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Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

So I finally got around to picking up my first Rachel Caine book. Kimberly's great interview with Ms. Caine pushed me over the edge and I snagged a copy of Ill Wind, the first in Caine's Weather Warden series featuring Joanne Baldwin. I have to say I really like the cover design and artwork on this series. Simple, classy lines accompany the smooth, witching weather artwork making the overall package quite pleasing. I'm looking forward to how they'll look all lined up nicely on my shelf.

Joanne is a weather warden, one of a few hundred people on Earth gifted with the ability to control the elements. Jo's gift is over water and air. She can summon up a storm and divert a disaster, but whenever a warden uses her power, the energy fallout has to go somewhere. And it's a daunting, thankless task managing where to expel it without creating another disaster along the way. Jo's job is made that much more difficult by the fact that she's recently become the unwanted owner of a Demon Mark, and the darkness inside will slowly consume her if she's unable to find a way to discharge it.

Caine's writing is highly accessible and I had trouble putting the book down in between sittings, mostly because I liked Jo and David (and Lewis). I liked the unusually deft incorporation of flashbacks to Joanne's college years and warden training days to show the reader how she came to be the girl she is. It's always fun sinking into a new world, particularly one like Caine's--that rare urban fantasy sans vampire, shape shifter, or other furry beastie. Although Jo's world isn't a completely Mythic Creature Free Zone. Most advanced wardens are given a Djinn--a magical being bound to serve them. (And, yes, they do usually come complete with a bottle to call home). The Djinn were a fun addition to the world and I can tell they're going to play a much larger role in the books to come.

Links
Babbling Book Review
Bibliophile Stalker Review
Darque Reviews Interview
Urban Fantasy Review

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  1. Coinkydink - I just borrowed this from the library yesterday.

    I read Heat Stroke earlier in the year, but I had trouble keeping up with it - it was difficult because I hadn't read this one first. I guess it's a series that MUST be read in order.

    Have a lovely day! :-)

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  2. Hurrah Angie!!! I absolutely adore Rachel Caine and her Weather Warden series (I'm trying to get Ana to read the copies of these books I have sent to her)--how cool is it to read a truly unique urban fantasy story without the usual lycanthropes/vamps/etc? I love Jo (and David and especially Lewis). Talk about a cliffhanger, eh? I hope you have book 2 ready and waiting for you :)

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  3. Hey, Tez! Yeah, I'm in the middle of Heat Stroke right now and I would have been totally lost if I hadn't read Ill Wind first.

    Thea, I completely agree. It's just sort of delightful to have all the magic be weather and Djinn related. Nobody biting anyone. Although at this exact point in time I am very conflicted about Lewis.

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