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After reading and really enjoying the vampire series of books by Rachel Caine, my sister discovered a new series of books by the same author, so after discovering this fact i of course managed to snaffle the first book of her!
The book in question is - "Weather warden, Ill wind - Rachel Caine".
Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden, this simply means that can control and manipulate the weather, saving us from terrible storms and life changing conditions just by the control of her mind, this said due to the problems recently with a killer storm taking out hundreds of people the task is closely scrutinised by the powers that be, so when an unspeakable act aoocurs Joanne finds that she must run, but just cannot hide!
She feels she only has one hope, and that is to find her fellow warden Lewis, who is by far the most powerful warden around and her only chance to help clear her name for murder..........
I found this book really quite confusing at times!
The general premise is thta there are people who have the ability to control and manipulate weather conditions, and others that can control more substantial things like the earth and nature.
Due to these powers they are trained up to work for a government task force trying to downgrade any type pf huge natural disaster waiting to happen, as apparently there are many more than the general populace is aware of!
Alongside these powers they have they also have an added power sorce, with that being a "djinn" which from what i can gather are like the proverbial "genies in a bottle", who are in fact magical creatures that are keep in bottles, and give back up power to their owners, of whom they muct completely obey (good or bad) once bound to them.
These beings are immortal, so once a "host" warden dies the Djinn just goes back into a pot ready to be allocated to the next person, of course this makes the Djinn very angry, so are always trying to find ways to free themselves and generally cause as many problems as possible!
This in itself was hard enough to get my head around, but couple that with what is deemed as a "demon mark", which is in effect some kind of evil being that gets into your body and takes over eventually leaving you evil, i found at times quite befuddled with who was good, bad, or like me indifferent!
As with this authors other series of books (Morganville vampires) i did like you at least felt that certain questions has been answered within the book itself rather than being left to drag on into the next book (which i assume will be the case), but also leaving just enough to lure you in into reading the next book.
Even though this was quite action packed, it contained very little gratuatious violence, and sex was hinted at rather than written about, so again i would describe this as a book for the teenager upwards.
I am really unsure as to whether or not i actually enjoyed this, though i do feel that the last few chapters were probably enough to make me want to read a follow on book (if there is one!), just to see what happens to the character of Joanne, and also to see whether it was due to it being the first book (the scene setter if you like), that i felt at times confused.
Pricewise this has a RRP of £7.99, but was purchased part of an ongoing "buy 3 for £5.00" offer at "The works".
Thanks for reading x