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

Rachel Caine
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Book Description

Someone's finally doing something about the weather...in the first in this series by the New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone and the Morganville Vampires series.

It's "A FUN READ" (Jim Butcher) from "A FIRST-CLASS STORYTELLER" (Charlaine Harris)...

The Wardens Association has been around pretty much forever. Some Wardens control Fire, others control Earth or Water or Wind—and the most powerful can control more than one. 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 known. Unfortunately, he’s also on the run from the Council. It seems he’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn—making him the most wanted man on earth. And without Lewis, Joanne’s chances of surviving are as good as a snowball in—well, a place she may be headed. So, she and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him—because there’s some bad weather closing in fast...
 
“[Ill Wind’s] forecast calls for murder, mayhem, magic, meteorology—and a fun read. You’ll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again.”—Jim Butcher, bestselling author of The Dresden Files

Rachel Caine is the author of several bestselling series, including the Revivalist and Outcast Season novels. Among her many popular novels are Daylighters, The Dead Girls' Dance, Terminated, and Black Dawn.


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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

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'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: #155,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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162 of 167 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 73 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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57 of 66 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's an Ill Wind that doesn't blow some good April 6, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
That seems to be true of this book as well. Ill Wind is the story of the chaos that results when a tailored microorganism destroys the world's petrochemical products. I found the descriptions of the collapse of civilization to be interesting, but found the scientific basis not quite believable. The jump from an organism that just destroys octane to an organism that destroys all oil- and plastic-based products is just too great.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book. Other reviewers have mentioned that it follows the standard "disaster format" of multiple characters and plotlines, but this works for me. I found each of the characters to be engaging (with the possible exception of Connor Brooks, who was just too whiney for belief).
I admit that I initially picked up this book because I enjoy biotech thrillers, but I'm glad I did.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ... son loves weather related things and this book has bad language. I...
My son loves weather related things and this book has bad language. I guess I should have checked more thoroughly, but it's not for a middle schooler.
Published 7 days ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars Not about petroleum. Wrong book.
First if all, a bunch of the reviews here are for a completely different book. Different plot, different authors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pan42
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series of books!
I loved the Morganville Vampires series of books by Ms. Caine/Conrad. I had not heard of the Weather Warden series until recently and decided to try them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kxyfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer review
I love it!!
Published 2 months ago by Summer Swan
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It was a good story, but it dragged slightly. It took me longer than I thought to finish because the plot was incoherent at times and I had to push through to find the links. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a great ride!
A good storyline that will keep you hooked until the end. On my way to the next one in the series!
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 4 months ago by Cathy Boyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot
Wonderful storyline. Could've used a little more sexy, but all in all a sweet paranormal romance. Would have liked a little more on the characters, especially the main one.
Published 4 months ago by Rhonda C. Fried
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 6 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read, would make a great series.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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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