This is a review of “Gale Force” by Rachel Caine. It is the seventh novel in the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Thin Air“.
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.
Jo’s meant to be having some time off. She’s meant to be relaxing and de-stressing. But it appears she doesn’t know the meaning of the word vacation. And come on, it’s not that easy to take time off when it’s your job to save the world. It’s even harder when there’s a wildfire burning so close the fire is visible from your apartment. But if her vacation can’t get her mind off work, maybe David can. He’s popped the question. Yes, the question. So now Jo’s got some major planning to do.
But not everything is wonderful. There are some reporters hounding her for info on the Wardens, and so far they haven’t been easily dissuaded. And on Jo’s first shopping trip for a wedding dress, disaster strikes. Literally. An Earthquake hits. Jo goes to examine the quake on the aetheric with another local Earth Warden, and they find a curious black shard plunged deep into the aetheric ground. They can’t touch it on the aetheric. So Jo calls Lewis, and they go and examine the shard on the aetheric. Louis grabs it and his hands come away burned.
After an emergency Warden meeting, it’s decided that they need an expert to take a closer look in the real world as Lewis’ wounds show that the shard is radioactive even on the aetheric. On closer inspection the shard proves to be deadly dangerous. And what’s even more unusual, it appears the Djinn can’t even see it all. So the Djinn are blind and think the Wardens are delusional. And then an anonymous and untraceable email from a group that calls themselves The Sentinels claims credit for the attack.
What is the black shard made from? Why can’t the Djinn see it? Who are The Sentinels and what do they want?
I liked this book, but not as much as enjoyed the previous book in the series “Thin Air“. There were two instances in this book where I was shocked, I didn’t see those parts coming at all, which I really liked.