Review: Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1) by Rachel Caine

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Review: Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1) by Rachel CaineIll Wind (Weather Warden, #1) by Rachel Caine
Published by Ace Books on December 2, 2003
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Paperback (337 pages)
Source: Library
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The Wardens Association has been around pretty much forever. Some Wardens control Fire, others control Earth or Water or Wind—and the most powerful can control more than one. Without wardens, Mother Nature would wipe humanity off the face of the earth...

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, Joanne is trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she’s resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life…

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he’s also on the run from the Council. It seems he’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn—making him the most wanted man on earth. And without Lewis, Joanne’s chances of surviving are as good as a snowball in—well, a place she may be headed. So, she and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him—because there’s some bad weather closing in fast...


Ill Wind is another book that’s been sitting on my TBR for nearly a decade, and I probably would have enjoyed it more back then. I still enjoyed it, especially at the end, but it feels dated and I’ve certainly read better Urban Fantasy. This one is unique though in that it does lean heavily on meteorology. And I am a sucker for combining science with the paranormal.

Joanne is a weather warden. She controls air and water, which essentially means that she controls the weather. Other wardens can control earth or fire. When we meet Joanne she’s being chased by a storm and we have no idea why. She’s looking for some guy named Lewis and again, we don’t know why. In fact, we don’t find out anything in regards to the plot until about two-thirds in. Which is only three chapters, since they’re all 70+ pages each.

The majority Ill Wind is flashbacks and most of them aren’t even relevant to what’s happening now. We get Joanne’s dating history from her first kiss to losing her virginity. We’re told all about her parents’ divorce, her mom’s new man, and a trip to Disney World. Yet, we still don’t know why Joanne is running, why she killed a man, and why she thinks this other man can save her.

The plot does deal with an interesting twist on demon possession. I liked that a lot, once it was actually discussed. There’s also Djinn which are pretty interesting, and they’re actually the only reason I’m interested in reading the next book. I think now that all of the world set up is out of the way, and we know Jo, the sequel should actually focus on plot. At least, I hope so.

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