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Thin Air (Weather Warden #6)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  5,795 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
View our feature on Rachel Caine's Thin Air.After preventing Mother Earth from destroying the planet, Joanne Baldwin lost her memories thanks to Ashan the djinn-and they will remain lost forever unless Joanne can recover her identity-and destroy the demon who is impersonating her, fabulous shoes and all...

Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Roc
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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We’ve reached the halfway mark for the Weather Warden series and as far as I’m concerned, Thin Air is the best in the series so far. Since the epic world-domination build up from books 1-4, Thin Air throws all of this out the window and gets us back to basics.

Joanne Baldwin, our favourite weather warden with a wicked sense of humour, wakes up naked and shivering in a forest with no recollection of who she is. She is
Dec 14, 2008 Dianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dresden fans
Recommended to Dianna by: a random patron
Shelves: series-reading
It was pretty good. I enjoyed the play with the Evil Twin theme, and I enjoyed that the amnesiac Joanne got to make a choice between Lewis and David. The whole idea of David's undying love for her while she seems to be playing the fence (this plot point, while it rings true to life, has annoyed me) was tackled a bit in this book, and the teaser for the next book shows that it'll finally be tackled head-on.

Here's my favorite part of this series (especially in comparing it with other contemporary
Feb 22, 2010 Kogiopsis rated it really liked it
The spoiler-free version:

Rachel Caine pulled an amnesia plotline, and she did it well. Not only did it illuminate Joanne's character (I loved seeing her through Cherise's eyes, and Kevin's perspective was surprisingly interesting) but it progressed the plot, putting many of the main players in a position where they were forced to accept an outcome half of them didn't want. Again, I finished this book excited to see how the consequences played out in the next one - and part of that comes from kno
I usually don't read books in a series back to back. However, after that ending in Firestorm, I just had to continue reading. So I picked up Thin Air. Poor Jo! She really gets banged up a lot and in this book, her memories have been taken away. Imagine waking up naked and freezing and having no idea who you are. Lewis and David to the rescue.

This is really a cool series. I especially like it when Jo is in the Aether in Oversight and how the author describes what Jo can see. It's beautiful. I al
Angela Oliver
After five excellent, fast paced books, this one felt like something of a let down. Having the main character develop amnesia is a lame plot device in many stories, and whilst I could understand its purpose here, it still irritated the heck out of me. I think because to make amnesia work in a story, the reader has to have exactly as much knowledge as the main character retains, with them slowly realising the bigger picture as the character does. Because we are rather used to Jo's life and know a ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
The amnesia trope is done in a creative and unusual manner and it works for me. The first third of the book has good pacing and is very good. The plot slows for awhile at that point and I found it a little annoying but it picked up again after a few chapters and remained strong for the rest of the book. Jo spent a little too much time being rescued this time around but it went withe amnesia and the book set up far more power for her in the future.

Some past characters show up (at least one that
May 08, 2009 Alex rated it did not like it
Shelves: crappy-fantasy
Rachel Caine crapped out the first three books of this series. The next two required prune juice. This one required magnesium citrate and a lot of straining.

Also: I'd like to say that I hate to be picky, but I don't. I love being picky. And in books 2, 4, and 5, her fictional town of Seacasket was in Maine. In book 6, said terribly named town was not in Maine, but was in New Jersey. No explanation. No reason. No nothing. So either a) the quasi-apocalpyse in the previous book had its major effec
Wendy Darling
Randomly picked this up at a library sale because I like the author's Morganville Vamps series...and I liked it! It was weird to read a middle book, but it actually worked out okay since it's one where the main character has amnesia. I like the characters and the story and the paranormal stuff, though, so I'm off to find the others...
Aug 09, 2010 Kt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, hardcopy
The ending events of the last book were absolutely horrible emotionally. Ashan, the leader of the djinn who are against humanity killed Imara and completely wiped away all of Joanne's memories in an attempt to destroy her as well. This was all done in retaliation for stopping his plot to destroy humanity. In the beginning of this book Joanne wakes up naked in the snow with no knowledge of who she is. She is rescued by Lewis and David, but that does not go very smooth at first since she has no id ...more
Sarah A.
Feb 20, 2012 Sarah A. rated it really liked it
What a book!

