Review: Unseen by Rachel Caine

April 10, 2011 Review 4


Title: Unseen
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Outcast Season #3
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: urban fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Original edition
  • (February 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0451463838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463838
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Sexual Content:
Mildly explicit sex scenes.

My Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & pre-order the sequel.


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.


Sometimes an author can do their work all too well when creating a villain for protagonists to overcome.  As in the Jane True series (where I felt I would never be truly satisfied until Jarl was dead), my dislike for the rogue djinn Pearl has now reached fever pitch.  Her cult-like followers, cultivated through a combination of magical manipulation and murder, are heartbreaking enough on their own.  Add an army of children being trained as holy warriors and cannon fodder, and I’m out for blood. 

Outcast Season book 2, UNKNOWN, revealed a lot of Pearl’s evil without much by way of victory for Cassiel and her allies, circumstances that drove me up the wall with frustration to get my hands on the next in book in the series.  UNSEEN did not disappoint.  It’s a fast, exciting story that moved the plot forward in several satisfying ways.  Normally I dislike books where the love interests are separated for much of the story, but Cassiel and Luis seem to grow deeper in their relationship through the trials they face.  In this book more than any other, Cassiel faces how much she has changed since being cast out of the djinn, and her personal growth amidst all of the action and danger was both well written and believable.

UNSEEN includes even more revelations regarding Pearl, and sets the stage for a very satisfying resolution to the series in book four, UNBROKEN. The reality of Pearl’s fanatics and child soldiers is chilling, to the point where Pearl is definitely in the top five of my list of Villains Who Should Die. I’ve got my fingers crossed and high hopes for UNBROKEN, here’s hoping Pearl gets what’s coming to her.


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4 Responses to “Review: Unseen by Rachel Caine”

  1. Morgan

    You're KILLING me! So many 4 star ratings lately. I'm never going to get through all of these books. AHHHHHH.

  2. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great review. I am so with you guys. I haven't read this yet either, but I am always seeing great review for it. But I am in the middle of her Morganville series, definitely like Caine's style. I hope to get to this soon. The wait is killing me LOL! Thank you for the great review hon 🙂

  3. Julia

    @Morgan – I feel your pain, isn't it a great problem to have? Abigail's SHADOWSPELL review just sent me off to read GLIMMERGLASS… I have a lot of catching up to do. Whats at the top of your list?

    @Rockie – The action elements of these books can probably be picked up from any of them, but the Cassiel's character development is really best read from book one onward. I feel your pain, though, as mentioned above, I'm in major catch up mode, too.

    @Offbeat – I'm glad you liked the review, I tried not to channel too much Pearl angst (seriously, lady, just DIE already!). There are some seriously cathartic reviews in my future, once I get to finish off Jarl and Pearl. They just make me so mad… And more in the theme of catching up on series, I'm in the middle of Morganville, too. I have a hard time remembering which is the last book I read. I accidentally bought the eBook for CARPE CORPUS, not realizing that I had to read LORDS OF MISRULE first… and I'm too anal to skip one. Where are you in the series?