This is a review of “Thin Air” by Rachel Caine. It is the sixth novel in the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Firestorm“.
As this book is a part of series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novels. Do not read if you want to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any plot spoilers.
Joanne wakes in a forest, naked, freezing and no idea where or who she is. She has no memory of what’s happened to her, indeed no memories of her life at all. She can only hope she’s not in any danger, but her current state seems to contradict that. She comes across two men who claim to be her rescuers, but of course she has no idea who they are. One is drop dead gorgeous and a little otherworldly, and from his body language she suspects they’ve been lovers. The other seems fairly human apart from the fact that he can generate fire from thin air (like magic!) and heal with only his hands. He says he can control the weather and what’s more, she can too.
As Joanne struggles to get by and recover her memories, Lewis (the magical human) informs her that he thinks a Demon may be after her. At first, Jo chalks this up as crazy talk. But then they come across two of their friends, Cherise and Kevin, only they’re not quite themselves. After they can’t provide an adequate explanation for their being there, Lewis concludes that they are being controlled by a Demon. A showdown with Lewis and Kevin ensues, and Jo and Lewis barely escape, but not before Jo catches a glimpse of the Demon, who shockingly looks just like…her. A fact she keeps to herself.
Eventually, Lewis and Jo are rescued by the Wardens. They are taken to a secure Warden facility where Jo is examined. During her examination, something goes terribly wrong and she is restrained in a room by herself. Where she is attacked by her doppelgänger Demon. Jo manages to escape, but what’s she to do now? With the Demon impersonating her, it appears that she herself is the Demon. And she’s only got one little Djinn (Venna of course) on her side. Add some existing arrest warrants and Eamon and Sarah to the mix and Jo is pretty well screwed. How will she get her memories back now? And how will she defeat her “evil twin”?
I liked “Thin Air”. It was nice to see Jo’s vulnerable side for a change. I also liked the memory flashbacks from the other characters. It was cool to see events and Jo from their perspective, and was nice to see some backstory and plot gaps filled this way. And to be annoyingly cryptic, yay for the new Earth Oracle!