I would squeal in delight to explain to you just how much I loved Undone by Rachel Caine, but since you couldn’t possibly hear it I suppose that won’t do.
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…
I was reading some other people’s thoughts on Undone, and it was said that if you didn’t read up to number 7 in the weather warden series that you would be confused with Undone. I have to highly disagree, but I will say that it does help to at least have read Ill Wind, which is the first in the Weather Warden series, so that you get an idea of what the world is all about. I might add, that is all I had read before diving into Undone. The Outcast series shares the same world as the Weather Wardens, as well as some of the characters – except instead of from a Warden’s point of view it is from Cassiel’s point of view (a Djinn).
I tend to take a week to read a book on average due to life just generally being hectic, and I started Undone one evening and could not stop turning the pages and before I knew it I was finished and starting the next!
The plot in Undone is very fast paced and eventful all throughout, and if you want action, BOY, does Caine deliver. Undone starts off with Cassiel standing before Ashan, refusing to do something he has asked of her. Ashan is, for lack of a better word, the leader of the old Djinn and Cassiel is a very, very old and powerful Djinn. Not without having its consequences, Ashan casts Cassiel down to the human plane to live among the humans in flesh and blood – this, for most Djinn, is the biggest insult (to be human).
Cassiel, in much pain and in need, finds herself face to face with one of the creatures she has loathed, being herself of the old Djinn – the new Djinn, David. Even as much as he tries to help her, David cannot seem to make the power he feeds into her (that she needs to survive) hold. It is the Warden’s, she comes to realize, that hold her life in their hands…
Much like in Caine’s Weather Warden series, the characters in Undone are wonderfully written and the world is amazing. Of course this might have something to do with the fact that the world in the Outcast series is the same one in the Weather Warden series /grins. To those unfamiliar with either series, her world is amazing. It’s set like today’s day and age but with humans that have magical abilities and half (or more) of the world doesn’t even know they exist.
I have always been more intrigued with the Djinn in Caine’s world than the Wardens and I was thrilled to find out that the Outcast series focused on one of the Djinn. I love how feisty Cassiel is, and that being a former Djinn she has attitude. This makes for a very interesting lead character! Of course all of the supporting characters are just as exciting because they come from the Weather Warden series.
Undone was rather fast paced and there was never a dull moment. If you area fan of the Weather Warden series then you must read Undone! I have been told it takes place between 8 and 9 in the Weather Warden series, but from what I read it doesn’t spoil a thing for those who haven’t read them.