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Ill Wind (Weather Warden) [Paperback]

Rachel Caine
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7 Feb 2011 Weather Warden
Some Weather Wardens control fire, others control earth, water, or wind - and the most powerful can control more than one element. 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. Unfortunately, he's also on the run but Joanne and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him - because there's some bad weather closing in fast -


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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (7 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749010363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749010362
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Caine is the author of more than fifteen novels, including the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Pop-eye and Darwin, a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O'Malley, and a leopard tortoise named Shelly (for the poet, of course).

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'The forecast calls for murder, mayhem, magic, meteorology - and a fun read' JIM BUTCHER, bestselling author of The Dresden Files

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stirred a slight breeze 5 May 2009
Format:Paperback
The book started slightly after the story had begun with Joanne on the run and in trouble but we don't know why. This fustrated me at the start and I found it slow going but by the end of the book all is revealed and pace picks up to an exciting climax.

The concept of wardens that protect the earth and humanity is quite original. The writing is fairly easy to read but the logic of the plot and heroine's actions are sometimes a bit weak.

Overall I enyoyed the book but I am in two minds whether to buy the next one in the series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea but major faultline 5 Aug 2008
By Misty
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So in this world there are 'wardens', who are basically a bureaucracy of magicians with control over water/fire/earth/air operating for the 'greater good' and preventing natural disaster, supported by slave-like djinns and attacked on occasion by malignant demons. This world is reasonably well set-up and hangs together for the duration of the story well-enough to keep you engaged.

Where it starts to come apart is with the stereotypically feisty yet irresistible yet uber-talented heroine. She starts off quite well (compared to some others in this genre) but soon descends into ludicrously irrational acts - for example: falling in love at the drop of a hat (despite her oh-so cynical personality), at the height of trying to save those she loves from slavery/certain death she gets all excited about a new car, when offered a really obvious and easy choice for preventing the one she loves being attacked she refuses to on a point of principle (or is it to stretch the story out - you decide!)

I'm starting to lose faith in this urban-fantasy malarkey - I like the ideas, but the characterisation is so diabolical and the ploys so contrived and hackneyed that I think I might have to give up the ghost. The early Anita Blake books (before they turned into porn) are the best examples I have come across, everything else has disappointed.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BALLS OF FIRE 13 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Whoever knew the weather was so interesting. This is a fast pacy book, with plenty of twists and turns especially in the weather. Interesting engaging characters and good plot. Joanne Baldwin is the weather warden on the run, everyone thinks she's committed murder. The Djinn's are wonderful and there's a good smattering of romance. If you like Jim Butcher, Tanya Huff, Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong then you should like this. There's a lot of backstory, but its drip fed into the plot and relevant, so it doesnt spoil the pace. Great first novel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great 20 May 2009
By Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
When I began reading this book I quite enjoyed it. I liked Jo's voice and she seemed like she could be an interesting protagonist with an interesting problem; she seemed smart, tough and determined in her mission. All well and good. But half way through the book... she was still those things, only she did stupid things like fall in love with someone after literally three minutes, and I was just left waiting for her to have something else -- some depth. It never came. Jo's libido was damn annoying and she was basically in love with every male that looked her way, yet she we're supposed to believe the author when Jo says she doesn't get close to people. Whatever. The cutesy nicknames she kept giving everything was grating on me by the end of the book. I was just like 'give it a rest!' she doesn't have to try (and fail) to be quirky all the time.

I was also annoyed by the cardboard cut-out characters that surrounded Jo. She may not have been very interesting herself (and kind of irritating on top of things), but usually most novels tend to have redeeming value in their kooky secondary characters that often outshine the protagonist. None such to speak of here. Lewis was actually mildly interesting but I have to put that down to him being enigmatic... the minute he gets his story explained he'll probably end up dull like all the other characters. Bad Bob was also pretty decent. David was a total wish-fulfilment fantasy written to life, and not even very well. He utterly lacked depth and his motivations were quite flat and left unexplored.

Add into this the deus ex machina ending, I was left feeling pretty disappointed. I'll trudge on with the next book since I purchased them together, but I'm not expecting much improvement.

There were good things about the book.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy 30 May 2006
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I'd read the reviews on Amazon and thought that the plot might be a little complicated, but that wasn't the case at all. Yes, we are entering a world with weather, fire and earth wardens, demons, djinn and more, but it's all introduced slowly and works well.

What was so much fun about this book was that it is, in some ways, a road trip book. Thelma and Louise with only Thelma. Our heroine Joanne drives 1000 miles across America to escape those trying to strip her of her powers, or worse, because she murdered someone, and towards the one person she believes can help her. Joanne spends a lot of time wisecracking in her mind (thus the first person narrative works really well) and in this she comes across as rather a Stephanie Plum character (by the author Janet Evanovich) which was a delight.

Joanne seems to have got to know some very interesting people in her career as a weather warden and we meet many of them. Although the point of this book isn't characterisation and character growth, there's a certain amount of this as she dashes across America.

All in all I thought this was a great read and I've already ordered the next 3 in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
if you have read the morganville vampires you will also love these books even though they are not vampire related Rachel Caine is a great author.
Published 7 months ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars It has djinns so why the hell not?
Note: The fact that Rachel and I have the same B'day does not influence my rating.

Okay so I had to say that just to tell the world that me and Rachel have the same... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rashika
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
oh my god read this book in a day coudnt put it down a fab read got to buy the rest of them now
Published 16 months ago by chelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!
This book was recommended to me and I will admit now I wasn't sure about it. But Rachel Caine has away of sweeping you along in her descriptions putting your right there in the... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2012 by Maxi Shelton
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is one of my favurite books and the characters are great. it is a good read and the series are great, sometimes it is hard to read and you need to concentrate.
Published on 28 Aug 2012 by ShellMcD
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique urban fantasy series opener
Ill Wind is like a puzzle, you pick up pieces along the way but it isn't until the end that you really see the full picture. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Wardens that control the weather and atmosphere
Completely different from her Morganville books, but def. interesting. The weather and atmosphere are controlled by so called weather wardens, which is a good concept. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by Cheryl M-M
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
This book was mostly good, and it was certainly original. It had a very interesting and unusual premise, although I did glaze over occasionally at some of the technical weather... Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by The Demon Librarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from The Word Fiend
I love Urban Fantasy. It's a genre that really appeals to me, with magic and supernatural events superimposed over our everyday world. Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Shelagh
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommends it for: supernatural fiction fans, fantasy fans
Took me a little while to really get into it (partly because the story was in first person, but the narrator wasn't telling things she knew--comes off as a bit "coy" on the part of... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2010 by Rebecca
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