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Firestorm

This is a review of “Firestorm” by Rachel Caine. It is the fifth novel in the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Windfall“.

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 is on her way to New York to the Weather Warden Headquarters to warn them of the trouble that’s to come (read: possible apocalypse). Mother Earth is waking up, and shes not too thrilled with the state of things. she can possess all of the Djinn too, which is very dangerous for the Wardens and humanity in general. Jo has her friend Cherise for company on the trip. She’s not thrilled about having her along for the ride as she’s on Warden business, but she is using Cherise’s car. Also taking the trip is her daughter Imara. Which is fairly bizarre, as she’s fully grown, with a killer taste in fashion. It’s kinda weirding Jo out.

When they get to New York, things don’t quite go as Jo planned. For starters the place is an absolute mess and a lot of the Wardens have been killed or injured by Djinn. No one really knows whether she can be trusted or not, and her story does sound a little crazy. While she’s isolated pending the other Warden’s verdict, she receives a call from Eamon, that creep who has abducted her sister (though she’s blissfully drugged and unaware an thinks he’s her brilliant new boyfriend). He wants a Djinn or he’s going to kill her sister Sarah. Jo’s feeling pretty helpless and alone. Her sister is in danger, none of the other Wardens want to trust her, they’ve kicked out Cherise and David has warned her that he really can’t be trusted anymore.

She has a weird dream about Jonathan and in it he cryptically instructs her to go to Seacasket. This she does in her new set of wheels bought forger by Lewis. The car is gorgeous, a vintage midnight blue and black SS Camaro. In Seacasket she hopes to find a being that can help her communicate with Mother Earth in the hope that she will listen and give humanity another chance. It’s a long shot, but there’s really nothing left to lose. But Ashan and his Djinn posse don’t want Jo to complete her mission and he will do anything to stop her.

I liked this book, it was great seeing Jo adjust to motherhood. I liked the introduction if the oracles and the complication with the Djinn but there were some unexpected happenings that I was a bit upset by. 😦 I do NOT like Ashan at all.

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Rachel Caine herself retweeted the link to my review. How awesome is that?!

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Windfall

This is a review of “Windfall” by Rachel Caine. It is the fourth novel in the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Chill Factor“.

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 don’t want to know of any plot spoilers.

Joanne is no longer a member of the World Council of Weather Wardens. Nor is she a member of their opposing group, the Ma’at. She’s a weather girl on channel WXTV. She still has her powers but is not using them as she doesn’t want to be noticed and have her powers taken from her by the Council (if they deem her dangerous, they will do so without hesitation). Being a weather girl sucks, and the pay isn’t too crash hot either. At least she’s made a new friend there, Cherise.

But although Joanne is not manipulating the weather, someone has been. She can’t feel who exactly, but of course the wardens suspect her and send a team to investigate. Joanne manages to convince her old friend and boss John that it hasn’t been her, but not everyone believes her.

David is sick. Well… He’s not himself, he’s not quite an Ifrit, but he can barely hold on to his form as a Djinn either. Joanne doesn’t know how to help him, and Jonathan refuses to help: “You broke him. You fix him”. Jo only releases him from his bottle for short amounts of time. But although he seems a little better after being in the bottle, it’s obvious he’s not getting well. And is she pregnant or not?

Jo’s sister arrives needing a place to stay. She’s divorced her rich husband and is really down and out. While shopping with Cherise, Sarah notices that Jo is being followed. Who is following her? Jo confronts him, and he reveals that he is Detective Quinn’s partner on the force. He wants to know what happened to Quinn, and he’s vowed to stay on her until she tells him. Great. Another problem she really didn’t need.

And there’s something strange going on with the Wardens and the Djinn. It seems some are getting tired of taking orders…

I liked this one. Poor Jo seems a bit down on her luck. Sucky job, a sick boyfriend, a weird pregnancy, a needy sister and tails by the Wardens and the regular human police. Ugh. I’m exhausted for her. I liked the detective following her. I liked meeting Sarah, even though she was a little annoying. Cherise is cool. The weather girl job is entertaining too.

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Ill Wind

This is a review of “Ill Wind” by Rachel Caine. It is the first novel in the Weather Warden Series.

I had the chance to meet Rachel Caine earlier this year. Unfortunately I did not know it at the time. I had not read any of her novels. I can only hope that I get the chance again.

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. She can manipulate and tame weather, specifically wind and rain. She is a member of the World Council of Weather Wardens, but they’re not too happy with her at present, and she’s on the run. She has created a rather large mess for herself (in self defence of course) and has no idea what to do, so she’s running.

Towards what? She doesn’t quite know. But she hopes that she may be able to find her friend Lewis. The most powerful Weather Warden alive. But there’s a little complication. Lewis is on the run too. To the World Council, he’s the most wanted man on Earth. He’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn.

Djinn are rare immortal beings, much like genies. They are assigned to a Weather Warden, and that Warden is the master of the Djinn. They are a unparalleled source of power for a Warden. Each Warden only gets one Djinn per lifetime, and only if they perform with great skill and discipline. There are rules and guidelines for masters of the Djinn and they must be followed.

Of course Lewis has committed a big no no by stealing three Djinn. But Joanne has no one else to run to. There is her friend Star, but Joanne thinks it may be unwise and selfish to bring her problems to her doorstep. Can Joanne save herself? Can she set things right with the World Council?

I liked this book a lot. I like Caine’s writing style, and her characters were vivid. I liked Joanne’s love of cars and fashion, and I loved the direction the plot and story took toward the end of the novel. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series and some Caine’s other work.

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