Thu 31 Jan 2008
Rachel Caine, author of the Morganville Vampire books (the first one I reviewed here), is surprisingly prolific. She’s written at least seven books in her Weather Wardens series, published by Roc, and there are surely more to come. The Weather Warden books, unlike the Morganville Vampires, are aimed at an adult audience. Yes, that means there’s sex, but it also means that the characters are older and interested in different things. Ill Wind is the first book in this series.
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Although most people don’t know it, the weather is a lot worse than we think. Sure, there are tornadoes and hurricanes and tsunamis and all sorts of awful weather-related events, but, as Jo said, they’d be so much worse without the Wardens around to keep things under control. There are three different kinds of Wardens — Weather, who control water and air; Fire, who generally contain forest fires and other things generated by lightning, but certainly help with other kinds of fires; and Earth Wardens, who stop the world from being destroyed by massive earthquakes. Wardens have Djinn who help them. In order to get a Djinn, you must be of a certain power level and certain position of authority in the organization (which is, of course, a massive bureaucracy). Jo doesn’t have a Djinn yet, and she’s in trouble, because the Wardens association thinks she’s killed someone and gone rogue. (more…)