Unknown by Rachel Caine Review: Badass Djinn gains a human side

April 28, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Unknown by Rachel Caine Review: Badass Djinn gains a human sideUnknown by Rachel Caine
Series: Outcast Season #2
Published by Roc on February 2, 2010
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Second in the new series from the New York Timesbestselling author

Living among mortals, the djinn Cassiel has developed a reluctant affection for them—especially for Warden Luis Rocha. As the mystery deepens around the kidnapping of innocent Warden children, Cassiel and Luis are the only ones who can investigate both the human and djinn realms. But the trail will lead them to a traitor who may be more powerful than they can handle...

Like all Rachel Caine books, Unknown was incredibly intense. But unlike the weather warden series, where the intensity is balanced out by Jo’s snarky remarks and hilarious actions, fallen Djinn Cassiel is serious from start to finish.

The first book in the Outcast Season contained a different kind of humour, where the reformed Djinn observed human emotions with a clinical efficiency. However, the 2nd book of the Outcast Season seems to lack this humour, as the whole book has a very dark premise – Pearl, a Djinn enemy is using children with powers to do her bidding, including attacking Cassiel and her Earth warden companion, Luis Rocha.

It seems Rachel Caine has a knack for end of the world, apocalyptic scenarios, and while most of the Wardens are out on a cruise ship preventing a massive storm from consuming them (in Cape Storm, Weather Warden #8), Cassiel and Luis are busy with preventing Pearl from destroying humans, Djinn, and everything they stand for.

While I like Cassiel and her scary badass Djinn ways, the whole reason I liked the Undone was because the story seemed contained. We never really got a break from the whole epic feel in the weather warden series; the cast is always at odds with the rest of the world, until Undone, the first of the Outcast Season. It was refreshing reading about this Djinn developing human emotions for a young girl and her uncle, which added to the charm of the series.

Unfortunately, that’s the reason why I didn’t love Unknown as much as the weather warden series and the first Outcast book. The world is constantly under gun from multiple forces, and it seems a little too dire for the humans.

I’m still going to keep reading though, because I love Rachel Caine’s work.

Check out the review for Undone, the first book in the Outcast Season here.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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