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“Slow to get going with excessively detailed flashbacks and tedious descriptions of the weather and its manipulation. Nevertheless, the world building is original, the characters have potential and the story is engaging.
The heroine, Joanne Baldwin, is a weather warden with the power to manipulate wind and rain, thunder and lightening. Accused of murder, Joanne is on the run from her fellow wardens (weather, earth and fire) and seeks the aid of a former classmate who has several Djinn at his disposal. Djinn are all powerful beings that assist the various wardens in their duties but are also forced to do so against their will.
Although Jo is feisty and kick-ass, she does have a softer side and a definite appreciation for vintage cars and good-looking men. Enter the potential love interest, David the hunky hitchhiker, who appears innocuous at first but apparently has a hidden agenda. The secondary cast also includes Jo's smarmy boss, her disfigured best friend and a posse of wardens hell-bent on capturing her at any cost.
Despite the problematic beginning, Ill Wind is an exciting ride and the surprising twist at the end has me interested enough to continue with the series. ”
“One of my favorite series of all time :)”Librarian Cedate wrote this review Monday, August 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder”Katharine G wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't sure about this book at first. But as I kept reading it got better. I wasn't crazy about all the flashbacks but I can understand there purpose to explain backstory. Hopefully the next book doesn't have as many if them. I really liked Joanne and David. The characters are all very interesting. I would recommend this to people who like the Dresden files because it has more of that feel to it, than say the Mercy Thompson series. ”Kitty wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ill wind is the first explosive debut in the Weather Warden series about a group of wardens who have the ability to exercise control over the four elements: air, water, fire and earth. With the support of djinns who have been enslaved and forced to do their bidding, the Wardens neutralise storms that would otherwise decimate cities, minimise earthquakes and help the land to regenerate after a forest fire etc
The book revolves around Joanne Baldwin, a Weather Warden with an affinity over water and air who works for the Warden’s Council and helps to prevent natural disasters. Joanne’s life takes a complicated turn when she is accused of killing a fellow Warden and armed with an unwanted Demon Mark, goes on the run. Time is of the essence as the Mark will eventually consume her unless she finds a way to get rid of it. Joanne knows that unless she can prove her innocence and have the Demon Mark eradicated, the Council will strip her of her powers.
Joanne seeks the help of a fellow Warden, Lewis Orwell, who has the rare ability of having an affinity over all four elements. The Wardens see Lewis’s abilities as a threat and tried to experiment on him in order to eradicate his powers. Lewis managed to escape from their facility, taking three djinns with him and has been in hiding ever since. Joanne hopes that Lewis will give her one of these djinns to get rid of the Demon Mark.
Pursued by a djinn and hunted by the Wardens she once deemed as friends, Joanne doesn’t know who to trust. To make matters worse a menacing weather front is relentlessly trailing her and threatens to stop her once and for all.
Events take an interesting turn when Joanne meets the handsome enigmatic hitchhiker, David. However, Joanne she suspects there’s more to him than meets the eye and her suspicions are proved right when she discovers he’s a djinn – and a free one at that. He urges Joanne to bind him and transfer the Demon Mark to him. Joanne, who has developed feelings for David, knows that she will be sentencing him to an eternity of torment and refuses. Will Joanne find Lewis and will she get rid of the Demon Mark in time before it consumes her soul and she becomes a bigger danger to those around her?
Ill Wind is like a puzzle, the reader picks up pieces along the way through a series of well timed and placed flashbacks. We learn about Joanne's past, the supporting characters and what exactly happened in the incident that has her on the run. It isn't until the end that you really see the full picture. Joanne’s a great protagonist, fiesty, strong, flippant, quick-witted, independent, interesting, flawed, hopeful and compassionate.
I deduced that David was Big Bad Bob's Djinn which was unintentionally freed, but I really liked this idea that David was trying to make amends for allowing the Demon Mark to be passed to Joanne.
Throughout the story the sense of a volatile, unpredictable energy force (i.e. nature) creates a tense, dangerous backdrop for a tense, sometimes dangerous plot. The concept of the djinn in particular is an intriguing idea. Bound by the humans and forced to do their bidding even when they don’t want to? 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.
My one gripe was the ending where Joanne died. Her gifts as a Weather Warden - the fact that she was more powerful than your average warden as well as her relationship with Lewis intrigued me and I would like to have seen more aspects of this explored. Now she as a djinn, she is something completely different. I’ll just have to have faith in the author’s instincts and see where she’s going with this new development.
“Ill Wind is the first book in Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series which is ANOTHER series that I'm rereading before continuing on with. Except with this series I know that I only read the first two books so I'm rereading these and then I'll keep going with the rest of the series. Ill Wind was even better than I remembered it and I can't wait to grab the second book from the library. Joanne is running for her life and there is only one person that she can go to for help. The only problem is that he is also a wanted man in hiding. But Joanne is desperate and determined to save herself. As long as she can outrun the weather that is following her every step.
This book was intense from the beginning to the end. I always find myself completely surprised and pleased when I'm sucked back into a book that I've already read. And while I remembered some of the plot line, there were enough holes in my memory that I was still turning pages as fast as I could. This book was one big whirlwind and I loved every second of it. And that ending....wow! It still packed quite the punch even the second time around. I'm super excited now that I'm diving back in this series which means that of course I'll be picking up book 2 sooner rather than later. This is another book that I would highly recommend especially if you are looking for a read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A must read for fans of urban fantasy and a 4 1/2 star read for sure!
Bottom Line: A fast paced, intense read that I couldn't get enough of!”
“Don't think I've read this. Part of a series.”Maggie Shelton wrote this review Thursday, December 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've read a few urban fantasy novels in over the past two years. And this one was something different and unique. We're introduced to the world of Weather Wardens who control different kinds of weather. And we meet Joanne Baldwin, a young warden who's on the run for murder, across the country. And in her car Delilah, we see her life before she became one of them with her family life, and then how she was introduced to the others. We learn a new kind of word from the weather wardens, and the indecision she made, when she falls in love with a Djinn, a special kind of genie in the bottle. But for Joanne, we learn, it's the race against time to save her life from a scorching evil mark, while she's dying and in pain. This one will take your breath away in a whirlwind and give you a ride for your life...”Kristen H wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of the most imaginative and unique series that I think I've ever read.
Meet Joanne Baldwin. She's a Weather Warden... that is to say she can control the weather. But when something goes horribly wrong in her life, she finds her self on the run from other Wardens, and on her own... until she meets David, a super-hot hitch hiker who seems to want to help her out.
Joanne is fighting something within that is threatening to kill her, and since time is not on her side, she is literally racing cross-country to hopefully find help. Can she make it in time? And who is David, really?
This book is amazing start to finish. It is a fast-paced read, since as I mentioned, Joanne is literally racing against the clock to get help. We're introduced to an old "legend" in this book as well, the Djinn, known more commonly as "genies." I love Rachel Caine's take on the classic paranormal breed, and this is honestly the first I think I've ever seen them mentioned in paranormal/urban fantasy.
The chemistry between David and Joanne is intense, and they all but burn up the pages. The fact that they didn't really fight their chemistry was a nice change from the other books I've read lately where the two main characters seem to fight what they're feeling for at least half the story.
The one thing about this book that might turn some people off is the "flashbacks." There's a lot of jumping back in time to explain current events, and while I'm used to that from some of the other books that I've read, some readers may find it a bit distracting. I personally think it adds to the overall ambiance of the book.
This is a fantastic start to the series, and I cannot WAIT to read book 2, and find out what's in store next for Joanne Baldwin. ”