choose, the brothers choose for her.
In the last book, Kelsey made her choice and plans on sticking by the choice. I thought she made a good, solid, logical decision. But sometimes the head tries to convince you of what your heart knows to be true and that is the case with Kelsey.
Houck did a great job illustrating Kelsey’s inner turmoil and conflicts about each of the brothers. As a reader I could really identify with her worries and concerns about the brothers and though her ultimate decision was more or less made for her, the resolution was very fitting.
I was hoping that Houck would go with the less obvious choice for Kelsey, so I was a little disappointed that she played it so safe but again I think it worked for the series.
I really struggled with the rating of this book, I had a lot of mixed feelings about it as a whole. The beginning started off right where Tiger’s Voyage (TV) ended and there was a lot of action, but part of me felt like it could have been added into the end of TV instead of starting off TD.
After that, the middle of the book felt a little rushed. I realize the not a lot of time needed to be put into the prophecy and/or locating the temple of Durga or finding the volcanic island etc. But I felt that it was all a little too rushed and skipped over.
Then once they entered the volcanic realm there was so much going on and to explore as a reader that I began to feel that too much was packed into that portion. I wanted to savor a bit more of the realm before moving on into the battle.
I wanted there to be more tension and build up to the defeat of Lokesh and the battle itself. Defeating Lokesh was the grande finale to the novel and I thought it could have been a little stronger and more dramatic.
I was thankful that Houck didn’t spend too much time trying to convince the reader which of the brothers was right for Kelsey and there really wasn’t a lot of the ‘who do I pick, who do I pick’ situation going on. Yes there was some of that and a Kelsey did get a little tiresome toward the end but overall I thought it wasn’t completely overkill.
The ending was completely appropriate and perfectly orchestrated. I loved how she tied everything up. Everyone got their happily ever after so I am a little surprised there is going to be a 5th book, everything was wrapped up in this one I thought.
Part of me wanted to give this book a 3-3.5 rating just because I thought there was too much going on and not enough depth to some of the bigger issues being resolved, however I felt that the ending had such a perfect, fitting bow on it that it saved the book for me. I settled on giving this book 4 stars.
ebook, 350 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Splinter
ISBN 140279844X (ISBN13: 9781402798443)
- Review copy provided by: Own personal collection
This book counts toward: NA
- Hosted by: NA
- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 4 out of 5
Genre: YA, pararomance, fantasy, urban fantasy
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