Saturday, 8 January 2011

Ill Wind - Rachel Caine

GENRE: Adult Supernatural
PAGES: 304
PUBLISHER: Egmont Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones

Some Weather 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 most violent weather. But now Joanne is 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. Unfortunately, he's also on the run but Joanne and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him - because there's some bad weather closing in fast.


I have been a fan of Rachel Caine ever since I started reading The Morganville series, and I bought this book last year and have only just gotten round to reading it. The premise of this, the first book in the series, surrounds the weather and those with weather-commanding powers (namedly the 'Weather Wardens'). This is a great and unique form for a novel, well constructed and fantastically researched; I can't imagine how long it must have taken to fully research the entire series of books!

Caine builds the suspence fantastically well. Her writing is quick, sharp and witty and swept me along in its path. Although the Morganville series is aimed at YA, this is definately not aimed at younger readers and as such it releases all the sexual tension that Morganville has to suppress. Because of this it is sexy and sensual but at the same time. It really does heighten the sense to weather and makes you appreciates the danger of Mother Nature!

A fantastic read. Now, on to the next!

Oh, and just for your sheer enjoyment, here's a picture of Mandy and I when we met Rachel Caine and her husband at Waterstone's Northampton. Lovely woman!

Mandy, Rachel, and me!

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