Undone (Outcast Season, Book 1)
by Rachel Caine
Review by Beth Slater
Roc Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451462619
Date: 03 February 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Debuting her new Outcast series, an offshoot of her popular Weather Warden series, Caine writes about Cassiel, an old Djinn who has fallen from grace with a single word and forced to become the thing she hates most –- human. Weak, frail, inferior –- she could go on and on –- especially after she falls to earth and almost dies because she can't stop shifting shape and using up the precious energy she needs to live. Without the assistance of Djinn David and his Warden, she would not have survived the change. Now she lives and earns her keep by helping Manny Rocha, Earth Warden. He provides her with work and the energy she needs to live in exchange for her assistance and the abilities that she's managed to maintain from her other existence. But has the danger that sent her to the land of the humans followed her while she lives among them, causing everything to come undone?
Cassiel is learning the ways of the humans, and that sometimes your weaknesses can be your strengths when you least expect it. When she and Manny come under attack, she draws on reserves she is unaware of and finds that her development among humans may be coming along much more quickly than she was aware of in the face of tragedy.
Luis, Manny's brother, steps up to help Cassiel when his niece Isabel is kidnapped and the two set out to find the child. There are challenges facing them on Earth from Wardens, from other Djinn, and life in general in their struggle to track down the missing child, whom they fear may be in the clutches of a yet unknown evil force.
Be prepared for a lot of action and a fast-paced plot. As first in the series, most of the characters are new, but since this is an off-shoot from the Weather Warden series there will be familiar faces if you've read that. If you haven't, well, good luck. I have read one of them. One. And to be honest, it was very difficult to follow a lot of what was going on simply because I knew that so much of it was background from the other series. I think that you could probably get by without reading the other series, but you will definitely enjoy this book so much more if you know the other series. The cliffhanger ending will make you want to find out what happens next, in many different areas of the plot. But I'd read up on Weather Warden first.