I never quite read anything like this, the story goes as Joanne jumps from one mind to another, you see... (Spoiler) she has lost her memory and acquired new talents. So every time she feels threatened or in need, she simply gets in peoples heads and sees their memories. Now, imagine being inside Cherise’s head, or Marion’s head... Or even better (or worse!) Eamon’s!!!!

I can’t say I read anything like this, the idea that your heroine loses her memory? Yeah not so new… but her ability
Feb 08, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Picking up almost exactly from where Firestorm left off, this novel starts with Joanne Baldwin waking up naked and freezing cold in a forest with no idea of who she is, or how she got there.

In other words, the good old amnesia plot.

As the novel progresses, Joanne must (re)learn how to use her powers, as well as struggling with the emergence of a new (to her) power, and with trying to reconnect with her past life. Alongside this, further insight is given into the state of affairs in ther Djinn 'n
Sep 02, 2012 Susana rated it really liked it
As always Joanne Baldwin doesn't have an easy life. She has lost her memories and a demon is out to get her. And if she doesn't fight back, she risks loosing more than her past.
She risks loosing her life.
After the way that the last book ended, i really didn't know what to expect...okay, maybe part of me, was expecting that Imara would return. Which she does, in a way....but even so, this story was really heartbreaking.
I'm just grateful that the amnesia thing wasn't played in a way that could all
Oct 13, 2011 Valerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
Seacasket -- an important town which was consistently in Maine the past few books -- has randomly migrated to New Jersey, with no explanation. None. In a universe where it probably could have been explained away.

Rachel... I am disappoint.

Rest of the novel was... okay. Eh. My instinctive reaction to the amnesia thing was "oh HELL no" because I was dreading that the whole Lewis-Joanne-David love triangle would be played up, but luckily, that never happened. (view spoiler)
Apr 16, 2012 Wesley rated it liked it
I think this book was really big but then was chopped and some of it became the last 1/3 of the previous book, if this makes sense. Then a bunch of things were force fed into the previous book, leaving it offset.

I expected this one though to be an improvement and it was. A serious change in the entire series as a whole. You really need the previous book though for this, I’d highly recommending having this one ready to go as well. It took this addition though to make the previous one a little mo
The Listmaker
Feb 14, 2008 The Listmaker rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not quite up to par with the other books in the series. It's as if Ms. Caine tried to do something different; but you know what - if it ain't broken, don't fix it.

Relying on old soap opera cliches of amensia and evil twins serves no real purpose to propel the story forward. What small character and plot development there was could have been achieved without relying on such trite plot devices.

Still a good book, and a good recap of what's happened in the previous five books (think Cliff Notes vers
Dec 12, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it
This actually concludes the on going war between Wardens and Djinn that has spanned all the books so far. The author certainly has no problem killing people. They die left and right and the main character takes a beat down every book. Of course like many fantasy worlds there is magic healing so no harm done. I've always had a bit of aversion to this kind of easy save. It happens in the games too. But it would be a boring chapter if you had to wait for the focus character to be up and running aga ...more
Carolyn F.
Nov 05, 2014 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
I loved the start of this book. It's been long enough since I read the last book that I forgot what had happened with Joanne. I liked that even though some things were resolved, it wasn't a resolution tied up with a bow. Great series.
Jul 28, 2016 Isabella rated it it was amazing
My favorite book in the series so far. Amazing. I loved every bit of it. The part with Sarah sure did annoy me though. But wow what a great book. I love this world so much and I love David, Lewis and Jo. Cherise is also pretty cool.
Taylor Mortsolf
Dec 11, 2015 Taylor Mortsolf rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay, not as exciting as some of the others but I am glad about Jo but it figures that something else was going to go terribly wrong such as the very ending of this book.
Apr 04, 2013 Kerrie rated it it was amazing
These books are truly getting better and better... This one was amazing! Can't wait for more
Mar 15, 2013 Nisareen rated it liked it
Spoiler Alert! At the end of Firestorm, Joanne foiled Ashan’s plans to eliminate humanity when she persuaded Mother Nature to intervene. In retaliation, Ashan killed Imara and wiped away Joanne’s memories in an attempt to ‘unmake’ her. At the beginning of Thin Air, the sixth book in the Weather Warden series, Joanne wakes up cold and naked in the snow with no memory of who she is. She’s rescued by Lewis and David and tentatively puts her trust in them despite having no memory of who they are. As ...more
May 14, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing
These just keep getting more and more intense. The storyline keeps involving like a tight ball of hundreds of snakes writhing around the central figure: Joanne. I feel sorry for the girl. She needs a long break on that tropical island she keeps talking about. Just her and David.

