There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with reading the third book in a trilogy: it wraps up the journey that we’ve been on, sometimes satisfactorily, sometimes not so much. But either way, we tend to judge the trilogy based on this book because even though we say that ‘the journey is more important than the destination’, it isn’t true when it comes to book series. At least not all the time.
Yashesh Rathod’s Frank Carter trilogy is a historical fantasy series that follows Frank Carter on an adventure through time in Something Strange Over the Yellow Lotus, and across the seas in Macabre Expedition and At the Mountain of the Divine Tigress. My reviews of the first two books are already live. Please click on the links above to read them. 🙂
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The third book, At the Mountain of the Divine Tigress, concludes this whole journey that Frank Carter is on. It picks up where Macabre Expedition leaves off, with Frank, Randolph, and Athena having started on a quest for the pellets of power to defeat the ancient keeper of time. They continue on this quest, looking for the remaining pellets, being chased by monsters and trying to get past trap after trap. Will they get their hands on all the pellets and will they be able to save themselves from the timekeeper? This forms the third book.
What I Liked About It:
First up, this interesting way of looking at languages:
There are two types of languages. The local one, forged by the mind of a living body, and the universal one, which we are all born knowing but unaware of using it. The universal language does not have any words but mere understandings. You don’t pass on words but you pass on understanding.
If only every human being was tuned in to that empathetic universal language, the world would perhaps be a better place. But it’s not, so moving on to the next point.
That ending was completely unexpected! There was a point in the book where I was constantly thinking, ‘Oh, they’re going to do it!’ but never had I imagined things to go that way. The shock factor as well as the slim sliver of necessity pulsing through that decision had my eyebrows shooting up through the roof.
As in the second book, there’s no time travel but it has multiple action sequences. How the trio turns Athena’s mercenary athleticism, Randolph’s magic, and Frank’s presence of mind into something that is beneficial to their cause is something to watch. It’s exciting, especially when they embark on a sort of an obstacle course to get to their destination.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
Unfortunately, the third book circles back to the problems that the first book had. The extra, unnecessary details and the childlike language that includes ill-fitting phrases that try to make the writing look cool, make for an underwhelming wrapping up of a promising trilogy. And even though that ending had enough of a shock factor, once the shock wears off, I believe it was too abrupt and unnecessary to have made its way into the book.
As I’ve said before, this is a promising trilogy in my opinion. Just a couple of rounds of proofreading and editing, and it would become a gripping one, I’m sure. But it unfortunately carries issues that I’ve already pointed out from the first and second books in the series.
Either way, you could give this trilogy a go, while keeping its shortcomings in mind.
So, what do you think of this review? Will you give this series a try? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂
I’ll see you soon in a new blog post.
Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 🙂