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Ill Wind

Ill WindIll Wind by Rachel Caine

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Imagine for a moment that weather patterns aren’t as severe as they should be.  Given the severity and horror that follows after such natural disasters as hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian tsunami, it might be hard to fathom, but according to Rachel Caine, that’s just the case.  As Joanne, our narrator, would tell us, Mother Nature would kill us, given the chance, and the only thing keeping us from that fate are the “Weather Wardens,” of which she is a member.

Weather Wardens are beings with a supernatural control over elemental forces: Earth; air; fire; and water.  Most wardens specialize in one force or another, but there are the rare few who can command more than one.  When Joanne comes into a little bit of trouble (both through her own actions and those beyond her control), she attempts to rely on the help of old friends to see her through it.  Unfortunately, nothing goes as planned, and it doesn’t help that she seems to have a monster storm chasing her across the US, intent on killing her.

This isn’t a deep novel, and the characters in it aren’t all that deep either.  Joanne is a strong character (which is refreshing unto itself), and the author allows us to care what happens to her, but not a lot of attention is paid to development of her, or any of the other central characters.  Chances are, you’ll have as much feeling attached to her car (Joanne is a woman who loves her classic cars) as you do to the main characters.  In any other book, this might be a bad thing, but in Ill Wind, it’s fine; the book makes no pretentions to being anything other than a fantastic romp through a mysterious, yet familiar, universe.  A romantic subplot follows the main story, and you’ll probably get caught up in that, as well, but wonder exactly why you did by the end of the story.

Like I said, I’m not knocking the book.  It’s a great read, and one that you won’t regret finishing.  It’s just not going to top any critic’s “Top Ten” lists; instead, take it to the beach and have fun with Joanne’s adventures.

After doing a little bit of research, I’ve discovered that Rachel Caine has also written a couple of books for the Harlequin line of romance novels, and after finishing this book, I can’t say that I’m surprised.  Ill Wind probably crosses more into the fantasy aspect of supernatural romances than the romance side, but it’s clear that the author can write in either format.  It’s an entertaining book, and one that will likely keep you engaged until the end.

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August 5, 2006 - Posted by | Adult Fiction, Reviews

1 Comment »

  1. Have you tried reading Jostein Gaarder?

    Comment by Ann Spam | August 12, 2006 | Reply


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