Published by Roc on February 1, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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’ve never read a series that depicts Djinn (ie. genies) as well as the Weather Warden series (and Outcast Season) does. No, they’re not blue genies that come out of a bottle but they have super wicked powers and a whole world of their own.
While the Weather Warden series was from a warden’s perspective (who actually happened to be a Djinn early on, although briefly), The Outcast Season is perfect from us seeing things from a Djinn turned human’s perspective.
Cassiel has definitely warmed up to becoming a human as she’s gotten comfortable in her own skin and protecting people that she cares about, Earth Warden Luis and his damaged niece Isabel. Unlike the Weather Warden series which transitioned between several major enemies, the Outcast Season is about one big baddy – Pearl, an evil Djinn (and her sister) who wants to wipe the Earth clean of all life, and to start over again with her as the ruler.
What’s dark and disturbing about Pearl, is that she’s capturing gifted children and forcing them to break and use their Warden powers early, which pretty much assigns them to an early death. With her newly found compassion and Djinn resolve for vengeance despite all odds, Cassiel is the perfect person to take down Pearl’s operation – before its too late.
As always, I really admired Rachel Caine’s flawless writing. The entire weather warden series and Outcast Season spin-off features some mind blowing concepts, such as New Djinn, Old Djinn, and Earth Warden powers. I’ve never been lost once, which is a real testament to the way she can paint these concepts so vividly in your head. While I was reading Unseen, it occurred to me that I felt the depth of pain and betrayal that Cassiel feels, simply because of her unique circumstances of being a Djinn.
It felt like I really understood the choices she had to make, such as going for vengeance instead of staying with her loved ones. That’s just what a Djinn…no, Cassiel does, she can’t sit tight while there are children in the world suffering. It’s evident that she’s grown immensely since we first met her in Undone, as it may have been difficult connecting with her then, but now, I can only see things from her practical, detached perspective.
The series really ramps up here with beloved characters thrown into desperation and reaching breaking point, seeing the bleak results of what happened to poor Isabel underpin the true evil of what Pearl does, and the true power of Earth Wardens. With a classic cliffhanger ending, I can’t wait to see what happens in the final installment of The Outcast Season (and sadly, all things Weather Warden).
Rating: 4 out of 5
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