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Ill Wind (Weather Warden #1)

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Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden - waves her hand to tame the most violent weather. Now she races against accusations of corruption and murder. Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Because he stole three bottles of Djinn, he is now the most wanted criminal on earth. Can she find him before the bad weather closes in?
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Roc
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Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 05, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it
I tried...oh how I tried to like this book. After all, I was talked into buying the first 4 in the series at one time. Unfortunately, I just couldn't. I "sort of got through it". And, since I've already purchased the next 3 at the enthusiastic insistence of an employee of Books-A-Million (that's $35 I'll never see again) I plan to read them. But my expectations are not what I'd call high.

This book opened up fairly interestingly but rapidly deteriorated into a rambling romance that amounted to an
Jan 18, 2009 Kristen rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
How to Write a Novel that Kriz1818 Will Dislike. Intensely.

Seat belts, please.

If there's one thing I don't like, it's a clue-resistant protagonist. If there's another thing I don't like, it's a protagonist whose identity is defined by (a) an unusual thing that she likes (in this case, hot rods), (b) an ordinary thing that she likes (in this case, clothes), and (c) her sex life.

I can't even add (d) her education and career, because quite frankly, this chick doesn't seem to have put any effort int
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Ill wind is an explosive debut about a group of wardens who maintain balance to the Earth, fire wardens, earth wardens, and weather wardens. Joanne Baldwin is a powerful weather warden who is running from the storm, looking for her powerful friend Lewis who is the only one who can save her from a demon mark.

The whole story is basically set out around a huge road trip, but it's a journey definitely worth travelling. The weather descriptions went over my head a little as they were a bit too scien
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I simply had no idea how much I would enjoy this book. First of all, it was very creative. Urban fantasy is full of powerful women. But Joanne stands out. She's a Weather Warden, meaning she can control an aspect of the weather. I thought the concept of Weather Wardens was really cool. That would be an awesome major and career path. If only. Also, this story starts with her in an very vulnerable position. The latest trend is to have heroines who can kickbutt and take names. Joanne can do that, b ...more
Sometimes it’s good to be late to the party. I just started reading the Weather Warden series and it is so nice to know that the series is complete and that I won’t have to wait to read the next book. There are 9 books in the Weather Warden series and I plan to read them all.

The Weather Wardens has a unique premise: a group of people are tasked with controlling the weather and to keep it from destroying lives and property. These Weather Wardens are assigned beings known as djinns to assist them
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
In this alternate reality, a select few are born with the power to harness the weather (air and water), or fire, or Earth: wardens. They control the world by controlling the natural forces, taking the bite out of storms that would otherwise decimate cities, helping the land regrow after wildfires and so on. Their power is augmented by djinn who do their bidding, but they're not invincible.

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden, and she's just had a Demon Mark forced onto her. Running for her life, s
I just finished my reread of this book. I have two new books in the series - the final two books - and I want to be totally fresh for the conclusion, so I plan to read them all again. Reading this was almost like reading it for the first time again. I remembered the broad strokes of the story, but I had forgotten all the little details and twists that made it so interesting. I'm very pleased to report that my enthusiasm for this story has not dimmed with time!

I absolutely love the way this story
Sep 03, 2010 Nic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, adult, urban-fantasy
" No good morning?" I asked. "What so fascinating? Cheerleaders practising naked in the parking lot?"

I had high hopes for this book since I love Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series. Thankfully Ill Wind didn't disappoint. It was an action packed, witty and unique read that left me craving more.

