I’ve been wanting to pick back up the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine for a while now. A few years ago I got into them, read the first three (and bought all of the others) and then set them down. Not for waning enthusiasm, though, but for the old bookstore distracted-by-something-else scenario. This week I picked up Windfall, the fourth book in the series, and wow, am I in love. Wow. I remember this old flame. Very well.
Windfall finds Joanne working as a weather girl in Fort Lauderdale. She quit the Wardens at the end of book two and is now struggling to make ends meet. Enter one down-on-her-luck sister, Sarah, and suddenly Joanne’s financial straits prove even more difficult. Oh, and her boyfriend, David, has become a power consuming Ifrit… and Joanne’s pregnant with his half-Djinn baby.. and… and… and…
A co-worker pointed out something fairly illuminating to me a while back – readers often read series so they can experience the same book over and over again with minimal variations on the same theme. Whilst I don’t completely agree with this elitist point of view (said the girl hooked on 80+ series) I do agree to a point… people like to read similarities again and again. Well, the thing you have to know about the Weather Warden books is this – expect the unexpected. No book is exactly the same as the one prior. In fact, Caine manages to surprise, and dupe, the reader again and again. Just when you think you know where it’s going Caine and co. surprises you with the unexpected.
Can’t go much into the details on this one because it will be spoilerific. Just, trust me, if you haven’t started this series you need to. Book four is one of my favourites.
5 out of 5 stars.
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