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Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
In a subgenre that shows signs of getting stale, Caine has created a convincing and intensely compelling contemporary fantasy, with a kick-butt heroine who will appeal strongly to fans of Tanya Huff, Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris. Joanne continues to be a fascinating heroine, especially as more of her history is revealed, and her relationship with David is as sizzling and conflicted as ever, with enough detail to tantalize but not so much that it takes over the story.
All bets are off in this third installment of the Weather Wardens series. When we left our heroine, Joanne Baldwin had just died—again—and come back to life. She and her djinn lover, David, now set off toward Las Vegas to take down a disgruntled teenager turned psychopathic killer and the powerful djinn he controls.
When the duo are blocked by magic from entering Sin City, they discover the Wardens will do anything necessary to bring down the boy and gain control of his djinn. Other players have joined this high-stakes game, however, and Joanne soon finds herself caught between two ruthless organizations, both wanting to control much more than the weather.
The gray areas of her world become even more important as Joanne begins to realize the cost of doing the right thing and questions her life's work.
Caine has cleverly combined the wise cracks, sexiness and fashion savvy of chick lit with gritty action-movie violence and the cutting-edge magic of urban fantasy. While it can be read on its own, readers will enjoy the story more if they've read Joanne's previous two adventures.(Jan., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Jen Talley Exum
Published: January 2005