Rachel Caine writing is never slow, the action starts from page 1 and doesn't stop. She also knows how to surprise you throwing in plenty of twists and turns that you never see coming. The character
T's Book ~ Tanja
Oct 13, 2015 T's Book ~ Tanja rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!! Did you guys hear?!?!?! Rachel Caine just announced she is going to write another Weather Wardens Novel!!!!! Next to BDB this is one of my all time FAVORITE series!!! I can't even right now!!!! *update added 10/13/15

Wow where do I begin. Sometimes you just fall into a series of books that take you away. In this case I was taken away in an all American heavy metal car that that can kick ass. Joanna Baldwin is a weather warden, with a flick of her hand the weather above can move and ch
Aug 24, 2015 Sanaa rated it liked it
[3 Stars] I went into this book knowing that it probably wouldn't impress me as much as other urban fantasy books have lately, but I still wanted to pick it up because the premise just sounds so interesting. I wanted to read an urban fantasy book that didn't have shapeshifters, vampires, or fae in it, and this really scratched that itch for me. It was probably my least favorite first urban fantasy book in a series (that I've read so far), but I still enjoyed it and see its potential.

First lets t
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Not really a 4 star book because it's just another paranormal, kick-ass chick with an attitude & a big problem who keeps making dumb decisions to prove how thick-headed she can be & still manage to get by. I'm afraid I've about reached my limit with the character type, though. So, I'm bumping it 1 star because I think my ennui is driving my reflex rating down & the story had its moments.

The magic was quite different. I don't know enough about the weather to know if all the science w
Tabitha (Pabkins)
May 04, 2014 Tabitha (Pabkins) rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Highly entertaining and with an easy to like heroine, Joanne takes us on a road trip chasing after a friend that she thinks will be able to help but might just have caused a whole heck of a lot of problems. I really enjoyed the weather based magic system that this author created and the mixing of it with Dijinn magic.

This girl drives a mustang so how could she not be in for trouble? Hot men help too of course.
May 28, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it
As I was reading this book I was curiously divided on how I felt about it. One the one hand I was wildly in love with the premise. OTOH, I was not wildly in love with the protagonist. Even up to the very end of the book i was never sure if I wanted to seek out and read the follow up book.

So I decided to do a list of What worked and what didn't:

What worked:
1) The premise. How frickin awesome was the idea behind the main paranormal element in this book? Nature is not our friend. It is a living, b
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Jan 27, 2016 Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* rated it liked it
Recommended to Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* by: Jeff


“People talk about nature as a mother, but to me she's always been Medea, ready and willing to slaughter her children.”

This unusual Urban Fantasy has a modern day world where there are special people who possess the power to control the elements. They work together to make sure the weather never gets too out of control, to where Mother Nature isn’t a trustworthy beast that regulates on her own; instead she poses a threat of breaking apart our world any time, so subtle control is always neede
Nov 19, 2009 Natasha rated it really liked it
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Excuse me while I babble.

This book is really hard to rate. On one hand I didn't really enjoy the story overall (which is not to say I didn't like it, but I wasn't impressed by it) but on the other hand the storyline was really original-especially when compared to whats on the market at the moment. I mean c'mon, this book had genies! (Can you say awesomesauce?)

I don't think Jo makes a good Urban Fantasy MC—I don't even know if this book should be classified as an Urban Fantasy. She is one of th
Wicked Incognito Now
Dec 17, 2011 Wicked Incognito Now rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
Urban fantasy series about an organization (the Weather Wardens) that use specialized powers to keep the weather from destroying the world (along with Earth and Fire Wardens) and the Djinn that they use to assist them.

I love the tone the writer uses. Very fast, witty and quippy. Very big on the "I'm a kick-ass woman who loves muscle cars, sex, and driving fast, but I still love pretty clothes and designer coffees." Several clever turns of phrase here.

The story starts out in the middle of action.
Jan 23, 2010 Kimber rated it it was amazing
OK, the ending! I won't say anything but WOW did not see THAT coming.
I loved this book. It was a fun, easy, popcorn read, but still witty and smart. and If you are a dresden fan you will certainly like this book. Love the characters, love the original story idea.... I couldn't put it down and was sad it was over and that doesn't happen too often!
I felt for the character like I knew her and pulled for her and hated it when things didn't go her way. I love that she is both strong yet very vulnera
Dec 15, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing
First books in series don't generally rate as a 5 star book. You've got the world-building, getting to know the MCs, whether you like the MCs etc etc

This book just blew me away it was so original. We have Weather Wardens, controlling the elements and trying to control mother nature and storms, which can have sentience ie intelligence. Helping the Wardens are Djinn, but not willingly, they seem to be enslaved.

