Undone (Outcast Season Series #1)

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A brand new series from the author of the "Weather Warden" novels, who's as “Swift, sassy, and sexy as Laurell K. Hamilton.” (Mary Jo Putney)

View our feature on Rachel Caine’s Undone.

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 ...

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Overview

A brand new series from the author of the "Weather Warden" novels, who's as “Swift, sassy, and sexy as Laurell K. Hamilton.” (Mary Jo Putney)

View our feature on Rachel Caine’s Undone.

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...

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This fast-paced series opener spins off from Caine's Weather Warden series (Gale Force, etc.), with plenty of excitement to draw in new readers. Cassiel, a newly exiled djinn, is perplexed and uncomfortable with mortality. The Wardens find her and place her under the care and supervision of Manny Rocha, an Earth Warden who supplies Cassiel's aetheric and worldly needs. In exchange, she helps him with his cases. Just as she gets acclimated and starts trading smoldering glances with Manny's brother, Luis, Cassiel comes under attack by unknown forces, with deadly consequences for fighting back. Cassiel's struggle with her humanity adds depth while opening doors for more character development as the series progresses, and a cliffhanger ending will keep fans eager for the next installment. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451462619
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Series: Outcast Season Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 673,924
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Enjoyable fantasy

    I am not a fantasy reader, but I thought I'd give this book a chance. I'm glad I did. First of all, the cover intrigued me--a woman on a motorcycle. When I read on the back cover that this woman was foreign to living in the three-dimensional earth plane, and that she had been outcast from a world where she had much more power, I decided to read it. The idea that she had to get power from another human being to keep her strength, made her vulnerable, thus more likable. Yet she had to be careful not to take too much power or she would injure her donor. I was also grateful she was not a vampire; there are too many vampire stories out there already. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it was a cliffhanger, and the next book in the series hasn't been published yet.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    Graet urban fantasy

    The Djinn Cassiel was ancient when man had yet to appear on the earth. She is one of the Old Ones wanting nothing to do with humanity as she believes they are beneath her. Unlike David, she never lived amidst these human fleas; preferring life on the aether plane of pure energy. She is cold and treacherous even to her own kind. <BR/><BR/>Her life crashed when her Master, the newly made Conduit Ashan orders her to perform a task, but she refuses. As punishment for saying no, he changes her substance and exiles her in human form from the aether. Stunned Cassiel still needs aether energy to survive, but can only obtain it through the help of a weather warden. It is arranged that earth warden Manny Rocha will be her aether supplier in return for her assisting him with his job. The longer she remains in human form, the more she learns how to feel and that soon leads to her caring deeply for Manny and his family even his brother Luis. When tragedy strikes, instead of walking away to find a new host, Cassie and Luis team up seeking to find Manny¿s kidnapped daughter who Cassiel has learned to love.<BR/><BR/>Rachel Caine, weather warden writing wizard, begins a sidebar series with the outcast Cassiel that will enthrall her fans as this is an excellent addition to the growing Caine mythos. Cassiel is terrific as a haughty essence who struggles with humanization learning first hand what a human is. Her transformation is brilliant as she is UNDONE by Manny and his family. With an abduction to add suspense, this superb urban fantasy enhances the author¿s universe while setting up the sequel.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    An Awesome Read With A Kick-butt Character!!

    Also, I have not read the Weather Warden series yet, but that did not confuse me at all. If you're wondering, Undone is a continuation of the Weather Warden series, but with new characters. I'm beginning to wonder. I am really liking Cassiel, the main character in this book. I tend to play favorites, so when I read the Weather Warden series, I'm hoping I like Joanne, but I don't think I will. And, I hope Cassiel shows up in those series.

    I will say, I love Cassiel(like I said before)! She is my type of character. Cold, stern, unforgiving, powerful, heartless, everything you can think of. After all, she is a Djinn. But, then Ashan casts her down from being a Djinn, in the meantime stripping her powers away. Yet, she still remains kick-but! Over time, though, she softens a little, taking mercy on children(Isabel in particular), and Luis.


    Now, Luis, is her love-interest. Yet, I like it that in the book, love isn't the main focus. The focus is more on the war, and the mystery of what happens to Isabel. Overall, this is just an action-packed book that you will enjoy. At least, I did. But, I really like Rachel Caine, since she is an amazing author. For example, her Morganville Vampire series are awesome! I'll definitely be picking up the second book, Unknown, at the library, as soon as it arrives(I put it on hold). One last warning for Undone, don't get attached to Manny(or Angela). I won't say why, but I'm warning you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Extraordinary

    The main character is both sexy and tough with a story and characters that are unique. This book comes from an author whose books I had just recently begun reading and of whom I have managed to read most of each series. I must say it was a truly exciting adventure and from the beginning captured my imagination. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend this book and both Rachel Caine's Weather Warden & Morganville Vampire series'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    The plot of this series is pretty good, Cassiel is more than int

    The plot of this series is pretty good, Cassiel is more than interesting and has a compelling enough story arch. There is plenty that this series adds to the world built by the Weather Warden series while being understandable completely on it's own. There is a great deal that this series shows of the djin world and a great deal it adds to understanding the mythos of the world.

