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Ill Wind

(Weather Warden #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  18,482 ratings  ·  1,366 reviews

The Wardens Association has been around pretty much forever. Some Wardens control fire, others control earth, water, or wind--and the most powerful can control more than one element. Without Wardens, Mother Nature would wipe humanity off the face of the earth....

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the mo
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Ace Books
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 09, 2009 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 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
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Earth, Wind and Fire.

Weather wardens.

Urban fantasy books are like craft beers. Take your run of the mill romances, westerns and thrillers. Budweiser, Miller and Coors. Standard yellow, fizzy and bland. Alcoholic. Cool is about all you can hope for. But urban fantasy is like walking into an out of the way pub where they don’t blast sports and CNN at you from fifty different screens. You might get an IPA, a stout, or some high gravity concoction that fits into no discernable category. You might ge
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 10, 2010 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
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
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 12, 2011 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 was right, bu
Mar 23, 2014 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
Apr 29, 2010 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
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

A firm 3 stars to the start of this series. I like the idea behind the weather wardens and the twist at the end has actually made me more interested than I would have been to carry on reading this series.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it 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
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2011 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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Nov 22, 2012 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
Wicked Incognito Now
Oct 26, 2009 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 04, 2010 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
Sep 28, 2009 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
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
The first half of the story was sort of 'meh', but mid-way though things picked up. I think it's really more of a 3.5 star book, but the ending bumped it on up to a 4 star for me. I sure didn't see THAT coming. Also, I think I've developed a crush on David, so it looks like I'm going to have to continue reading this series. ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

4.5 Stars

I was so excited to get into Ill Wind, because I was honestly looking for a good urban fantasy and really, the books I've read lately have been just ok. I needed something with a good storyline that would leave me thinking about it while I wasn't reading, and always excited to come back to it. Ill Wind certainly delivered and I cannot wait to read more.

Joanna was in a pickle right from the opening chapters. I soon realised she trusted the wrong pe
Ill Wind starts off with a thunderous bang!
Joanne Baldwin, is one of the Weather Wardens and she's running for her life, being accused of murder and all. Nothing but her and her sweet midnight-blue '71 Mustang-Delilah- in search for the only man she can think of who can save her life. Only he's in more hot water then she is.
This is one road-trip-straight-to-hell that is not like any other as Joanne fights to save her life, the people that she's meet on the way, while trying to figure out who she
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: demons, urban-fantasy
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
Sep 02, 2009 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
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