Can't believe I haven't read this series already. Luckily I have all the rest of the ser
Sep 09, 2010 Katyana rated it liked it
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gigi pryce
This is what goodreads has to say about Ill Wind-

First in the new Weather Warden series...

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him t
Feb 17, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, demons
I'll try to write this without any spoilers.

I struggled with this book at first. The beginning was confusing and the author dolled out information one grain at a time. I was extremely frustrated and considered quitting the book more than once. But I forced myself to continue and I wasn't disappointed. I would have given this 5 stars except for my frustrations with the beginning.

My only other (slight) complaint would have to do with the weather descriptions. Some were boring and some were so fa
Cathy (cathepsut)
Interesting and different plot idea. The four elements are manipulated by wardens with magic abilities. Our heroine is a weather warden, capable of manipulating air and water. She is a fugitive, running for having murdered someone. She bears a demonic taint and is pursued by evil forces, creating a malevolent storm, tracking her every movement.

The main storyline is interspersed with flashbacks of her previous life, providing some world building, giving her a backstory and slowly catching up to t
Sep 09, 2010 Gaijinmama rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I breezed through this one (pun absolutely intended!).
It was fun, creepy, kinda hot in places, and thoroughly absorbing.
For me, well-written dialogue is one of the most important aspects of a book and Caine does not disappoint. There's a lot of snappy, sarcastic banter and it definitely works.
The characters, too, are compelling and believable. Joanna, our
protagonist, is smart, vulnerable, powerful (she can make a life-threatening hurricane go bye-bye, folks!) and funny as hell. The villains aren
I really love Rachel Caine's writing style, and figured it was time for me to start one of her other series. I love the Morganville Vamps so much, and I hope I will grow to love Joanne and her gang, too. This is an original take on the urban fantasy...I haven't read too many involving people who control weather, let alone djinn (genies). Just like any typical UF heroine, Joanne is super strong and has way too many potential love interests to suit me, but I'm hoping it will all pan out like I wan ...more
I didn't love this. There wasn't anything wrong with this book, but I didn't really enjoy reading this much either.

I can't even come up with a decent review right now to say what's on my mind either. Maybe later.

Hearing Tom Jones sing My My Myyyyyy Delilah every time they mentioned the Mustang didn't help either.
Jul 25, 2011 Riannon rated it did not like it
This book has won the dubious honor of making it onto my very short list of books I have started reading and not finished.

It begins in medias res, with plenty of hints at supposedly exciting things that happened before the book began. It flashes back to them at seemingly random points through the book, and when it does, the action is pretty underwhelming when you consider how long the reader had to wait for it.

The main character is incredibly annoying. She seems obsessed with guys, and is fore
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 16, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I found Ill Wind, what with its darker edges and snarky wit, somewhat similar to Jim Butcher’s fantasies and Tanya Huff’s “keeper” books but the premise of weather wardens is one I haven’t read about before. The weather, for me at least, has never been so wildly dangerous.

The writer literally throws you into the story with very little in the way of back story or introduction and, initially, this was a bit of a stumbling block for me what with my limited patience and few working brain cells. Once
May 21, 2008 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
So I finally got around to picking up my first Rachel Caine book. I have to say I really like the cover design and artwork on this series. Simple, classy lines accompany the smooth, witching weather artwork making the overall package quite pleasing. I'm looking forward to how they'll look all lined up nicely on my shelf.

Joanne is a weather warden, one of a few hundred people on Earth gifted with the ability to control the elements. Jo's gift is over water and air. She can summon up a storm and
Nov 13, 2011 Janet rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
There was plenty to like about Ill Wind -- the weather control & djinn based magic system was interesting, the chase/attack action moved at a fast clip, the meteorology was accurate but still accessible, and there were a few twists that I wasn't expecting. However, a few irritants kept the novel to a 2.5 star level for me personally. I don't have much patience for romance novel tropes, particularly when they don't quite make sense for the story (i.e., you're running for your life, and you st ...more
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