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Total Eclipse

This is a review of “Total Eclipse” by Rachel Caine. It is the ninth and final novel in the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Cape Storm“.

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.

It’s the end of the world as we know it. Well, for the humans anyway.

After defeating Demon-addled Bad Bob Biringanine, Jo and David are powerless. The final battle has forced their powers to exit their bodies, and both of them are now defenseless humans. But it seems everyone else is in the same boat, literally and metaphorically. The battle created a black corner, where Wardens have no power and Djinn do not either. It’s alright for the Wardens, it’s pretty bad for the Djinn. They’re all struggling in the hospital ward while the Cruise ship attempts to get them all out of the black corner as quickly as possible. But as soon as the black corner ends, the Djinn begin screaming. It’s a sound unlike any other, it’s terrible, horrifying, painful. And then all of the Djinn disappear. Poof!

There can only be one explanation. Mother Earth. And it seems after this latest assault she is majorly pissed, and wishes to be rid of humanity once and for all. And she’s got not only the Djinn helping her, but the animals too. Disaster after disaster rains down, and it’s all anyone can do just to survive. And Jo and David didn’t get their powers back at the end of the black corner. Someone else got them instead.

They need them back. So they set off, in the face of natural disasters, homicidal Djinn and murderous wildlife to locate the three beings that may be able to help them: The Oracles, Air, Fire and Earth. Cherise and Kevin come along for the ride. Will the Oracles help them? Can David and Jo get their powers returned to them? Can they convince Mother Earth not to wipeout all humanity? Here’s hoping!

I really, really liked this book. It was a great end to the series, and I wasn’t really left wanting for anything. I liked the inclusion of Cassiel in this book, and I am definitely intrigued with her and her story, and will be reading her series: The a outcast Season a series soon. I liked seeing Jo vulnerable again, and even moreso, David as a human. There were some sad parts in this novel, but lots of action packed, adrenaline-filled parts.

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Cape Storm

This is a review of “Cape Storm” by Rachel Caine. It is the eighth novel in the Weather Warden Series. It follows on from “Gale Force“.

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 had planned to be on her honeymoon. But of course she’s not. She’s aboard a cruise ship, but it’s packed with Weather Wardens, and they’re on their way to meet with an enemy, but they’re also being pursued by an almighty storm. Who’s the enemy? Bad Bob Biringanine is back. And he is even grosser than usual. What does he want? To destroy the world of course.

Armed with his spear of antimatter, what the Djinn call The Unmaking, he has the power to destroy the Earth, and all life on it. And he’s not alone. He’s got his army, the sour and anti-Djinn Sentinels, and a mysterious force that can cause damage and even kill Wardens in the aetheric. And it can take on a Djinn. And he’s managed to infect Jo with a type of Demon Mark that is slowly spreading and taking over her thoughts and personality. He’s also still holding Rahel captive.

So Jo along with Lewis, Cherise, Kevin, David and a small but powerful force of Djinn, are setting out on their hijacked Luxury Cruiser to stop Bad Bob and save the world. But can they get there in time? What if Joanne gets uber evil before they arrive? What if the storm sinks their ship? What about these mysterious beings that have joined Bad Bob and have slaughtered Wardens on the aetheric?

Poor Jo just never seems to catch a break. I feel for her in this novel, she should be playing newly weds with David, and instead she’s trying to save the world and battle another Demon Mark. The cruise ship idea was pretty cool, and I liked the pirates too. The ghosts were a little frightening. Poor Lewis had to go through a bit in this one too. A great read. Looking forward to the next one, but not because it’s the last book in this series! We did hear a teeny bit about Cassiel in this novel. Cassiel is the main character in Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden spin-off Series: Outcast Season Series. I’m looking forward to reading those soon!

Oh and I totally loved the Battlestar Galactica reference in Chapter 1!

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Gale Force

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.

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Thin Air

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!

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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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