Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck: Book Review

TIGER’S VOYAGE  by Colleen Houck
Series: The Tiger Saga/The Tiger’s Curse Series (#3)
Publication Date: November 1st 2011 by Splinter

Summary:  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.

Book Review Overview:

  • Definitely the most frustrating book of the three so far (but in a good way)
  • Once again, Houck spins a magical adventure in TIGER’S VOYAGE
  • Another cliff-hanger ending

THE INTRO: Colleen Houck does not fail to surprise in the latest installment of The Tiger Saga. In TIGER’S VOYAGE (aka book #3), she builds layer upon layer of an already complicated story  in a fantastic world where nothing is impossible.

THE FRUSTRATION: Personally, I found TIGER’S VOYAGE to be the most frustrating book of the three so far because I really want Ren and Kelsey to end up together. I love Happily Ever Afters – unfortunately, Houck makes it difficult to predict who Kelsey will finally choose (mainly because there are 2 books left in the series!). I believe this is one of the reasons why TIGER’S VOYAGE is a page-turner, I could never correctly predict what event would happen next. Essentially, one of the plot lines running throughout TIGER’S VOYAGE is whether Kelsey loves Ren or Kishan more and her struggle to honor her commitments to each brother.

THE BREAKDOWN: At the end of TIGER’S QUEST, Kelsey successfully tracks down Ren and saves him from Lokesh. However, she discovers that Ren has absolutely no memory of her. This is where TIGER’S VOYAGE picks up. Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, Mr. Kadam, and Nilima set sail on a voyage to find the goddess Durga’s third gift to break the curse by facing off with five different and dangerous dragons. These face offs include rekindling the light of a star, fighting a kraken, a medieval hunt to the death, bartering with a greedy dragon, and trusting a dragon.

Meanwhile, the tension in the love triangle between Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan increases. Both men compete for her love, and Kelsey tries to figure out which relationship would allow her to remain emotionally unscathed. Nevertheless, her efforts are futile as love proves to be a dangerous game.

THE ENDING: Expect a cliff-hanger. Houck has perfected it. (And this is all I’m saying – no spoilers from me!)

THE CONCLUSION: Each encounter takes place in a different realm. Houck’s magical world-building skills are astonishing – she pays attention to detail, thus creating a world that is unbelievably believable. Like the previous two installments, Houck provides the history and background for every element in her story (for example: India, the seven oceans, Hinduism, Buddhism, diving). I don’t think I’ve learned so much information from a fiction series since Harry Potter.

Once again, I recommend TIGER’S VOYAGE to the following readers:

  1. Those that have already read TIGER’S CURSE (book 1) and TIGER’S QUEST (book 2)
  2. Those that enjoy a fun and magical adventure
  3. Those that are fans of any fantasy series currently out
Well, what are you waiting for?


About the Author

Colleen Houck is first and foremost a reader. She loves action, adventure, sci-fi, and romance, and her favorite books include a little bit of each. After getting an Associate’s Degree from Rick’s college and transferring to the University of Arizona, she dropped out of school to go on a church mission where she met her husband. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and her giant stuffed white tiger.

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