    All that said, this series was so similar to the Weather Warden series it wasn't worth the read. Weather Warden was written better (or at least was more compelling, I completed Weather Warden as quickly as I could lay my hands on the books, this series I never bothered to finish). Nothing that was done here was any different than the Weather Warden series, same themes, same general plot, very similar duo of characters (from strong female lead outcast from her society/support right down to [obligatory for this genre?] romance amongst the main characters). Really, aside from gaining more knowledge on the mythos of the world, not worth reading after Weather Warden.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Boring

    This book rambles & I just couldn't stay focused. Don't waste time when there are much better UF books out there like series by Stacia Kane, Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    This review is for B&N only!!!, B&N seems to refuse to g

    This review is for B&amp;N only!!!, B&amp;N seems to refuse to give people audio length (hours/mins) for ANY audiobook unless it is in a CD format. I am starting to go to Amazon more and more for my needs because they understand a customer's needs far more than B&amp;N it seems.
    pathetic that they lose a customer because they can't give such small but CRUCIAL information that would make a person decide to buy something or not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Definitely Recommend

    I was captivated throughout the story by the writing and story concept. Great cliff hanger. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2010

    Excellent Book and Introduction into a new series.

    I feel this will end up another master piece series for Rachel Cain. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because as first books usually go, it's an introduction so it's not always over the edge thrilling. I love the new characters and the fact that it spins directly off the last series and actually drops right into the crisis from the other Weather Warden Series. The ending is pretty awsome and leaves you wanting to run out and purchase the next one.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Interesting new twist

    An interesting change in perspective from the Weather Wardens. Probably better to have read at least one of the Weather Warden series before reading this

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Undone is a brilliant sequel to the Weather Warden series

    I love this spin-off! The main character, a djin fallen from grace, is well developed and believable. She is someone that most readers will empathize with by the second chapter. The plot is very dramatic and consistant with the earlier Weather Warden plots. I anxiously await the next book in the Outcast Season Series. Rachel Caine is my kind of author.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Outcast #1

    I have read Caine's other series, the Weather Warden books. If you enjoyed that series, you'll enjoy this continuation in the Weather Warden world. This book is told from the point of a Djinn who has been stripped of her powers and left as a human. It is a unique world and enjoyable.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    She's Getting Better

    The heroine of this new series by Rachel Caine is a much more sympathetic character than her previous offering in the weather warden series. This flawed, human, non-humanoid is a wonderful addition to the sci-fi genre. The plot is interesting, fast-paced and draws you in. The human contingent is similarily multi-faceted and fascinating.

    Try this one. You'll like it.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Love Rachel Caine

    I love the Weather Warden series, so was excited to pick up this new one. While the setting is in the same world, it gives you a closer look into the world of the Djinn. I was not disipointed and look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

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    I love this series.

    This book focuses on a Dijinn who has been sent to earth and made nearly mortal as punishment for disobeying the Dijinn ruler. She works with the wardens to prevent disasters. Along the way she discovers her own feelings for mankind. This book takes place in the same world and timeline as Rachel Caine's Weather Warden Series. Suspense, romance and science fiction combine to make this book appealing to readers of other genres.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    another excellent book by rachel caine

    this is a new aspect of her weather warden series. rachel caine is an excellent writer-from the weather warden series, outcast season series, and the morganville vampire series. everything she writes is great. the characters are unique and the stories keep you interested and you don't want to put the book down.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    A Not-So-Closet-Geek Review

    Cassiel was once Djinn. But when she refused to do what she was asked, she became human.

    Cassiel doesn't like or understand humankind. To live, she has to use the power of the human Wardens, so she is partnered with the Warden Manny. Manny is somehow different from what she expected. He gives her a chance when no one else will, and he trusts her enough to introduce her to his family. As Cassiel watches Manny and his family, her views of the human race begin to change. She can no longer observe humankind distantly; now Cassiel is a participant. She forms a bond with Manny's young daughter, Isabel, and a different sort of connection with Manny's intense brother, Luis.

    Cassiel is content to remain distant from it all until a tragedy occurs, and she is forced to partner up with Luis to prevent an unknown disaster from occurring.

    I loved Cassiel's fresh perspective as a human who doesn't like.humans. She begins as a very cold protagonist, but that changes as the novel progresses. The longer she is human, the more kind and caring she becomes. This is especially apparent as Cassiel's understanding of right and wrong develops, and her feelings for her fellow humans form. I loved the contrast shown between the early and late Cassiel. What surprised me was how much I liked her throughout. She doesn't come off as the likeable sort, but I understood the choices she made in Undone.

    The world Rachel Caine created, full of Wardens and Djinn, had a tremendous amount of depth and her characters were extremely convincing. Undone started off fast and never really slowed down. Putting down this book was near impossible and with good reason. A question is formed in the reader's mind during the first few pages that isn't answered until the closing few. Though some questions are answered, Undone doesn't really reach a true resolution. Instead, the novel wraps up with a classic cliffhanger. One thing is for sure- Rachel Caine knows how to keep her fans reading.

    It is clear that Rachel Caine knows what she's doing where writing is concerned. When the rest of the series comes out, I will be reading them. I'm excited to have come across such superb series recently.particularly since some of my old favorites (Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Twilight Series, etc.) came to a close this past year.

    ~bella aire~

    This review was written for the Not-So-Closet-Geek book review site:
    http://not-so-cg.blogspot.com

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Ok....

    Undone was ok. Caine's Weather Warden Series is much better. Maybe the next book will be better. There was plenty of action in the book, but you don'tunderstand what is happening until the end, which to me was very frustrating.

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    Posted January 9, 2011

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    Posted August 17, 2009

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