Thursday, May 26, 2011
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
Book One of this series certainly starts out fast and furious - literally. Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden, capable of influencing either by calming or inflaming, a storm, and she's on the run for murder of a fellow warden, actually her supervisor, Bad Bob Biringanine. The weather wardens are jointly responsible for keeping the hurricanes, tornadoes and whatnot from destroying too many human lives and property, as it turns out that storms actually have some sort of consciousness, and are extremely malevolent.
The same thing is true with earthquakes and wildfires, and there are also Earth and Fire wardens who are tasked with keeping those under control, too. Very powerful wardens are assigned a djinn, and elemental creature who is able to multiply and focus the power of the warden when dealing with particularly powerful and tricky natural disasters.
Joanne owns a classic Mustang named Delilah, and we get to travel headlong across country with her as she tries to find her few allies to help her avoid being executed (or worse) for the murder of Bad Bob, and to rid herself of the demon mark inside her. The mark is the whole reason she killed Bob in the first place, and though it may have some effect on her powers, its influence is evil over the long term, and she really needs to exorcise it.
This is an interesting road trip, and perhaps a great beginning for a series, but after some of the special effects in Ill Wind, I just have to wonder how Caine can top the over-the-top weather action.