Ill Wind (Weather Warden Series #1)

Ill Wind (Weather Warden Series #1)

by Rachel Caine

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Someone's finally doing something about the the first in this series by the New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone and the Morganville Vampires series.

It's "A FUN READ" (Jim Butcher) from "A FIRST-CLASS STORYTELLER" (Charlaine Harris)...

The Wardens Association has been around pretty much forever. Some Wardens control Fire, others control Earth or Water or Wind—and the most powerful can control more than one. Without wardens, Mother Nature would wipe humanity off the face of the earth...
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, Joanne is trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she’s resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life…
Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he’s also on the run from the Council. It seems he’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn—making him the most wanted man on earth. And without Lewis, Joanne’s chances of surviving are as good as a snowball in—well, a place she may be headed. So, she and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him—because there’s some bad weather closing in fast...
“[Ill Wind’s] forecast calls for murder, mayhem, magic, meteorology—and a fun read. You’ll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again.”—Jim Butcher, bestselling author of The Dresden Files

Rachel Caine is the author of several bestselling series, including the Revivalist and Outcast Season novels. Among her many popular novels are Daylighters, The Dead Girls' Dance, Terminated, and Black Dawn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101133972
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2003
Series: Weather Warden Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 78,928
File size: 393 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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Ill Wind (Weather Warden Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joanne is literally a woman marked for death. As a weather warden, she commands great power, always for the good of humanity, but she's always been a little uncontrollable. The head weather wardens' fears seem to be proven true when she apparently kills a senior warden and acquires a demon mark. Now, Joanne is on the run, trying to prove her innocence and attempting to track down a fellow warden who can help her, if he will. If she didn't have to cope with people trying to kill her and Djinn with their own agendas, not to mention their masters' agendas, she might have a shot at it. Her only ally is a mysterious hitchhiker, and that is not a constant. There is Rahel, but the Djinn has a major attitude problem, and Jo can not bring herself to trust the spirit being. With time running out, Jo is forced into a battle that will have a surprising outcome. ........................ **** Take a little of the Fugitive, toss in some Kim Harrison or Janet Evanovich, and something totally unique, and you will get this book. Jo's running commentary on life has a sarcastic wit that is sure to make you grin. There is a sensuality factor, but it's not the all too common overwhelming, show and tell entirely too much that is the norm. Rather, it simply adds a touch of spice. The ending twist is one you won't see coming, but the originality is worth kudos to Miss Caine. ****
BookFiend10 More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book! It was quick and the plot was original- let me tell you there aren't that many these days! I loved the writing, characters, plot and so many other things that I read this book in a matter of days...! Oh you should read this book before even looking at the others in the series... Would I recommend you read this book; yes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this 1st book in Rachel Caines series. It was quick, witty and thoroughly entertaining. If you're a big fan of Jim Butcher and Charlain Harris, the Weather Warden series is a must!
Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. By page 130 (almost half-way through) I was surprised to realize not much had actually happened yet. While world-building is important, especially in a book where magic is used in an unusual or new way, this story seemed to have a lot of set-up for me. That being said, I wouldn't say it was boring at all, just a little slow. The story did pick up a little at that point, although it never felt super fast paced even once the action started. I liked the characters a lot (esp David and Rahel), and although I was sure David would be incorporated into the plot somehow further than his initial introduction, I was pleasantly surprised how things worked out. The last few pages definitely gave me an unexpected twist and I'm interested to see where the story will go from here.
imasucker4downworlders More than 1 year ago
