Warning: Cliffhanger (This is going to happen every book in this series, isn’t it? leaving off at the high point in the book to make people want to read the next one?)
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…
“Is it arrogance if one is truly superior?”
Well, I really enjoyed reading this book, overall. There are a few things I don’t believe worked, but those weren’t my choices to make, they were Caine’s. However, I did really enjoy reading this. I think this was actually the first Other to Human transformation I’ve read in urban fantasy, come to think of it. I’ve read human to other and human to other to human plenty of times, but not pure other to human. Pretty interesting.
There is a big secret that is introduced in the beginning of the book, why Cassiel has been forced into being human. I appreciated the secrecy lasting most of the book, and Cassiel only telling someone she trusts because it needs to be told. She didn’t cave to pressure from anyone. Cassiel is a strong character. The whole history bit, on why this is happening in the first place, is a bit annoying, but I can deal with it. The secret wasn’t actually what I was expecting it to be at all, so kudos Caine. That was a bit more than I was expecting. A lot more, even.
The first part of this book is Cassiel trying to come to terms with being human, and it is the best part of the book, in my opinion. I really enjoyed Cassiel learning to be human. I honestly wish it would have gone on longer. Hell, if the whole series was that I would have been extremely happy. Instead, in the style of the Weather Warden series books, things go from bad to worse to wow how did it possibly get even more bad? It was typically over the top, both for the universe and the genre.
I felt the relationship was really out of place. Cassiel is just becoming human, learning how to be human, and now there is a love interest? It just does not click to me. No sense that this should happen, other than Caine loves writing romances. Maybe it’ll get better later, but I feel like I’ll always think it doesn’t quite fit in. The other relationships are a bit better than her love interest, but still a bit odd to me. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me that she would get so connected to the child so quickly.
This takes place in the same universe as Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series. This book appears to take place after the events in Gale Force, and perhaps during the events of Cape Storm. Since this is in the same world, and I have read Weather Warden a few times now, it is a bit of a challenge to figure out how much attention is placed on world-building. You can’t expect every reader to have read Weather Warden before this, can you? I think there was a bit more left out in the world building than to be expected, if you consider this the first book in a series. I feel a lot was left out because Caine expected people to be more familiar with the universe than they might be. That isn’t to say there is no world-building. There is a fair amount, but it is more focused on setting up this new series compared to the main series.
I had fun “becoming human” in this book with Cassiel. Even if it was over the top.
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