Review: Undone by Rachel Caine

Posted February 3rd, 2012 in book review / 7 comments


Book #1 of the Outcast Season Series

by Rachel Caine

Publisher: ROC (Febuary 2009)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 305 (Paperback)
Source: Personal Library (Bought)
Purchase at: Amazon / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Once she was Cassiel, a Djinn of limitless power. Now, she has been reshaped in human flesh as punishment for defying her master–and living among the Weather Wardens, whose power she must tap into regularly or she will die. And as she copes with the emotions and frailties of her human condition, a malevolent entity threatens her new existence…

The Good
O. M. G. I was genuinely surprised by Undone. I did not expect to love this book as much as I loved Caine’s Weather Warden series. But I truly did. It was everything one comes to expect from Caine and her beautifully descriptive writing.

Now that Cassiel has been struck from the Djinn race and turned into a kinda, sorta human,  she has been having trouble assimilating to human living and emotions. And her assimilation process is violently cut short as something tragic happens that will change the rest of her life, short as it may be. But with the help of Luis, a strong earth warden, Cassiel is hell bent on destroying the evil entity that seems just as determined to eliminate the ex-Djinn. Of course, it’s not going to be that easy as this entity gains power and followers each day, and its final goal might be more catastrophic to the human race than Cassiel first assumed.

I just love the world Caine has created in both series. There’s never a dull moment in her books because enemies are just too abundant. Even the weather, earth, and closest friends are never what they seem. The action is ridiculously constant (which I love), and Caine’s characterization is superb. Not one character is the same. Each have their very own personalities, mannerisms, and motives. And for those who miss the characters we have come to love from the Weather Warden series, you will get your Joanna, David, and Lewis fix in Undone since they do appear at the beginning of the first few chapters.

Cassiel is pretty much one of the most amazing characters ever. Reading about her transformation and journey in a human body was inspiring. Especially when she was one of the old Djinn who thought humans and the new Djinn were worthless beings. I loved how Caine made everyday human things seem so weird and odd through Cassiel’s eyes. It made me see our world in a whole new light. Cassiel is both hilarious in her ignorance and frightening in her seriousness. It was so endearing how human emotions crept up on her ever so slowly. Her fondness for Ibby, the daughter of the warden who provides Cassiel with her energy to stay alive, was the sweetest thing I ever read. And Ibby was pretty much as cute as a button. She almost made me like kids…almost. Oh, and I am totally obsessed with Cassiel’s hair. You’ll understand what I mean when you read this book.

I really didn’t get Luis at first. He seemed a little unnecessary, but as the book progressed he became vital to Cassiel’s survival. I like the idea of him but he has not won me completely over yet. But I do love that he doesn’t put up with Cassiel’s crap. Come to think of it, he is probably a perfect match for her.

I was stunned with the twists and turns in this book. I didn’t expect Undone to turn out the way it did. I wanted to cry most of the time because Cassiel’s constant regret and sorrow over events she in no way could have prevented. But it’s understandable why she blames herself, especially when loss is a new experience for her.

The big reveal at the end made my jaw drop. I wasn’t expecting Cassiel’s big secret to be so monumental. With this new information I know the next few books will not lack in the action or drama department. This series looks very promising.

The Bad
I truly loved every part of this book. Okay, maybe I wanted to pull my hair out when it ended on a cliffhanger. Okay, okay, maybe I DID pull my hair out, but just a little. My hair grows pretty fast so it’s all good.

The Snuggly
Don’t hold your breath for any snuggly. Cassiel was an unemotional Djinn who is now a slightly less unemotional human. Sex is not in her current equation, either is romance. But there is a scene that signifies future romance.

The constant adventure and  “who done it” feel of this book made it one amazing read. Cassiel’s haughty attitude and struggle to fit in with humanity make her a fun and unique character. And as her human emotions start to crack through her iron tough shell of her past Djinn attitude, you can’t help but love her.  Any fan of the Weather Warden series will easily adore the Outcast Season series. Highly recommended.

I learned more of my human body, and the more I learned, the less I liked. Its machinery was too fragile and required too much maintenance. Food. Breathing. Finally, sleeping. The humiliating process of waste elimination was enough to make me wish fondly for oblivion.


The child bounced up from the couch and jumped in place, face alight with pleasure. “Cassie, Cassie, Cassie!”

I sighed. “Cassiel, please.” For all the good I sensed it would do. Angela stifled a laugh.

I had no idea of the human protocol for such things, but I knelt down, and the child rushed my arms. Warm, chubby arms around my neck. A moist kiss on my cheek. “Ewwww, you smell like burning things,” Ibby said.

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7 Responses to “Review: Undone by Rachel Caine”

  1. Sam

    Great review Jennifer! I’m glad you enjoyed this and I can’t wait to get started on this series myself. I love Rachel Caine’s YA series so I think I should get started on some of her adult ones, too. 🙂

  2. Sarah (saz101)

    Oh. My. Goodness.
    I’ve read NOTHING by Rachel Caine other than a Morganville short story from a collection a couple of years ago… this sounds amazing. WHERE does she get these ideas from? :S

    Jennifer, this is an AMAZING review. I’ve got such a feeling for the characters, world, suspense and whodunnit element of the plot. *curses TBR pile* WANT TO READ THIS NOW!

    *grumble* I just went to download the sample from Amazon, and it’s not available in Australia yet *sad*

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