Rachel Caine

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine (aka Roxanne Conrad) is a bestselling author of Urban Fantasy with 2 series for adults and one for young adults.  With an award winning paranormal romance also to her credit, she is enjoyed by readers, young and old.  She lives with her husband and 2 beloved pet iguanas in Fort Worth and still manages to hold down a day job!


My Comments

I picked up the first Weather Wardens book on the recommendation of a friend, and I was intrigued by the world of the Djinn that Rachel Caine had created.  It was unique and fresh and I loved that the magic in the world came in the form of talented people who had an affinity for different elements and could affect them accordingly.  It was a nice change from the paranormal romances I had been guzzling up until that point.  I’ve not had a chance to read the first book in the Outcast series yet, a Weather Warden side series, but am looking forward to it.

The Morganville Vampire series, even though written for young adults, were still a good read and again provided a fresh look at the vampire mythos and a whole town controlled by them, allowing humans to live there by sufferance and following a set of rules.  She creates characters who you can empathise with, even though they may not be all human and her writing style is fluid and easy to read.  The plots may not be overly complex but she isn’t afraid to throw her major characters into a tailspin and I have to admire her for that.  Definitely recommended if you want a good read!


Weather Wardens

Outcast Season

Morganville Vampires

Red Letter Days

Heat Stroke

The late Joanne Baldwin, ex-weather warden and now Djinn tries adjusting to her new life.  After a decision by Jonathan, the head of the free Djinn, she and her lover David are separated.  She must now figure out how to survive and control her powers alone and above all, stay unclaimed and free.  Things seldom go according to plan for Joanne however – being claimed by the worst person possible as a trap for David, a rift in the aetheric plane and mysterious blue sparkles leaking through in increasing numbers.  When the Djinn start dying and nature starts building cataclysmic events that even the most powerful weather wardens aren’t able to keep up with and humanity won’t survive, what can a newly created Djinn do, even in the most kick ass shoes?

Heat Stroke is the second book in the weather warden series and is as good and compelling as the first.  The major characters of Jo and David are really well written and you get a good mental picture of how they look and can’t help but empathise with them strongly from the start.  You don’t learn much more about them in this book and to be honest it isn’t necessary, it’s all about who they are now and how they cope with the events around them.  I loved the addition of Jonathan, the head of the free Djinn.  He seems cold and heartless but maybe there is more there than meets the eye?

The plot is really good, starts slow and builds up to a crescendo, the allegory of a storm building and breaking isn’t lost on me because of the weather warden Jo was.  The event near the end surprised me and while it could have been a deus ex machina, the foundation for it was laid very early on and fit perfectly within the ‘world’ Rachel Caine created.  The ending was left in such a way that I have to reach for the next book and dive straight back in and see what happens.  I love books that do that to me!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Rachel Caine
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Ill Wind

Joanne Baldwin has the ability to control the weather.  She is part of the Wardens Association, a large group of individuals who have talents to manipulate and control the elements, protecting mankind from the ravages of Mother Nature.  Unfortunately she is also running from the accusation of murder and there are some storms she just can’t control.  Can she get to the one man she believes can save her and will the infamous Djinn help or just get in her way?

Ill Wind is the first book in the Weather Warden series.  I’ve actually had this book for quite a while, having picked it up on one of my charity shop rampages.  I’ve only just gotten around to reading it and I wish I had done so sooner!

Rachel Caine has a very clear way of writing and it’s very easy to read.  The major characters are compelling and you are into the action as soon as you start chapter one.  I like the way it is laid out, you are in on the action as it happens then have brief flashback periods that fill you in on the history of the main character, Joanne.

I finished the book wanting to immediately read the rest of the series which is a good sign but unfortunately this was the only one I had.  The rest will have to wait!  Booooo.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Rachel Caine
  • Buy from Amazon (UK)