Series: Weather Warden #9
Published by Roc on August 3, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin, her husband, the djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that destroys the magic that keeps the world alive. The poison is destabilizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic upon those who have never had it, and removing it from those who need it. It's just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos-and doom.
Inevitably, all good things must come to an end. Joanne Baldwin’s journey has been wrought with magic, fear, power struggles between Djinn and the forces of nature itself, some incredibly brave and charming people and with death itself. After following Jo since she discovered her weather warden powers to dating a Djinn who will go on and become one of the major players in the world, to coming back from near death and having to walk away from everything she’s ever known, you realise that a good character is someone who’s become as familiar as your closest friend. Reading Total Eclipse is a bittersweet experience, it’s sad to say goodbye to some of the finest characters (and book boyfriends) out there, but you’re glad to finally see them at peace.
Weather Warden series is one of the most epic I’ve ever read, and has definitely become one of my favourite series out there. No matter what, Rachel Caine seems to always keep on surprising you with the depth of emotion and plot twists so unique that you’d never see them coming. If you think about the unpredictable nature of the weather itself, that’s what your journey will be like experiencing this series. I won’t deliver any spoilers here, but this is probably one of the most satisfying endings you’ll ever encounter. Jo’s journey comes full circle at the conclusion of the Weather Warden series, as she faces the largest nemesis the wardens and Djinn together will ever encounter – Mother Nature herself.
As you’ve probably come to expect from Rachel Caine, Total Eclipse delivers everything that you would want it to, and more. The entire story arc to the series has been leading up to this final moment, and the climactic ending is emotional as is it heart-breaking and satisfying.
To some of the best characters in modern day fiction, I will miss you. You’ve opened my eyes to a world I would have never known, and for that I am thankful. For now, the story of Jo and David has finished, and I’ll move onto the Outcast series to discover Cassiel and Luis’s story.
I read this for a buddy read here. Check it out for our discussions on the plot.
Rating: 5 out of 5