With such an action packed, emotionally driven first two books in Rachel Caine’s Outcast series – I had come to expect a great deal more than I got with Unseen. That’s not to say that it was bad, but it just fell a bit short of my expectations.
After Cassiel and Warden Luis Rocha rescue an adept child from a maniacal Djinn, they realize two things: the girl is already manifesting an incredible amount of power, and her kidnapping was not an isolated incident.
This Djinn-aided by her devoted followers-is capturing children all over the world, and indoctrinating them so she can use their strength for herself. With no other options, Cassiel infiltrates the Djinn’s organization-because if Cassiel cannot stop the Djinn’s apocalyptic designs, all of humanity may be destroyed.
I normally don’t mind cliffhangers in books, especially when there are more than one underlining plot in the story. But with the Outcast series I absolutely hate them, as there seems to only be one plot and it has yet to come to a conclusion – and that is highly frustrating to the reader who wants some sort of closure when reading a book.. at least partially.
The plot thickens! Ok so in Unseen we have some plot progression and Cassiel and the gang are getting closer to finding a way to stop “The Lady” (what the children call the villain). Considering the action I was used to seeing with Undone and Unknown, I have to say that I was highly disappointed with Unseen. Hell, in Unknown there was almost too much action, and I think she toned it down too much and lost something in the process.
At this point in the ongoing plot, I grow tired of “The Lady” and hearing about her and seeing all of the heroines and heroes, yet once again, fail to come to any conclusion. The only saving grace, as was with Unknown, was the fact that Cassiel herself has a lot of character development and growth in being human.
Despite all of the shortcomings about Unseen, I still really loved it. Why? Because I love Cassiel, and believe her story and progression (a once very very old Djinn, now a human having to deal with emotions and things that were once of little concern to her) alone holds this book together.
Also reviewed by: Fiction Vixen, All Things Urban Fantasy, Alpha Reader and Book Smugglers