“ Genre: Fiction - Mystery / Author: Rachel Caine / Audio Book „
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine (Weather Warden #1)
--- Book synopsis ---
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's 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 stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast...
--- My review ---
"People talk about nature as a mother, but to me she's always been Medea, ready and willing to slaughter her children."
(- Ill Wind by Rachel Caine)
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine is the first book in the weather warden series and the audio book is narrated by Dina Pearlman. Personally, I am a huge fan of urban fantasy but a lot of the stories, characters and plots can blend into one another. However, the concept of Weather Wardens really stood out and I'm glad I picked Ill Wind because I'm sure this series has a chance to become a favourite of mine.
I really enjoyed the plot of Ill Wind and although Joanne maybe wasn't the most stand out character in the beginning, I loved the whole concept of weather warden's and their magical abilities to keep the nastiest of weather at bay. The main character Joanne is a mid level weather warden and she has the power to control water and air and she can manipulate weather storms to a certain degree. Joanne also has a few fun quirks beside her weather welding abilities, such as she loves her Mustang (who she talks to as though it's a person), and she loves being a girlie girl but still isn't afraid of getting her hands dirty when needed. The whole story really centres on some trouble that Joanne has got her self in and her journey to get some help while trying not to dig herself deeper into a hole that she may not be able to get out of. Jo finds herself being chased by the good guys as well as the bad.
But it wasn't until Joanne meets David, the hitch hiker tag along that I really began to love Jo's character that bit more. Her relationship with David was what really had me finding five more minutes to listen to the book when I should have been off doing other things. David is sexy, sweet and with just the right amount of testosterone to make him a memorable male lead and his and Joanne's chemistry just sparks off the page. I don't want to say much more about David in case I give away any spoilers but he was fun to read about and although some of his actions were a little on the predictable side I still loved the direction Rachel Caine took the story.
In fact my enjoyment of Ill Wind was greatly increased by all the characters and I really enjoyed the inclusion of genies (or The Djinn) that high up weather warden's are awarded to help them with their powers. And yes it's the type of genies that live in bottles and grant wishes, although they are far from the Disney type version. These Djinn can be mean, manipulative and altogether plain scary, and if you ask them for a favour or wish be very prepared to word your wish accurately and without loop holes or beware the consequences.
There were a few sections in the audio book that dragged a little because of the need for background information on the characters and the world the weather warden's belonged too and the information was often just dumped in rather big chunks. However, on the whole the story was pretty faced paced and the action moved along swiftly. And even though I finished the audio book a little while ago the story is still quite fresh in my mind, which certainly doesn't always happen with what I read and/or listen too.
Despite Rachel Caine being a very well known author with quite a few different adult and young adult series available Ill Wind was the first book of hers that I have picked up and I can honestly say it won't be the last. I really enjoyed Ill Wind, it was well paced, well written and the story had me hooked right from the beginning. Rachel Caine is definitely an author that has the ability to keep me entertained.
The audio book was an unabridged copy, something that I always look out for. Unabridged versions are usually much longer and I hate the thought of missing out on part of the story to listen to something much shorter. The Ill Wind audio book was 10 hours and 6 minutes long and it really flew by, it made my daily commute all that much more enjoyable.
I have listened to a few different audio books now and one of the most positive things I can say about any narrator is that that they were forgettable. I just didn't really notice Dina Pearlman all that much when I got caught up in the story and I will defintely be looking out for her in the future. From my experience so far not all audio book narrators are as good as the next and I found Dina Pearlman very easy to listen too.
The Ill Wind by Rachel Caine audio book definitely gets a well deserved four out of five star rating from me. I would highly recommend Ill Wind if you are after a fun, entertaining urban fantasy read that is a little different and full of sexual tension and action.
I purchased my copy through my monthly audible subscription but you can find it currently retailing from Amazon for £14.24.
I have heard some great things about the rest of the series and I have already downloaded the next book and when I get the chance to listen to something it will be my next audio book of my choice.
For anyone interested the Weather Warden series goes;