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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

REVIEW: Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

I first discovered the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine in the early 2000s. By this point, Ill Wind, Heat Stroke, and Chill Factor had all been published and I remember waiting, albeit impatiently, for the release of Windfall and the rest of the books.

This series remains unique amongst other urban fantasy reads. Caine builds a world where certain humans are gifted elementals, having power to manipulate air, water, fire, or earth.  The female protagonist, Joanne, is a powerful yet relatively new warden who has gotten herself into a heap of trouble just as the real adventure of Ill Wind gets underway.

Within this world, wardens of a certain caliber and rank receive their very own djinn--a powerful pet genie if you will. They aid a Warden in their duties; however, readers soon find out that this world is much more complicated than Joanne ever dreamed. Throw in some romance, betrayal and a wicked demon or two and readers are in store for a high octane adventure and a shocking cliffhanger that will have them aching for book 2.

I adore this series for Caine's take on the djinn, which is, in my opinion, an underused supernatural being.  The continued struggles and development of the subsequent books are thought provoking and entertaining.  I gobbled up the rest of the books save for 8 and 9 (Cape Storm and Total Eclipse) for the mere reasons that I got behind and I am reluctant for the series to end. Now that the 'great re-read' is upon me thanks to our Positively Paranormal Book Club meeting, I think I will revisit these old friends and finally get all the way through to say goodbye.



If you are a fan of the series, make sure you check out the spin off series Outcast Season.  I've read the first two but still need to revisit and finish these too.



Basically, read everything by Rachel Caine. Its all great and well written with fantastic characters and compelling plots especially Ink & Bone (my review here) and the Morganville Vampires.


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