What a long, strange trip it’s been for Cassiel the former Djinn…the last novel in the Outcast Season series, Unbroken, brings the Weather Warden universe to a close with the resolution of outcast Cassiel’s story. It was a massive undertakingthe Weather Warden series is nine books (following the adventures of Warden Joanne Baldwin and her Djinn lover David), which was huge in itself, but going into Cassiel’s story I knew that it not only had to be a standalone series in the same universe (and sharing some of the same characters) but also had to address the very events of Total Eclipse, the last Warden novel. Since Cassiel and her Earth Warden partner Luis played a role in that story, it seemed only fair to give Unbroken Cassiel’s unique spin on those worldchanging events, but also tie it into her own mission, assigned to her by the leader of the Djinn…another crisis that might destroy the world itself, never mind those pesky humans.
I’ve had such a marvelous time playing in the Warden universe…Joanne’s journey was an adrenaline rush of fast cars, sexy Djinn, disasters and triumphs, and through it all, Joanne held on to her sense of humor and core of basic goodness. What I wanted out of Cassiel was different…a longer game, a different set of realities and pressures. Through the previous novels of Outcast Season, Cassiel’s grown more and more human, but she never forgets that humans are latecomers to the party…and the Djinn owe as much, or more, to every other living thing on the planet, including the sentient Mother Earth herself. Her struggle, and her story, has had different overtones to it, and while she’s learned to understand and appreciate the beauty and flaws of humanity, this is the book where she must weigh everything she’s learned against everything she thinks she knows…and make the ultimate choice between humanity and the survival of Mother Earth herself.
I hope you enjoy this final chapter of the Weather Wardens story as much as I’ve loved inhabiting this world with you.