Ill Wind By Rachel Caine (Weather Warden #1)

From  Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden, who can control the weather and keep it from being more chaotic and destructive than it already is. She is on the run, though, for she is accused of killing a senior warden, which she did, sort of: a thread of corruption runs through some of the most powerful wardens, one of which put a Demon Mark on her and then died. Her only hope now is to get a djinn from her old friend Lewis, who stole three of them from the council of the wardens many years ago. As she runs, she picks up a hitchhiker who knows things an ordinary person wouldn’t, and who offers help. With djinns and other wardens, including those sent to arrest her, all giving her conflicting information, Joanne never quite knows whom to trust in this romantic escapist romp rife with danger, excitement, and even classic cars.

Me: Hmm…good description Amazon…since I don’t want to be redundant I will just skip to the part where we talk about my opinions on Ill Wind. 

Amazon: We know that’s all you want to do anyway.  Let’s lose the charade.

Me: So true.

The Good:  I am no stranger to dorkdom, I can dork out about the weirdest things for hours.  And now I can add weather to that list.  Joanne manipulates the weather around her by going into Oversight, which is basically leaving her body and magically traveling into the atmosphere to change weather patterns.  I loved reading about her manipulating molecules and energy, I thought the whole concept was just spiffy.  But to be fair, some might get bored with the lengthy descriptions of clouds and lightning.  (You have been warned.)  I also really enjoyed the Djinn, who basically exist to serve with weather wardens.  This was my first encounter with the Djinn (read: Genie), and I loved how they are basically a magical powers open canvas.  It’s like “Oh, no car keys? Let me crank that for you!” “Oh, you are sinking in quick sand? I happen to be able to travel through the ground to save you! We Djinn do stuff like this all the time!”  This may annoy some, but I thought it was pretty funny.  As for the plot, it was very fast-paced with lots of action, as Joanne spent the entire book on the run from the rest of the weather wardens.  There were some twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and overall it was just a fun, different book.  Some characters were introduced but not well developed, but this is a series, so I think they will have a larger role to play later on.

The Bad:  I can’t think of too much to say here.  Ill Wind was a quick, light read, so I didn’t really care too much that there were a few holes in the plot.  I thought the villain was a little predictable.  And the motives really didn’t make much sense, but Joanne actually points that out, so I can’t really complain.  My biggest issue with Ill Wind is: I liked this book, but do I really need to read the other 8 in the series?  I am getting kinda sick of making huge investments in characters for 7-10 books, then being a little lost at the end.  (We are going to ignore how pathetic that sounded, mmmkay?) But Ill Wind ended with just enough of a cliffhanger to keep me interested.  Sigh…what to do. 

The Bumpin’ Uglies:  When I purchase my beloved Kindle books, I always read the reviews on Amazon before I make the purchase.  The few I read hinted that Ill Wind is more PNR than UF.  I would have to disagree, and I was disappointed at how little romance there was.  (Slight spoiler) I mean, I was really excited to see what David the Djinn lovin’ was all about, but the good stuff was more of the “blink and you miss it” variety.  I felt a little cheated by the one major smutty scene because it started off really steamy (figuratively and literally) and then was kinda skimmed over.  What a smut tease!  Seriously, what is the female of equivalent of getting blue balled??  Anyway, there were three potential love interests introduced, but only David the Djinn is really developed.  I would have liked a little more depth in these relationships, but like I said, the series is on the 9th book now; these romances may have been explored. 

Rating:  8 if considered UF, 6 if considered PNR


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Zelda Gillian
    Apr 16, 2010 @ 19:38:44

    Thanks for the review! Bummed about the lack of romance… but I’ve read the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, so I guess I’m not surprised. Love geeking out over weather, though!


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