Honestly this is my favorite series ever. But the first book was not that good at all, but u need it to read the rest, which is when it becomes awsome. Once u read the end of the second book you will be hooked! This book gives u alot of information at once, but u need it or it just wouldnt make sence. It is definatly a good idea to read this book and even if you dont like it, read the next one because then you'll understand why people love this series and u'll find urself buying the rest of the series.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ill Wind Joanne is a weather warden who works to control storms and prevent natural disasters but at the moment it's her life that's out of control; she's on the run from her fellow wardens who suspect her of murder & bad weather seems to be chasing her. She is running of time to clear her name and herself.I've had this book lying around for a while and could kick myself for not picking it up before now. Rachel Caine (IMO) is becoming synonymous with a good read. This book like her Morganville series is a fast paced exciting read. Highly reccomended. The end has a twist I didn't see coming and I am interested to see where it goes from here.
maughta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Non-stop action. Rachel Caine drops us right in the middle of a whole lot of trouble for Joanne Baxter, Weather Warden, who finds herself rushing against time to rid herself of a demon mark. A fast pace that got tiresome after a while and an ending that seemed a little deus ex machina marred this otherwise acceptable urban fantasy.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ill Wind is about a feisty, female `superhero¿. The first in the Weather Warden series, it opens with Joanne Baldwin, a Weather Warden, on the run. It seems her ability to manipulate the weather (an ability she uses as a Warden to protect humans from the deadly forces `Mother Nature¿ would otherwise use to wipe out us all) has gotten her into big trouble.Among her problems: she's an accused murderer, meaning that the branch of Wardens responsible for removing the `powers¿ of rogue wardens is chasing her; an incredibly powerful storm keeps following her and trying to fry her with lightning bolts; and she¿s in possession of one ugly, and slowly debilitating demon mark, which, if anyone finds out about it, and if she manages to get outta the murder rap, will `mark¿ her for major power-removal - stat!Ill Wind is fast-paced, exciting, and Joanne is one of my favorite kind of characters: sarcastic, intelligent and ¿ oh, yeah ¿ she¿s one of the most powerful Wardens in the world, though she doesn¿t quite believe it yet.
dalmador95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series. Joanne can be a bit whiny and often tells the reader why she shouldn't do what she then does, but the supporting characters are strong and the worldbuilding is interesting. These are fun reads, though they do have dark bits.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When storms start brewing, enter the Weather Wardens. These Weather Wardens are a group of several hunderd humans with special powers. They can change weather, fire, earth and more. Also involved in the world of Weather Wardens? Djinn, genie in a bottle, people meant to serve their masters. Oh, and Demons, who want to rot people (or Djinn's) from the inside out. Joanne is one of these Weather Wardens, she is fairly new to the group but has some of the strongest and unrestrained powers. The books starts off with Joanne on the run from the Weather Wardens, who are blaming her for murderering one of their highest ranking members. Joanne is off on a road trip to try to find the one person who may be able to help her. Along the way, she meets many characters, and some old friends as well. She also encounters more than her share of bad weathers, some very malicious and created just to cause harm to her. The story is fast paced and the ending is very unexpected. More than one, didnt' see that coming, moment. I tremendously enjoyed the flashback sequeneces where we witness a younger Joanne coming into her powers and then follow her joining with the Wardens. I am hard pressed to say where I feel let down by this book. After practically coveting the Morganville Vampire series, perhaps I expected too much from this series. I think to start, Joanne isn't exactly my cup of tea. She kinda acts a little like a hoochie and that was a turn off for me. Even when being leered at in a bikini by a nasty old guy, and commenting on being sexually harrassed, she doesn't really seem to mind it that much. Also, the descriptions of the weather stoms breaking up molecules and all that, didn't have the impact that I would have expected. I never felt like there was ever any real threat to Joanne or her friends. I have the next book on my shelf already and I do look forward to reading it. I am hoping this series goes uphill from here. A three star rating isn't bad in my book, but I feel like I was expecting something more.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a difficult book to get involved in. After dutifully reading the first half and skimming through the last, everything was rather... forgettable. I think the problems lay with the characters -- I just wasn't invested in them. The story concept is quite interesting, so I think it's unfortunate that this book wasn't more compelling. Perhaps the series picks up with later books?
AzhriaLilu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too sure about this when I first started, seemed a little "iffy" but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. The story turned out to be pretty good with some interesting concepts. I particularly liked her take on the Djinn.

