Undone (Outcast Season Series #1)

Undone (Outcast Season Series #1)

by Rachel Caine

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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 frailties of her human condition, a malevolent entity threatens her new existence...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451462619
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Series: Outcast Season Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 704,066
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Undone (Outcast Season Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
echo1946 More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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Incandescent_Enchantments More than 1 year ago
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.
Cerulean_Talon More than 1 year ago
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'.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was excited when I saw that Rachel Caine was doing something aside from the Weather Warden series but still in the same universe.This time, the reader is introduced to former Djinn Cassiel (not Cassie), who suddenly finds herself powerless and cast out from the only life she has know. Undone begins with Cassiel's introduction to Caine's well-known characters from the Weather Warden series -Joanne, David, Lewis and others. After being forced to cope with her new mortal existence, Cassiel is sent off with Earth Warden Luis to start a new life.Undone is everything that fans of Caine's Weather Warden series -it's filled with plenty of action, fronted by a butt-kicking heroine and has enough twists and turns to keep readers interested. Caine's style is still as masterful as in the previous series, but something about Undone feels a little stilted and tired. Most likely this is due Cassiel's seemingly flat, emotionless character. While her lack of understanding humanity makes sense, it makes her exceeding less accessible (and generally less enjoyable) than Joanne. Also, since this series takes place in the same universe as Weather Warden, there is very little here that feels new. Nothing amazingly different about the world is revealed and while learning more about the Djinn was kind of interesting, it wasn't compelling enough for me that it could launch a new series completely.Sadly, Undone made me wish for more adventures of Warden Joanne Baldwin, as well as something more original from Rachel Caine. While Caine has created an amazing and vivid universe here, it seems like it's been just a little too exhausted and could use a rest.
eljabo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was a chore. I actually had to force my way through it. I really love the Weather Warden series, so was bummed by how much I didn't enjoy this "spin-off." The main character was unlikable, the story was dull. It was a complete waste of time! I could've been reading a VC Andrews book! On the bright side, this is one series I won't get sucked into reading!
jennclack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This an offshoot from the Weather Warden series. The two series intertwine which is fun for those who read both but still ok for those who don't. Cassiel is a Djinn who is punished (for what we learn later) by being made human. The author does a great job at turning her from a completely unlikable character to one you actually care about by the end. It has action, romance and mystery. I'm looking forward to more of the series!
Darkson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
UNDONE is a spin-off from Rachel Caine's successful WEATHER WARDEN series. The WEATHER WARDEN series deals with the Human/Djinn relationship from the human's viewpoint. The OUTCAST SERIES is from the point of view of the DJINN, Cassiel, who's been kicked out of the Djinn world and has to come to terms with the world as humans must live in it. The book starts off fast and moves along quite smoothly. Cassiel is a fine new character and shows a lot of potential for follow up books. The action is crisp, the characters ring true, and it's a hell of a ride.You don't need to have read the WEATHER WARDEN series first, to enjoy UNDONE, but prior knowledge of this universe adds to the enjoyment. A fine start to a series I'm looking forward to following.
BeckyJG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outcast Season: Undone is the first in Rachel Caine's new spin-off from her popular, cultish Weather Warden series. Cassiel is--was, since she is cast out from their ranks on the first page of the book--Djinn. Old Djinn, the ones that were never human to begin with and so have no sympathy whatsoever for the human race. She's cast out because she says no to Ashan, leader of the Old Djinn since the cataclysmic events of one or two Weather Warden novels ago.Cassiel's (don't call her Cassie) punishment is not simply to be cast out, but to be rendered effectively human, tied to a body, one body, that eats and sleeps and poops. What a drag. She's immediately found, taken in, and found a Weather Warden protector by the delicious David, leader of the New Djinn. There's a brief appearance by Joanne Baldwin, as much to establish cred for the series as taking place in this particular world as anything else, then Cassiel's off on her own adventures.As always, the story is both funny and quite dark. Kudos to any good writer of urban fantasy, who can create a world with such ridiculous premises--Djinn? really?--and render it so compellingly, well, believable. At one point I found myself thinking, "I don't think Cassiel, the former Djinn, would change her attitude toward humanity so quickly," and then laughed aloud at myself for even phrasing the objection.Outcast Season: Undone ends on a cliffhanger, with Cassiel, her Weather Warden friend and cohort Luis Rocha, and the collective fates of humanity and Djinn-kind hanging in the balance. To be continued, we're told, in Outcast Season: Unknown. Yup, I'll snatch that one up as soon as it hits the shelves.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Undone is book one in the Outcast Season series by Rachel Caine. What pulled me towards this book is that it features Djinn. You don’t find many books written with Djinn in them, so I was intrigued. I didn’t know when going into Undone that it is part of another series/universe. As I was reading I noticed some of the characters have connections and are developed, so it made me think that this is a spin-off. After reading I did some digging and I think that this series is part of the Weather Wardon Universe. The author showcases that their are things going on with the Wardens, New Djinn, and Old Djinn in this book. If you look at the Weather Warden Universe Series, Undone pops up between Gale Force and Cape Storm in the Weather Wardon series. Now, even thou Undone is part of the Weather Wardon Universe we can still read this series without reading the Weather Wardon series. I will say did feel a little behind; because of this series combo, but the more I read the more I picked up information and started to enjoy the book. Cassiel is a Old Djinn. At the start of Undone we don't know why Cassiel is striped of her Djinn powers and aspect. We do know she refused to do something for the head Djinn, but we don’t know what that thing is. Now with her being cast out, she is now human and must learn to live that way. She struggles with what a Djinn would do and what a human would do. She’s learning to come to terms and live in this human body, but still she struggles. It's interesting to see the two aspects collide and watching her learn to accept herself as she is now and work with the Wardens. Their are struggles, sad moments, and action. Now if you don’t care for cliffhanger’s then I’m sorry to say Undone leaves you hanging at the end, but it’s in a good way. We know that the store and adventure will continue into book 2 and we will follow Cassiel as she deals with a threat and her new life. Undone was interesting. It was a little slow going, but the more I read the more I liked and I’m curious to see what happens next. I will also be checking out the Weather Warden series too. Rated: 3.5 Stars
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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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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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