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Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
The third book in Caine’s Outcast Season series isn’t as strong as the first two volumes. Cassiel continues to be an interestingly prickly protagonist, but the story just doesn’t carry enough oomph — there are a lot of interesting questions about morality and power, of which the narrative only skims the surface.
After Cassiel and Luis rescued Luis’ niece Isabel from Cassiel’s evil djinn sister Pearl, they realized a couple of things: Isabel was manifesting her power entirely too early, and there were an awful lot of other kidnapped children out there.
Aided by her devoted followers, Pearl has been kidnapping the orphaned children of Wardens, indoctrinating them and then awakening their powers too early — if magical ability manifests prior to puberty, there is a very real chance of death. Cassiel infiltrates one of the cult’s compounds to learn more about Pearl’s plans and discovers that all of humanity may be at risk. (ROC, Feb., 320 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: February 2011