UndoneBook - 2009
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Undone is the first book of a new series from Rachel Caine. However, reader beware....you will get much more out of this book if you first read the Weather Warden series of books before you embark upon this series.
Let me say that I LOVED this book. I'm a fan of the Weather Warden series. If you've read any of that series, then you know about the ongoing struggles and alliances between the Djinn (old and new) and the Wardens (bad & good). The new series focuses on an Old Djinn who is cast out (and her Djinn powers "undone") by Ashan when she refuses to complete the task that he ordered her to complete. The Old Djinn that is cast out is Cassiel. Ashan transforms Cassiel into a human with some very limited Djinn-like powers that can only be supported by energies Cassiel draws from a Warden.
Undone is a book of twists and turns. The set-up of the book in the early chapters has many characters that you will know from the Warden series, including Joanna, David, and Lewis. Those characters introduce the situation and then spin Cassiel off to New Mexico with a Warden who accepts responsibility for watching and "training" Cassiel. As the book progresses, major characters are attacked. Cassiel must attempt to navigate her new "life" without her Djinn powers AND while under attack from "bad" wardens and an unknown force. The motives and who-done-it atmosphere of the book will keep you guessing until the very last chapter.
Rachel Caine, weather warden author writes 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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"If your holding this, your an Earth Warden in trouble, and I decided you were worth helping. The bags contain cash, two new credit cards with high limits and a set of clean ID documents for you to alter. One thing: If you use any of this with my authorization, I'll kill you. Call first. You know the number. - Lewis Orwell's note that Cassiel read.