Wednesday 23 March 2011

Review: Unseen - Rachel Caine

For millennia, Cassiel was a powerful Djinn - until she was exiled to live among mortals.  Reluctant at first, she has grown affectionate toward her new human compatriots.  But for one Warden in particular, she feels something much more powerful.

After Warden Luis Rocha and Cassiel rescue an adept child from a maniacal Djinn, they soon realise two things: The girl is already manifesting an incredible amount of power and her kidnapping was not an isolated incident.

All over the world, young Wardens are showing their potential far too early.  and this Djinn - aided by her devoted followers - is snatching the children seemingly at will and indoctrinating them so she can use their strength for herself.

With no other options, Cassiel infiltrates the Djinn's organisation.  Deprived of the ethereal gifts allowed her by the Wardens, she soon begins to question her own ideas of right, wrong, and true power.  But if Cassiel cannot stop the Djinn's apocalyptic designs, all of humanity may be destroyed - including Luis.

Outcast Season Series:
(This is a spin off from The Weather Warden Series)

The Weather Warden Series:
Ill Wind
Heat Stroke
Chill Factor
Thin Air
Gale Force
Cape Storm
Total Eclipse

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This is the third book in Rachel Caine's spin off from the Weather Warden series and I would definitely recommend it to Weather Warden fans.  I loved the first series but I'm growing to like the Outcast Season books even more, the only disappointment is having to wait a whole year to get my hands on the next (and final) book in the series.  I would say you could pick up the Outcast Season books even if you've not read any of the Weather Warden series but I would definitely recommend reading this series in order starting with Undone.

Cassiel is still struggling to fit into her new place in the world - no longer fully Djinn but also not quite human she finds her lack of power and the fact that she has to rely on the Wardens to live frustrating.  Working in such close contact with her Warden partner Luis has had a big effect on her though and we are starting to see a much more human side to her, she is more caring and wants to do everything she can to help those suffering at the hands of her enemy.  She hasn't had a personality transplant though, she can still be very cool and logical when she needs to be, she will do what needs to be done no matter how much it hurts her to do it.  What I really love about Cassiel is that we are seeing a lot of development in her character, she never comes across as one dimensional and although you might not agree with her decisions sometimes you can understand why she makes the choices she does.

I have been really enjoying the developing relationship between Cassiel and Luis but I have to admit I was disappointed with some of Luis' behavior in this installment.  I can't really say why without giving spoilers but there were times I wanted to shake him!  I will say that he had started to redeem himself by the end of the book so I have high hopes that I'll be back to liking him more again in the next installment.  It broke my heart watching Ibby at the beginning but I was so proud of her by end of the book that I wanted to cheer.  I'm also very intrigued the snake girl and wonder if we'll see more of her in the future.

I can't wait to get my hands on Unbroken which will be the final installment in this series.  Considering the books so far have coincided with the last few Weather Warden books I'm curious to see where we will be in the timeline for the last book, if it runs alongside Total Eclipse there should be some very interesting times ahead for Cassiel and the Djinn.  I would recommend this series to any urban fantasy fan, personally I'd say you're better off starting with the Weather Warden series and reading all of the books in order but if you're not sure you should definitely give Undone a try.

Source: Library

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  1. I so desperately need to read this series! I just LOVED Caine's Weather Warden series! I have the first 2 books of this series, but am lacking the 3rd! Thanks for posting this review! :)

  2. Hi Lily, if you're a fan of the Weather Warden series you really must try this one too, I think I'm enjoying this series even more! I hope you love it as much as I do :o)



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