The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Rachel Caine is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy authors, just because her books are so much fun. Filled with loads of action and just enough romance to suit me perfectly, almost all of her series have been great reads. Based on the fun factor and good, solid writing, I’m giving Ill Wind and each of the other 8 books in the Weather Warden series, 5 stars. They may not be profoundly deep, or poetry in prose form, but they are wild rides through a uniquely original world, and any Urban Fantasy fan should love them. I really found myself invested in all of the characters, and that is one of my main criteria for a good read.
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden, which means she can control at least one aspect of the earth’s weather. In her case, she has power over the wind. Other Wardens have powers related to different aspects. Between them, they can, and do, influence wind, water, fire, and earth, in order to try to divert or soften the devastating effects from hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and other natural disasters. Their job is to protect human beings from nature’s attempts to scour us from the face of the earth. And they also use djinns, often against their will, to help them. Yes, djinns. Oh, how good is a story that has even ONE djinn in it, much less lots of them? Not faeries, nor vampires, nor werewolves, nor even wizards. Djinn!
There is a beautifully told love story that grows over the course of the nine books, but this is not a paranormal romance series, by any means. It is definitely focused on epic battles between the forces of Good and the forces of Evil, both of which use nature to their own ends. The fate of the world is at stake, and with no easy answers, there are plenty of nail biting moments.
Overall, it is one of the most original concepts I’ve read in Urban Fantasy. I was sorry when the series drew to a close, and so glad there was a short, 4-book spinoff series afterward. (The Outcast Season series). The only sad note is that both have concluded, so I may have to start over and re-read the whole thing. It’s that much fun!
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