Just started the second book, we'll see how that goes.

DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ill Wind is fast paced and chaotic. The story zooms from present to past and back again as Joanne attempts to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. The writing mirrors Joanne's frantic emotional state and I could strongly feel the sense of urgency that she was facing. At the same time, Joanne seems to take time out of her flight for survival to indulge her sexual nature by fantasizing about the man she picked up by the side of the road or remembering past encounters with various men. These fantasies seem trivial considering the gravity of her current situation.Although Joanne has some control over the weather, she believes that a storm is following her with malicious intent. Until some very specific evens occur, she is unsure if this is a natural storm or one created by another Weather Warden to end her life. I think I was expecting Joanne to have much more control over the weather than she seemed to at times based on her title of Weather Warden.Without giving anything away, I will say that the ending confused me a bit because I am unclear how it is going to lead the story into a series.Overall, I found Ill Wind to be an enjoyable read, although not one of my favorites. I am interested in continuing the series to see where it is going.
LeHack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writer chose a somewhat "hardboiled" approach in her writing, which worked for most of the book. Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden, responsible for the weather. She is on the run from other Wardens who are on the Council because they think she is responsible for a death of another powerful Warden. The book is nonstop action, with a little romance thrown in. I don't know if I would be in a hurry to read another of Caine's books right away.
laurenbethy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, so this book begins with Joanne already on the run, so I didn't get to really see any of the "Weather Warden" part of the Weather Warden series, but I was definitely hooked from the beginning. Because she is already on the run you get the story backwards, and you have to figure what happened to her and who she is running from and whatnot. I really enjoyed reading this book and I really want to read the next one, however I was kind of sad at where the plot went but oh well. Super fun and a different take on genies/urban fantasy in general.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't quite figure out why I enjoyed this story as much as I did. The somewhat vain and annoying heroine, the steamy scenes that happened a little too fast to be believable, and the confusing parts leading up to the resolution - these elements do not add up to a fun, entertaining read, but Ill Wind is just that. The writing is excellent, extremely vivid, almost Koontzian at times, beyond the caliber of most urban fantasy novels I've read. The whole premise - the idea that the natural forces of the earth are out to get us humans - totally sucked me in. That combined with the suspenseful, action-packed, nail-biting plot meant I could barely put this book down. It even had a few moments that made me laugh out loud. By the end, the main character had grown on me so that her glib comments seemed more clever than annoying, her selflessness erased the impression of vanity and a romance that was rushed and cliche, and the confusing parts were cleared up and forgotten. I won't pretend it's the greatest novel in its genre, but it's sure fun. I'm keen to read the second book in this series.
Lman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imaginative, original, well-written and exuberant; this is urban fantasy at its best! With a little bit of romance, a little bit of eye-candy, and lots of fast-paced action from the get-go, Ill Wind begins an inventive series that effortlessly entertains.No vampires, no werewolves; in fact, none of the usual suspects frequent this paranormal plot. Just the Warden Association: a rare assortment of members of our society, born with the power to control the raw elements of fire, earth, wind and water; and hence limit the effect of our natural disasters. Though their strength can be augmented by Djinn and demons and they thus form a strictly controlled hierarchy, determined by individual ability and personal potency, within these powers. Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden, who finds herself suddenly under siege from every direction when she is ill-used by a powerful figure in the association; and blamed for his death. As Jo flees from her colleagues her life story unfolds over the frantic few days this tale incorporates, along with the structures and strictures of a warden¿s world; and Jo¿s considerable innate power. And the difficulties this life entails¿especially when you cannot differentiate between enemy and friend.Undeniably this book is `brain candy¿ ¿ no more than a lightweight rapid read - I finished it in one sitting. But it was also highly-entertaining. The action began apace from the first chapter, and sped along as fast as the storm clouds, eloquently detailed amidst the plot, traversed across the pages. And though Jo is the customary sassy, superhuman female protagonist, commonplace amongst this ilk, her character is also warm, and funny and on the whole endearing; investing the reader with her ultimate fate. Plus the use of meteorology and elemental forces adds a clever twist and creative spin into the story-line.There are times when I relish being able to poke my nose into a book, and be transported away from the mundane, by spending a pleasurable few hours ensconced in an engaging, interesting otherworld, without too much depth of thought. This is another gem of a series to happily amuse in just such a fashion.(May 25, 2010)
rbaech on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's so disappointing to read a book that has all the potential but doesn't use it. The world that Caine has built is interesting and rich, but so much of it is skimmed over that it's difficult to enjoy. Similarly, the characters are fleshed out and developed almost as afterthoughts. The story meanders all over the place, despite the plot lending itself to linear development. I'm probably going to at least attempt the second book in the series, but I don't know if I'm going to make it all the way through.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intriguing mix of fantasy and weather in a fast-paced adventure.
jennclack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These books are a lot of fun! The main character, Joanne, is a weather warden. Wardens protect us normal people from extreme weather. She gets into some trouble when her warden friend becomes a fugitive. She also meets the gorgeous and charming David who also happens to be a Djinn. There's lots of fun action in these books!
TiffanyAK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like it quite as much as her 'Morganville Vampires' series, but it definitely came really close to being as enjoyable. It's a very different fantasy mythology that she uses in this one, but it's a very good read still, and I really got into the story. Rachel Caine definitely has a great talent for good, fast, fantasy reads: the kind that you can fly through in a few hours or so when you need a simple escape (no heavy thought required) and enjoy every minute of it.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. I hold so much sympathy for Joanne, it seems everyone in her past life that she learned to care about was taken away. Which leads to the present story line and the fact that anyone she begins to feel something for she pushes away for fear of the future.I was on the edge of my seat for much of this story. For a book this had so much more action that I was used to. I would find myself reading an entire altercation and then having to reread it to for things that I missed visualizing in my mind. I was amazed by the turn out, and it has me hooked I will definetly continue through this series.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Accused of murder and running for her life, Joanne Baldwin tried to keep a low profile. When even a storm can spot her and chase her down, that¿s a difficult thing to do. Of all her fellow Weather Wardens, Joanne wanted to get to the one she trusted most, one of the most powerful ones she knew of. Not knowing if Lewis would help her or turn her in was a risk she was willing to take. As Delilah (her trusty Mustang) went down the road with the storms chasing her down and only a few friends along the way, Joanne just might find a way to get her side of the story told. Book 1 ¿.. What a wild ride (the book and Delilah) surprising in so many ways. The description of the weather makes it another character in the story. Wicked weather that can be controlled is a very intriguing concept for this Oklahoma resident. Wow, and then to have a fire warden and a Djinn mixed in. Have to admit that this is one of the most conceptually unique stories I have read in a long time. You can also bet that I will be tracking down ¿Heat Stroke¿ (the next in the series of Weather Wardens).
gerleliz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, new twist to a series
Booknose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually love paranormal fiction but this one just didn't do much for me, I found myself increasingly disinterested in the plot and characters. I decided not to finish it, knowing I have about 2000 other books sitting in the tbr waiting their turn. Gave it two stars anyway, since I didn't finish it and there is always a chance it got better farther on in the book