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Unbroken

This is a review of “Unbroken” by Rachel Caine. It is the fourth and final novel in the Outcast Season Series, which is a spin-off from the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Unseen“.

As this book is part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel(s). I would suggest that you not read this review if you wish to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any plot spoilers.

Cassiel is still after Pearl. But now she’s got another problem. The Mother (Mother Earth) has woken up. She is in pain and she’s severely pissed. She’s taken over all of the Djinn and now they’re hellbent on destroying the human race. Being human completely blows sometimes! They’ve got to contend with natural disasters, killer Djinn (some who used to be their allies) and plague ridden Djinn, who are spreading sickness and disease.

And Pearl has extended her helping hand to the Wardens. As the Wardens need all the help they can get, they’ve gladly accepted her offer. Cassiel and Luis know how dangerous she is, but no one else wants to listen. They just want to get out of their current mess. So Cassiel is forced to cooperate with Pearl and her damaged children. They’re all pretty frightening, so powerful, but the void children, capable of completely destroying a Djinn are terrifying.

They’re still dealing with Pearl’s damage to Isabel. And Ibby herself (with the help of Es) has decided to transform herself into someone who is more capable. Es is as venomous as usual, but things are going ok. Now all they’ve got to to do is save the world, destroy Pearl, rescue the Djinn and humanity and protect the Mother. No worries.

I liked this book. It ended the series well. I loved the way it joined with the events recounted by Joanne in “Total Eclipse“. It was pretty cool to see Cassiel’s perspective of the same events. It was awesome to think that while Joanne was busy with her mission, Cassiel had one that was just as important. It was also quite cool to see how Cassiel interacted with other characters from the Weather Warden Series, and how they in turn interacted with her. Rahel was entertaining as usual. And so was Rashid with his leather pants. There were some sad parts, but all in all I did like this book a lot. I am looking forward to reading more Rachel Caine in the future. 🙂

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Unseen

This is a review of “Unseen” by Rachel Caine. It is the third novel in the Outcast Season Series, which is a spin-off from the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Unknown“.

As this book is part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel(s). I would suggest that you not read this review if you wish to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any plot spoilers.

Cassiel and Luis have Isabel back with them. But there are some issues with settling back in. Ibby finds it hard to trust Cassiel fully, and she’s also finding it hard to contain her powers and stop using them. Her ability is Fire (with a smattering of Earth power) which is not too great to be out of control with either. And then Luis gets a call from Marion Bearheart, who would like Ibby to attend her boarding school specifically for the abducted Warden children.

Ibby, Cassiel nor Luis are keen on the idea, but it’s probably what’s best for Ibby. Reluctantly, and after a life lesson from Cassiel, Ibby agrees to attend the school. The three of them set off on their journey to Marion and the others. The school is both a hopeful place and a sad place. It’s sad because the children are mostly orphaned and damaged, and hopeful, because they have each other and mentors to help them. Luis wants to stay. It’s obvious their help is needed. But Cassiel knows she must try and defeat Pearl, and to do that she must leave Luis and Ibby. That doesn’t go down very well at all.

Cassiel, in disguise, infiltrates one of Pearl’s compounds. Pearl’s cult is a bizarre place, where strangely enough Cassiel feels content and peaceful. There are gifted children and normal folks, and it seems like everyone has a place. Will Cassiel fulfil her goal of destroying Pearl? Or will she lose herself in the cult? Are Ibby and Luis safe at Marion’s school? Or is there a traitor in their midst?

This was a good novel! It was great having them all back together, and even though it was hard to read, it was good to have a bit of conflict between the characters, especially between Luis and Cassiel. I liked Esmeralda, and Darwin’s little cameo :), and it was really cool seeing a different side to Ashan. I really like the way this novel and this series intertwines with the Weather Warden Series.

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Yay! My review got retweeted by Rachel Caine herself!

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Unknown

This is a review of “Unknown” by Rachel Caine. It is the second novel in the Outcast Season Series, which is a spin-off from the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Undone“.

As this book is the second in a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel. I would suggest that you not read this review if you wish to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any plot spoilers.

After discovering a large operation involving an ex-Djinn, Pearl, now a major supernatural entity bent on revenge and the extermination of the Djinn, and the kidnapping of children that exhibit Warden abilities, it is Cassiel and Luis’ goal to shut it down. Isabel is still missing, and they both desperately want her back safe and sound. They turn to the FBI for help. Specifically to Agent Turner, an undercover Warden in the FBI. He promises to see what he can do.

In the meantime, Luis and Cassiel head home to recuperate. But it seems as if their relationship is shifting into something more than just Warden partners. They are attacked at home by a forceful but uncontrolled being, they trace the attack back to a child Warden. They disable him, put him to sleep and contact Marion Bearheart. She says she will take the boy. So Cassiel and Luis hit the road to take the unconscious Warden boy to Vegas it the Ma’at and then Marion. The trip is not without problems.

In Vegas, they encounter the Ma’at and the free Djinn Rashid, who provides them with aid. Cassiel realises that she must petition the Earth Oracle Imara for a special list that will provide her with very valuable information about the stolen Warden children. But the list must not leave Cassiel’s hands and no one else may touch it. Can they save Isabel and the other Warden children?

I liked this novel, not as much as I liked “Undone” (I really enjoyed that one). I am excited for the new things growing between Luis and Cassiel, apprehensive about the pact Cassiel made with Rashid :/, and nervous for Isabel. Looking forward to reading “Unseen”.

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