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Ill Wind: Weather Warden, Book 1 | [Rachel Caine]

Ill Wind: Weather Warden, Book 1

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 the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast.
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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 the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him - before the bad weather closes in fast.

Stormy weather: listen to the rest of the Weather Warden series.

©2005 Roxanne Longstreet Conrad (P)2010 Audible, Inc

What the Critics Say

"A fun read. You'll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again." (Jim Butcher, best-selling author of The Dresden Files)

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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 02-21-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good fun and fast listening"

    This was one of the books I bought through audible sale. And as recommended it was a very entertaining read. I really don't need "hot steamy" sex in my urban fantasy books, which seems to be almost mandatory these days. Even though this book does have sexy scenes, it's not overwhelming nor excessive which was a big plus for me. Also the story was straight forward, easy to understand and the main character likable.

    Unlike the other urban fantasy novels I read, Joanne is not an ass kicking "the best" weather warden ever. She needs help and gets it from a very attractive djinn named David. One thing I can say is that their romance is bit too hastely made. I mean I can see the attraction, appreciation, guilt and all that emotion jumbled together, but from that chaotic feeling to "true love" in several days? That was too convenient and quick.

    The ending was something I didn't expect and I would like to read more in this series. I found it is actually a series with a nice ending (book 9) so now I have to go hunt more.

    I recommend this series for anyone who likes a fun easy urban fantasy with a bit of romance!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 11-12-10
    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 11-12-10 Member Since 2007

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "This is a great series!"

    This was a really fun "read". The characters are great, the story has an ending. (I hate it when a author writes a partial book, it always feels like rip off).

    I knew when I was only half way through the book, that I wanted to follow this series. The narrator is great. Dina Pearlman is a real talent.

    I would recommend the "Weather Warden" to anyone that enjoys books like "One foot in the Grave" by Jeaniene Frost, and or "City of Ghosts" by Stacia Kane.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Indiana Reader Indiana, United States 02-05-11
    Indiana Reader Indiana, United States 02-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An entertaining listen . . ."

    The story's fast-paced and entertaining. The narrator is superb, and that's a help, too. This author takes a fresh approach to material that's been touched on before. Her heroine is flawed, but that's what makes her interesting. Nice descriptions, good writing, and an interesting cast of characters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 02-03-11
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A great series"

    Just go ahead and down load the complete series because it is that good. The books end in a cliff hanger but you will enjoy it and race to complete the series. I did not know that weather could be so interesting.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 09-21-13
    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2010

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "Oh my! Why did I wait so long?"

    Read from July 04 to 07, 2013

    Listened/Read for Fun (Library Audiobook/Paper Copy)
    Overall Rating: 5.00
    Story Rating: 5.00
    Character Rating: 5.00

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Oh my! Why did I wait so long to start reading these!

    Story Thoughts: Confession: Urban Fantasy is always hit/miss with me. I love strong women characters but I also need them to not be totally unidentifiable (they must have quirks and flaws). Ill Wind was right on the money with what I expect out of a very good Urban Fantasy novel. It had action right from the get-go! The story and character building happened as the story progressed instead of being an information dump. It also had heart! I was just really sucked in from beginning to the cliffhanger ending (I didn't dock Ill Wind for this but I did the next one LOL--you only get one cliffhanger free pass from me)!

    Character Thoughts: Ill Wind's characters ROCKED! Hard core rocked! I immediately felt myself rooting for JoAnne even though I wasn't sure if she could be saved (OK--as lead of the series I had a pretty good idea but you never know). I loved her fight to do right, her bone-headed ability to turn down the easy fix, and her end struggle! I loved all the boys too: Lewis, Phil, and David. I even liked the Weather Wardens that were on her tail! In other words, the characters totally sold me on this series.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Dina Pearlman / Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins


    I have never listened to a book narrated by Dina Pearlman before but I will again in the future. I thought she did a great job with the pacing, emotion, and timing of Ill Wind.

    Final Thoughts: I am on board with the Weather Wardens!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-17-13
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2009

    I am easily amused!

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    "Interesting and fun"

    This is an original take on the urban fantasy genre with Weather Gins. It has a strong start for a series and piqued my interest. The narration is wonderful and I plan on listening to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry-Lyn Love 03-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about Ill Wind?

    Fast moving and very well read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joann as she's a sassy girl with grit. Second I like David... he came in under the radar and turned out to be a knight in shining armor.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    Raquel, the gin always dressed in neon.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Joann laid eyes on the car that would replace Delilah, her mustang.


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer to read sequels as I am always wanting more. Ill Wind left me excited to listen to the rest of the books (and there's many - woo who!).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-30-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-30-12 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Weather that could charge by the hour..."

    You know that phenomenon called Gun Porn? Where we get detailed, descriptive and practically sexually active descriptions of weaponry - the guns don't quite need to wear condoms, but it can be close? Well, this book swaps out the guns for weather systems, but the pornographic imagery remains.

    Perhaps the word 'pornography' carries too much bias... how 'bout we call it weather that'll make you blush. But anyway, that's what this book contains. Lots of it! And I have to admit, I never thought weather could be so HOT this far north... hahahahaha...

    There isn't any graphic human sex, and I don't think there was much in the line of foul language or gore... but what the book does have - other than weather, of course - is a lot of action and suspense and character development. I really like the very original concept behind the Wardens and the Djinn and how Caine managed to make us like/care about the characters, the weather, heck, even an old car or two. I even liked the (somewhat odd) ending: it managed to wrap up this story, but leave the reader with a hook for the next book.

    The narration is... pretty good... though I found it to be a bit "breathless" sometimes. Certainly good enough that it didn't stop me from buying the rest in the series from Audible.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Shiloh, IL, United States 04-16-11
    Peggy Shiloh, IL, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it"

    This one took me a little to get hooked, but when I did, it was great. Can't wait to buy to second one. Plot twists were great.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 11-16-10
    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 11-16-10
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    "Weather Wardens Ill Wind is a fair breeze."

    Very exciting story well written and well read. I was enthralled by this story. I enjoyed the narration of Dina Pearlman. She does justice to Rachel's writing. All my thanks to both of them.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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