Though I’ve been wondering about his commitment. I don’t like how he keeps popping in and out at weird moments. Hard to have a balanced relationship when you can’t count on any specific time together. When you’re not t
Julie H.
Dec 23, 2009 Julie H. rated it really liked it
Thin Air picks up immediately--and I do mean immediately (as in down to the nanosecond)--where Firestorm left off. In it we find Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin at both her most vulnerable and, because of how she deals with it, at her most likeable.

Without spoiling any of the fun, Jo must negotiate the increasingly complicated internal politics of the Wardens, the old vs. "new" Djinn, the Warden vs. Ma'at conflicts, and, increasingly, the unintentional implications for the natural world of all of
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I absolutely loved Thin Air. This's really addicting. Seeing Joanne have to deal with trying to get her memories back and working with Venna and Ashan because he's the only one who can do it. And Demon Joanne, who convinces everyone she's Joanne, but she's really not Joanne. Being a demon and all.

We see a separation between the dijinn- there's the Old Dijinn, led by Ashan, and the New Dijinn, led by David. Ashan's not the biggest fan of us pesky humans, while David is. So it would ma
Apr 18, 2007 Seth rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-f-h, modernfantasy
This is a nice transition book. Book 5 closed out the major story arc that began in the first book and changed the entire structure of the supernatural setting: the Warden organization was reduced to a skeleton of itself, vastly reduced in power but with most of the "bad seeds" gone; the Ma'at were coming out of hiding and their methods were gaining adherents in the Wardens; and the Djinn civil war was over and the Djinn weren't hunting Wardens anymore. The overall story arcs: the Djinn freedom, ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I can't believe this is the last Weather Warden book currently in print. For awhile there it started to feel like there was a limitless supply at my fingertips. But now I am forced to wait until August to continue the series and find out what happens next for Jo, David, and Lewis. I have decided Lewis needs someone. And I'm really not quite certain it should be Rahel. I think she could really put the hurt on good ole Triple-threat (all powerful, yet surprisingly fragile) Lewis. In any event, my ...more
Zabe Bent
Mar 05, 2009 Zabe Bent rated it it was ok
it's taking me a really looooong time to get thru this installment in the series. it's great that she reinvents Joanne in each book, but it's hard to keep track. at some point, perhaps it becomes tiring to constantly readjust to a new iteration of the main character. some people really loved the loss of memory, the evil twin and the evolution of her powers--and it's true to the character, which I totally respect. but it makes it difficult to follow (and root for) a Joanne who's not quite herself ...more
May 19, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thin Air is book 6 in the Weather Warden series & in some ways it is quite different to the previous books. Jo has completely lost her memory so she has no idea who she can trust and doesn't know her about her powers and how to use them. She's got to learn everything again from scratch and it's a steep learning curve. A lot of the book is focused on Jo trying to regain her memory & we get glimpses of events from previous books from other character's perspectives.

Joanne's interaction with
Tara Day
Apr 05, 2013 Tara Day rated it really liked it
I liked this one much better! It's probably my third favorite in the series. In a way, the flashbacks were brought back (yay!) and there's an awesome mile-high sex scene. Pretty epic.

I love the continual tension between Lewis and David, even though most of the time they work together. I kinda wish that Lewis would have been like, "I do still love you by the way" because that would have made the entire thing just awesome. David versus Lewis. Hell yes. But Lewis was the good guy who told her that
May 29, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Oh, this one was good. I remember when I first started this series and I kept thinking "Well, it's okay, but it's no Morganville Vampires." While that still stands true (I have a deep soft spot for vampires and hunky guys named Shane), this series has grown on me far, far more than I expected it to.

I especially liked the lack of memories part of the storyline. I have a thing for amnesia (favorite Sookie Stackhouse book of all time? The one where Eric loses his memory. Delicious!) and I really li
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Right," I choked out, and shut my eyes. "I'll wait here, then.”
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