Sunday, February 8, 2015

Tiger's Promise

Title: Tiger’s Promise
Author: Colleen Houck
Series:  The Tiger Saga, Book 0.5
Number of Pages: 121
Date Read: 2/8/15
Genre: Shape shifters, Novellas, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Synopsis (Found on

Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.

My Review:

This was a nice short story that gave readers insight into Yesubai's character. I also enjoyed reading about Ren and Kishan again as well about learning more about their mother. The readers also get to see just how evil Lokesh is with regards to his own daughter. In the version that I have readers also get a bonus chapter in the POV of Yesubai's mother, Yuvakshi. There is also a bonus chapter in Ren's POV of when he met Yesubai. There is ALSO a sneak peek chapter from Tiger's Dream which I am (im)patiently waiting for. 

When I first read Tiger's Curse, all I really knew about Yesubai was that she was the cause of Kishan betraying Ren and one of the reasons for their curse. There were also mentions of her in the other books but nothing really substantial. Needless to say I really didn't care for her (especially since I'm team Ren and she betrayed him). But reading this book changed my view of her and I actually like her as well as feel sorry for her. The girl has the devil for a father and all she wants is to survive and get away from him. She really is a good person and didn't want anything bad to happen to Ren, Kishan or their parents. She realized her mistakes in dealing with her father and the whole betrothed situation and tried to make it right in the end. She truly did love Kishan and liked Ren, so she betrayed her father to try to save them. All her life she was abused by Lokesh and she found happiness in Ren and Kishan's home with their parents. She was happy and felt safe, so I couldn't really blame her for wanting to keep feeling that way. Also in essence she was trying to keep the man she loved alive.

Lokesh really is a son of a b***h and I loathe him. He is true evil and has not a speck of goodness or empathy in him. He is a psychopath. All this book did, in terms of his character was made me want to go into the book and kill him slowly and painfully. 

I really liked Ren and Kishan's mother, Deschen. She was very kind and caring to Yesubai. She wanted to protect her from her father. She knew about Kishan and Yesubai's love for each other and tried to help them become betrothed by speaking to Lokesh. She was a very good listener and tired to help solve Yesubai's problems.

As for Yesubai's mother, Yuvakshi, that poor girl had no chance of surviving. That poor girl was thrown to the wolves and sooner or later was going to die. It was just sooner. 


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