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Ill Wind (Weather Warden, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Caine
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden, who can control the weather and keep it from being more chaotic and destructive than it already is. She is on the run, though, for she is accused of killing a senior warden, which she did, sort of: a thread of corruption runs through some of the most powerful wardens, one of which put a Demon Mark on her and then died. Her only hope now is to get a djinn from her old friend Lewis, who stole three of them^B from the council of the wardens many years ago. As she runs, she picks up a hitchhiker who knows things an ordinary person wouldn't, and who offers help. With djinns and other wardens, including those sent to arrest her, all giving her conflicting information, Joanne never quite knows whom to trust in this romantic escapist romp rife with danger, excitement, and even classic cars. Regina Schroeder
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


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

Product Details

  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451459520
  • Publisher: Roc; Reissue edition (December 2, 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O76OQ8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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160 of 164 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry's female alter-ego February 6, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are looking for an entertaining book to help you pass a dragging afternoon, this one might be it. Don't expect deep meanings or complicated character introspection, just lots of action-packed fun, lots of magic, a decent mystery and a very likable lead character -- which is better than I could say about many urban fantasy stories out there. Joanne is a Weather Warden with a big problem: she is running a race against time to rid herself of a Demon Mark inflicted on her by her former, corrupted boss. The mark is like a parasite: if she doesn't get rid of it fast, it will pervert her power and turn it into something impossible to control. If the other wardens get to her first, she will lose all her power, if not her life. The alternative is to pass the mark on to somebody else, preferably a djinn, and condemn him or her to a life of eternal torment. She thinks she knows her choices, but in fact she has no idea what her choices really are. As the story unfolds, friends and enemies become no longer easily distinguishable, even more so when willing friends are forced to turn into unwilling enemies. The one person that might have the key to it is nowhere to be found and doesn't seem that friendly after all.
If the plot structure sounds well-known to you, is because you've already encountered it (Jim Butcher's "Dresden files" series springs to mind, to give but an example). Hopefully, that won't prevent you from checking out the book: it makes good on its promises, with a nice twist at the end. If Harry Dresden charmed the readers with his dry wit and inborn talent of making a mess of just about everything, Joanne will appeal to the readers (some readers, anyway) with her disarming honesty about her likes and dislikes.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Treat May 10, 2004
By Emma
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm always looking for something new in the whole paranormal/supernatural genre and so I picked up Ill Wind after I'd seen people talking about Rachel Caine online. I must admit to an initial hesitance, I read the back and was slightly interested.
I'm so glad that I forged ahead and picked it up to read because it's so much better than the back cover makes it out to be.
Weather wardens, Earth Wardens, Fire Wardens - I wasn't overly interested by the cover and yet, Caine introduces us to these wardens who protect the rest of us from the weather and the earth and other natural disasters with a really unique and interesting spin. That they are aided bu djinn only adds something else.
Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden who is on the run from a murder wrap, oh and she's bearing a demon mark too. Knowing that the only way to get rid of the demon that's been forced into her body is to force it on another human, which is against her moral code, or a djinn, who are rare but she knows who might have a spare or two. Jo drives all over the eastern seaboard and into the south with djinn, friends, foes and killer storms all popping in and out.
The results, rather than seeming scattered or disconnected, actually create a tight story and a macro universe from which many other stories can come (and I hear she's working on two more books now).
The story has a few good twists that you don't see coming and lots of action and a bit of sexual tension. All in all, a great recipe and a very readable book.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected March 26, 2007
By Tracy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I purchased this book based on the "Amazon" recommendation page. This was not a bad book, but it was not what I had expected either. I like science fiction/fantasy books and I thought this was going to be a little bit of sci-fi and mystery. Unfortunately, this ended up being more of a "romance" novel with a bit of sci-fi thrown in, if you can call it that. I liked the idea of weather wardens (people having the power to control the weather); I also liked the lead character Joanne. But, too much of this book focused on her sexuality and her attraction to the opposite sex. While I don't dislike this idea completely, it seemed out of place as the story progressed. It felt like Joanne was more concerned with her appearance and her love life than the fact that she was running for her life.

All in all it was not a horrible book and if you want a nice fluff piece with somewhat interesting characters this is an ok book. If you are looking for something with a little more depth and not in the mood for a "romance" type book, this is not the story for you.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't have it, GET IT. December 13, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a writer, and I'm jaded; I've read 2-3 books a day for 26 years. Few authors can catch and keep my attention. Rachel Caine put her hands around my throat and she squeezed. This went way beyond can't-put-the-book-down, she induced a state of reader coma so deep that I was sure if I stopped reading the story would go on without me and I'd never know if the characters survived. I finished it, then I re-read it. Do yourself a favor, ok? Buy it.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to buy and keep May 21, 2004
By ginnyk
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fantastic - really! A great book, a great read, a real page-turner - one of those books where I rush to the end of a page to see what will happen on the next page. The premise is made believable (weather is caused by evil somethings, djinni can be sources of power to magicians - including weather wardens), a secret coven (?) of weather wardens, housed at the UN Building, really save the world - almost daily.
This author makes her world and premises believable, her characters human (even the djinni), and the dilemmas truly frightening. As twists in the plot reveal new information and new factors they fit in nicely - no deus ex machina for this author. Lots of adventure, lots of risk, many moments of humor along the way, and a happy and tricky ending which I won't reveal.
I will be watching eagerly for the next book in this series and will buy it on the spot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars really quite good!
I was skeptical about this book based on the description and some reviews, but I actually really enjoy this series
Published 1 month ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Moving Great Character Driven Story
The story starts at a run and never stops. The author does a great job of simultaneously building the world and plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by amnightus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great series
Published 3 months ago by MISS HS THOMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the rest of the series
I picked this book up for a light, quick read and was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. This author really knows how to tell a story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sheepla
3.0 out of 5 stars Ill Wind
I did not like this book as well as the Morganville Series. I will not be reading the rest of the series.
Published 7 months ago by fastback
3.0 out of 5 stars We're In For Stormy Weather
I like that the book starts very fast-paced. The information about how a weather warden manipulates the weather is great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nikster
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Really enjoyed this one. Characters were very realistic and the plot kept me glued to it. Would definitely recommend to anyone liking science fiction with a twist.
Published 8 months ago by Marcy Hick
3.0 out of 5 stars A good enough story
A good enough story, not the best I've read but entertaining. I'm currently on the seventh book, and have read them back to back and not lost interest. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. Kirsty J. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Rachael caine
She writes wonderful vivid stories. This first book of the series is fantastic, can't wait til book two is available again.
Published 8 months ago by kathy benskin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to an Urban Fantasy series
Kudos to the author for being unique with the ideas and concepts presented. I do think the first half faltered from too much backstory and not enough content, but this changed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paperbackstash
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Rachel Caine is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the new upcoming Revivalist 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 until very recently continued to carry on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.


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