The third book in the Weather Warden series, CHILL FACTOR, follows on from ILL WIND and HEAT STROKE with almost no time delay. In fact, by the end of the third book, Rachel Caine brings the reader to understand that a mere 2 weeks have passed...persnonally I don't know how Joanne is still sane!
The blurb reads: "In Rachel caine's ILLWIND and HEAT STROKE, Weather Warden extraordinaire Joanna Baldwin, who protects the human race from monster storms, was killed, reborn as a Djinn, and then restored to her original form. She's been through a lot-and stuck her neck out many times-to save innocent lives. Now, she's rolling the dice to stop an infinitely powerful, deeply disturbed kid from destroying the world...
A teenager named Kevin has holed up in style at a Vegas hotel with the most powerful Djinn in the world, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The Wardens' senior leadership is dead, Djinn are disappearing, and a secret society wants to help Joanne destroy Kevin, even if doing so kills her (again). But everybody in Vegas has a game going, and Joanne has to learn the rules fast because the stakes have never been higher-and all hell is about to break lose..."
If you liked the style of the first two books, then you'll definitely like CHILL FACTOR. I wouldn't recommend starting with this book; if you're new to the series, order ILL WIND first.
Once again, Joanne is sassy, well dressed (when she can be), and in trouble. The book opens with a similar sense of Deja-vu, with her and David driving on the road. The growing bond, respect and love between these two is a pleasure to read; they aren't given much page time in this book, but you really feel that what they have is real and everlasting (if they survive that long!). Their brief momments together are memorable; if I had any compaints about this book, is that Jo and David are never left in peace to just be together!
Once again Joanne wants to try to make everything right, as much as she can, and once again there are people who have different ideas about what they want and how to do it, trying to order her around. I couldn't stop reading this book and finished in a few hours, so if you start reading late at night be prepared to lose some sleep... the sense of frustration when Joanne is made helpless again and again by the plotting and ministrations by the people around, and put in impossible situations, where she can't save everyone she wants to burns you as you read. Even though it hurts it to read sometimes, Caine's heroine isn't all-powerful and can't possibly mend everything that goes wrong around her. I love her big mouth when she's in a sticky situation - sometimes answering back is the only weapon she has...
Caine ties up and finshes some plot threads, and carries on a lot more that I can't wait to be answered in the sequal....bring on WINDFALL.