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WINDFALL
by Rachel Caine

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

2005 Modern-Day Fantasy Novel Nominee

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Caine ups both the pace and the stakes in the fourth entry in her stellar series. Joanne is as appealing as ever, and the revelation that the future of both the djinn and the Wardens -- indeed, of perhaps the whole world -- is at stake underscores both her strength and vulnerablility.

Joanne Baldwin's life just keeps getting more complicated. The newest Weather Wardens outing finds Jo unhappily employed as a weathergirl at a fourth- rate Florida tv station, saddled with her newly divorced sister, suspected of weather-tampering and missing her djinn lover, David, who is confined to his bottle trying to heal from the damage he sustained during their Las Vegas fiasco. And that's just for starters. The truce between the Wardens and the djinn is deteriorating quickly, and a battle between the two powerful forces could spell disaster for the entire world. Joanne unwillingly is drawn into the thick of the fray, facing an unthinkable choice between her love for David and the future of humanity.

Unflinchingly honest with herself and more than willing to acknowledge her own failings, Joanne cannot help but draw the reader's sympathy and affection. Colorful supporting characters, including her fellow bikini-clad weathergirl, Cherise, lighten this thundercloud of a novel, but on the whole this is the darkest, most enthralling and most powerful novel yet from the talented Caine.(Nov., 352 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jen Talley Exum

Publisher: Roc

Published: November 2005

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Submitted by Robin in PA on November 27, 2011 - 2:40pm.

Joanne Baldwin is having a tough time. The former Weather Warden is forbidden to use her powers, so she takes a job she hates as a TV weather girl. The Wardens are watching her because they believe she may be manipulating the weather in Florida. On top of that, Djinns who do not like being enslaved and are breaking away from the Wardens in an all out war; a vengeful cop is following Joanne around town, trying to ask her questions about the disappearance of his partner in Las Vegas; and Joanne's newly divorced sister has shown up on her doorstep. How is Joanne supposed to cope with all of these problems while trying to find a way to heal her Djinn lover, David, who has been turned into an Ifrit?

The fourth book in Caine's Weather Warden series is non-stop action. The series has a roller coaster ride feel to it and I'm not sure where we will end up. One thing I loved about this book was we were not inundated with meteorological terms like we were in the first two books of the series.

We are also introduced to some new characters including Joanne's new friend and co-worker, Cherise; and Joanne's sister, Sarah. I think we'll be seeing more from these characters in the future. Of course, Lewis, Kevin, Rahel and master Djinn Jonathan were back to try to keep the war at bay. My rating: 4.5 Stars.