This is a review of “Heat Stroke” by Rachel Caine. It is the second novel in the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Ill Wind“.
As this book is a part of series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel. Do not read if you want to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any plot spoilers.
Joanne Baldwin is technically dead. Well her human life has ended anyway. She’s been turned into a Djinn by her lover (also a Djinn) David. Being a Djinn is bizarre. She can do things she could only previously dream of. But there’s a lot to learn. Joanne wants to attend her own funeral. One, to sticky beak and eavesdrop, and two, to say goodbye to her human life and get some closure. David doesn’t think it’s a good idea, but Joanne is determined.
Djinn life is pretty sweet. Joanne can pretty much create anything with a snap of her fingers. Well she could if she could get the hang of it. At the moment things are taking a little longer. As David and Jo make a trip into the aetheric, they sense a weirdness. Something isn’t right. There’s some blue sparkles, coldlight, that shouldn’t be there. Jo doesn’t really know what it means, but David is concerned.
And then Jo is summoned by the head honcho of the Djinn. Jonathan. And he’s not too happy. He’s especially grumpy with David. He separates Jo and David and sends Jo off to Patrick. Another Djinn who’s to teach Jo how to be a Djinn. She’s got seven days to master her new form, or else. Patrick looks like Santa, but he’s extremely lecherous and has foul taste in decor.
And then Lewis turns up to ask a favour of Jo. The sparkles are causing havoc in the aetheric, and the weather is going haywire. Lewis needs her help as a Djinn to investigate and hopefully fix things. How can she say no to Lewis? So she agrees to be bound to a bottle. But then things go horribly pear shaped and she finds herself bound to service a gruesome adolescent called Kevin and his disgusting stepmother Yvette.
Can she escape service? Can she find Lewis and make sure he’s ok? Where’s David? And what will happen when her trial period as a Djinn is up?
An enjoyable read. I liked reading about Jo the Djinn, it was cool to see the differences between the human Weather Wardens and the immortal Djinn. Yvette was a truly horrible character. Yuck. Kevin, ew. Patrick was humorous, and Jonathan intimidating. It was nice to see Rahel and Lewis again. Looking forward to reading on!