Series: Weather Warden #4
Published by Roc on November 1, 2005
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Less than a year ago, Joanne Baldwin was an agent for one of the most powerful organizations in the world, entrusted with the safety of millions of lives on a daily basis. Now she's a scantily clad "weather girl" for a Ft. Lauderdale television station.
After losing her job as a Weather Warden (those with the ability to manipulate the weather and avowed to protect humankind), Joanne is finding life in the "real world" not as enticing as she once thought. Her job as a cheesecake weather girl is humiliating, especially with a lecherous head meteorologist (deliciously named Marvelous Marvin McLarty) who delights in devising new ways to embarrass her on camera. But with her supernatural Djinn lover slowly dying and a recently divorced, shopping-addicted sister camping out on her sofa, Joanne's problems couldn't possibly get worse -- or could they? Throw in a highly suspicious detective bent on arresting Joanne on murder charges, a Djinn civil war, and a monster of an approaching hurricane --and suddenly Marvelous Marvin's antics don't seem so bad!
Wildly unpredictable weather -- and women! -- and an extraordinarily entertaining female protagonist with enough sexy panache and irreverent attitude to make Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake look like an octogenarian etiquette expert, Rachel Caine's Weather Warden saga (Chill Factor, Heat Stroke, et al.) is an absolute delight to read. You want guilty pleasures? Read these novels, which are a little romance, a little urban fantasy, and a whole lot of fun. Barometer not included.
Does Joanne Baldwin ever get a break? First, she’s trying to figure out how to save her Djinn lover from his demise. Then, she witnesses the outbreak of a Djinn civil war. This is amidst her perfect older sister turning up unannounced and needing shelter from an ex-lover, and her job as a laughing stock weather girl. Not to mention the stalker cop that she’s picked up.
Like many others, I experienced a turmoil of emotions with Windfall. We’re used to seeing Jo kick ass with her awesome weather manipulations. In this one, she’s almost powerless, based on her reluctance to let go of David. She constantly gets herself in a bind, due to her nature of helping people, but she’s always saved by someone else multiple times throughout the book. I found it frustrating to experience so many things thrown at her and her not getting to spend some one-on-one time with her lover, David.
It also felt like there was something slightly absent here. What I love about this series, is the drool-worthy scientific descriptions of the weather. There didn’t seem to be much of that this time around, except in some brief interludes in between chapters which were wholly focused on the weather.
We’re used to Joanne always running away from/towards something, and in this one she’s trying to establish a seemingly normal life away from the wardens. I found it a refreshing change, and was glad to see her making new friends and interacting with people who don’t have superpowers.
As with the previous books in the series, it was fast-paced and action-packed. These books pack a punch with their epic finales and it always feels like you need to catch a break after the twisting of emotions in each book. The weather warden world is nothing short of epic, it’s well thought out and unique. It’s also incredibly easy to read and get sucked into. Joanne is also a quirky heroine, snarky, powerful, but with a whole lot of heart. I can’t wait to read the next book, especially after that crazy ending.
Rating: 4 out of 5
On a side note, Rachel Caine is going to be in town visiting an expo here! I’m sooo excited, wondering whether I should bring my whole Weather Warden/Morganville vampires collection to get signed XD Hopefully I’ll post pictures in a couple of months.
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