Ill Wind Paperback – 28 Apr 2008
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"A fun read. You'll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again."
A fun read. You'll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again. (Jim Butcher, bestselling author of "The Dresden Files") --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the -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, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O'Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
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.
The story was enjoyable if slightly predictable, a good change from the standard post apocalyptic stories about zombies.
There are some good characters who display a lot of traits you would expect, power hungry types, despots, and those doing their best to return the world to civilisation.
Worth a read.
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.
So when I spotted Ill Wind the chances were already high that I was going to pick it up. But a recommendation on the cover from one of my favourite authors, Jim Butcher, sealed the deal. And I'm happy to report that I have found another Urban Fantasy series to love.
The pace of Ill Wind is frantic as we follow Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin across the United States as she runs for her life after being accused of murder. But her problems don't stop there. She also has a killer storm on her tail and a Demon Mark worming its way into her soul. With the whole of the Wardens Association out to capture her, Joanne's only hope is to find Lewis, an old friend and the world's most powerful Warden. Her desperate hope is that he will have some solutions for her.
Rachel Caine has created an interesting Urban Fantasy world populated by Wardens, people born with the gift of controlling the elements, and Djinn, magical entities the Wardens use to enhance their powers. I loved the descriptions of the Earth as an unrestrained force trying to rid itself of the human race. The recent natural disasters in Japan make this view of the world an intriguing and powerful one. The Wardens work to minimise much of nature's wrath - calming superstorms into pockets of heavy rain and containing earthquakes and fires for example.
I also really enjoyed Caine's Djinn. They are mysterious and powerful entities who are often trapped and pressed into service by the Wardens. There is a lot of potential in the strained relationship between the Djinn and the Wardens. I'm sure Caine will have quite a bit of fun with it.
Caine uses meteorological terminology and theory to describe much of how Joanne's power works. Some readers may feel bogged down by the science, but the geek in me revelled in it. Because of its Urban Fantasy setting, I thought it was extremely effective to use modern scientific theory as the basis for the magic and power described in Ill Wind.
Joanne Baldwin is a great character. She's feisty and tough, but has a soft spot for fast cars and great shoes. It's these personality quirks that make her a very real and likeable character. After all, who among us doesn't like looking good? Even while kicking nature in the teeth...
But as likeable as Joanne is, it is the addition of David, a hitchhiker she picks up along the way, which makes the story. There is more to David than meets the eye, although what we see is already in a very appealing package. The interaction between Joanne and David sparks off the page and adds depth and interest to both characters.
Ill Wind is a page-turning adventure and is the first in a series that I am keen to sink my reading teeth into.
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