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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
ILL WIND (4.5) by Rachel Caine begins the Weather Wardens series, an urban fantasy romp that will delight fans of Laurell Hamilton and Jim Butcher. As a warden, Joanne Baldwin has supernatural powers that allow her to calm the most violent of storms.
But when she is suspected by the Warden's Council (think the United Nations, but scarier) of murdering one of its most powerful members, Joanne comes up against forces even she can't control.
In a cross-country race for her life she faces deadly storms, mystically powerful djinn, the constant threat of discovery and betrayal and, perhaps most frustrating, never-ending car trouble.
Heroine Joanne is a feisty and personable heroine, and Caine's clever writing keeps the reader guessing nearly until the last page. A roller-coaster romance heats up the middle third of the book, and meteorological details add veracity to the main plot. A fast, fun and thoroughly satisfying novel. Readers will definitely look forward to the next installment of Joanne's adventures. (Dec. '03, 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Jen Talley Exum
Published: December 2003