Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Unbroken by Rachel Caine - 4.5 Wine Glasses

(Outcast Season #4)
by Rachel Caine 
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Roc
ISBN 1101575611 
Purchased by Reviewer
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For millennia, Cassiel was a powerful Djinn--until she was exiled to live among mortals. Now the threat of an apocalypse looms, and Cassiel is in danger of losing everything she has come to hold dear... As the world begins to fall apart around her, Cassiel finds herself fighting those she once called her own: the Djinn. With Weather Warden Luis Rocha and the rescued child Ibby by her side, Cassiel struggles to find a way to protect those who are in her charge and come to terms with the leadership role she never asked for. Cassiel is opposed by Pearl--a powerful Djinn bent on raising an army of kidnapped Warden children to bring about nothing less than the end of the world. It will take everything Cassiel has to stop the Djinn from starting a war that will wipe all of humanity from the face of the earth. She knows that this might not be a battle she can survive, but protecting those she loves is worth any cost...

Crystal's Thoughts: 
Unbroken is an explosive conclusion to a must-read urban fantasy series!

Cassiel was a True Djinn, cast down to live as a human after refusing an order from their leader, Ashan. She has been living as a Warden, and must be linked to one to remain alive. At first she held disdain for humans and the New Djinns that came from them. But being linked to her Warden partner Luis Rocha, she has learned human emotions and come to love Luis and his niece Ibby. The Mother (Earth) and her arch nemesis, Pearl, are determined however to take Cassiel's new found family away from her, and the entire world along with them. Unless Cassiel can finally do what she was asked to do so long ago by Ashan, destroy humanity and save the world, or watch it all burn.

Wow, what an end to a truly gripping series! Packed near bursting with action on every page, you're sure to finish this book in one sitting because you won't be able to put it down! A complex story line, end of the world suspense and danger, human betrayal, rogue djinn, and scary children on the corn! My only disappointment was that the action overshadowed the romance, which in a UF is expected but for my smut loving heart, I was left wanting. The characters however continued to shine which I expected no less from author Rachel Caine. Cassiel's character shows an abundance of growth throughout the series and in Unbroken, she has finally reached her pinnacle. She is strong, fierce and determined. Not quite human, yet not quite djinn any longer. I am so sad to see this and the Weather Warden series come to an end, these are characters that you will still be thinking of years later and will come back to again and again. 

In my opinion  this series should be read in order to grasp the full series arc. It is a spin-off of an all-time favorite UF series of mine, the Weather Wardens, but you don't have to read that series to understand this one. Though you're missing out on a unique and exceptional series if you don't! And of course I LOVED the David, Joanne, and Lewis cameos/tie-ins in this book!

Non stop action, thrilling adventure and heart pounding romance - be sure to pick up Unbroken and it's predecessors today! 

Series reading order:
1. Undone
2. Uknown
3. Unseen
4. Unbroken

Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses


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