- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press Media Pvt. Ltd; 1 edition (14 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 168466277X
- ISBN-13: 978-1684662777
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,62,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Heart of the Tiger Paperback – Import, 14 Jan 2019
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Life in Oakwoods is blissful until a sudden tragedy struck, changing the life of Ella and her sister Kaveri drastically, taking them to planes they never imagined. Adding to this thrilling drama is the presence of a tiger that holds a different meaning to the different characters in the story. What the tiger means to Ella and what will it lead to forms a major part of the book.
The book has a notable title resembling the resilient characters in the book and also being related to the story within. The cover art portrayed both of the lead characters of the book as well as the scenic plantation area the story is based on.
Although it is a fine cover, it is not something that will attract me personally to the book. However, the blurb, on the other hand actually appealed to me. I was curious about the protagonist called Ella and her endeavours juxtaposing the terrors of a wild tiger. What mysterious bond did they convey between them? And, will such a special bond end well?
As we read the story, we learn about the events, year after year which in a way explains the behaviourism and outlook of the protagonist Ella. In the very beginning we get a good glimpse on the backstory of Ella, on her ancestral lineage, her actual bloodline and even the drama behind her name! Thus, the plot develops with the growing up of the beautiful sisters Kaveri and Ella, who were as far opposite from each other as is water from fire, and from there it goes forth to recount the mystical or fantastical spectacles and incidents that occur progressively.
I enjoyed this style of narration that enticed me into the storyline and I kept turning the pages till late at night. And, although it was presented in a simplistic manner, the author was able to recite complex and rich sentiments and passions through it.
The characters in the book had definite roles to play which they did well but I missed any kind of surprising or extraordinary element in their personality, already knowing the direction of the story or the fate of the characters before reading the subplot itself. Lack of interesting figures other than the protagonist herself as well as the author’s narration rooted basically only on the salvation of Oakwoods rather than exploring peripheral themes made me lose interest halfway through the book. But, it was regained soon as the plot took an exciting turn and ended as majestically as it tried to maintain throughout the book.
What I loved the most?
I really enjoyed the simplicity with which the author described the life in a flourishing plantation as well as the expression of a young, blossoming love. The enigmatic protagonist, her determination and arrogance, had a beauty of its own. Her stronghold on the legacy and family as well as her command over the decisions of her life will definitely move the readers. It was inspiring how Ella drew sort of a strength from the elusive wild beast that steadied her even against all oddities, and, enjoyed the loyal companionship of her beloved pet, Coffee till the very end.
The best part for me is the enigmatic heroine.....what a woman! Highly recommended, must not miss.