Windfall: Book Four of the Weather Warden Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 2005
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Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).
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The first book has Joanne on the run from the Wardens, accused of murdering one of their own and while on the run and being hounded by a vicious storm, she meets David, a sexy and strange man hitchhiking along side the road.
I am not going to go into too much detail to ruin the books for those who have not read them, but ... Joanne is killed, born again as a Djinn (like a genie) and then dies (again) to be reborn as a human (not quite the same though) and she then quits the her job as Warden.
The fourth books picks up from there and was so far the absolute best of the series. Another cliffhanger ending is making waiting for the fifth on torturous!
In this book, there is major strain and heartache (I cried like a baby I admit it!) between Joanne and David, there is some interesting comments made by Jonathan about the state of Joanne, and Lewis's and Joanne's relationship seems to be moving into a more-than-friends relationship that I have mixed feelings about...mostly because I am in love with David! Joanne's sister comes to town in deep doo-doo and makes more trouble for Joanne, her job sucks and her boss sucks even more...thank goodness for Cherise because she brings some much needed humour and light into Joanne's life (if only temporarily).Read more ›
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Joanne's boss is too luck predicting the weather. The powers that be think Joanne is tampering with the weather. David has almost completely degenerated into an iffrit. Head Djinn Jonathan wants her to cure David or else. Joanne's sister is in trouble and crashing at her place. A cop if following Joanne around. And then things get bad and complicated. Joanne's past is catching up to her. The death of Quinn in Las Vegas has long arms. The Djinn are now tired of the rule of Jonathan and slavery to the humans. War is breaking out and Joanne is always right in the middle of things.
Well, the story of Joanne and David finally sees a form of resolution but the ending, combined with the excerpt of book five, shows us that things are not going to calm down for awhile. Joanne loves fast and powerful cars and her life seems to parallel that love. Interludes between the chapters provide some much-needed information about the way the world works although it takes a while to be obvious. All in all a fast-paced read that stands well with the rest of the series (now if I didn't have to wait a year for the next one). If you have been enjoying the series, this one will not let you down.
There isn't one single boring moment in this novel. There are so many twists and turns that you don't notice that you've almost reached the end of the book (or at least that's what happened to me). I wish it had been longer. There are so many awesome scenes and wonderful dialogue going on. The action-packed scenes are second to none and you picture high-budget film sequences as you read those parts. Of course, no film could ever take away the enjoyment of reading a book like this one! Joanne is as fun, quick-witted and cool as ever. She still loves fast cars and flirts with attractive men, despite loving David and doing just about anything for him. I love David, but his future is uncertain after reading this novel. I am loving Lewis though. The author keeps hinting at a possible rekindled romance between him and Joanne and that would be interesting to me. Great characters like Rahel and Jonathan are back, but there are some great new ones as well. I love Joanne's new friend and colleague Cherise. The pretty, fashionable, UFO-obsessed Weather Girl is the perfect complement to Joanne. I love their bantering! I also like Sarah, Joanne's sister, and I absolutely love bad boy cop Armando Rodriguez. I hope he will be featured in future installments. Eamonn is an interesting, three-dimensional villain and he will no doubt wreak some more havoc in future books. All in all, this is by far the coolest Weather Warden book to date, and they've all been great fun. We are left with several cliffhangers and I look forward to reading Firestorm with utmost anticipation. Keep these great installments coming Ms. Caine! You and Charlaine Harris have become my favorite fantasy authors.
As always, the writing shines. Descriptions of characters and situations literally bring the story to life before a reader's eyes. Heroine Joanne Baldwin continues to evolve and mature, while still holding to the kick-ass, make-no-excuses attitude that keeps her so unique a character. Fascinating new players are introduced here as well, from the fun and appealing Cherise (Joanne's partner in weather broadcasting hell) to some scary and intense new villains -- one of whom emerges in a twist that's both anticipated and still shocking enough to take your breath away. While I missed former players like Marion Bearheart and the mysterious Ma'at (who have a cameo appearance here), a healthy dose of uber-Warden Lewis and his ward, Kevin, helps to fill the void. I'm not convinced that Caine has resolved the Joanne-Lewis-David triangle for good just yet. Which only makes things more interesting. David junkies like myself will struggle with the awfulness of his transformation -- one which began in "Chill Factor" and that grows progressively worse in this installment. Through it, we get a greater glimpse of who the Djinn are, as well as a history of their union with the Wardens -- one that brings new meaning to the old saying that love hurts.
What's more, Windfall expands and intensifies the conflicts of the Warden universe. The author has been skillfully building these since the beginning of the series with a frightening inevitability that resembles nothing so much as a march to war. In the context of real world events, that makes these stories timely, and it's amazing the way that Caine evokes that kind of reality, even in a fantasy-based setting. And even though this novel left me craving a double martini and a hefty dose of Prozac at the end, I can't recommend it enough. Fans of the series will not be disappointed...
But now I'm finally writing the review. Expect it to be rambling and full of me gushing about how much I love this series and this book in particular.
I love Windfall so much, I've borrowed it from the library four times in succession, and even got an overdue fine because I didn't want to take it back. The books aren't available to buy here, so I have to rely on the library. But it's worth the fines and the borrowing since the book is so damned good.
If you've read the other reviews, you'll know the basic plot - Joanne has moved back to her hometown of Florida after quitting the Wardens, has a new job as a TV weather girl at a local station, and is trying to find a solution to her problem. What's her problem? Her Djinn lover David is draining her power. In Chill Factor, he was turned Ifrit, and is slowly wasting away to full Ifrit state. On top of this, Jo has a police officer from the Las Vegas police department on her case (he wants information about his dead partner Quinn from Chill Factor), master Djinn Jonathan has given her an ultimatum - heal David or else, her older sister Sarah turns up homeless and wanting to shack up with Jo (and meets a "cute British guy" who is not what he seems), Jo is still pregnant with a Djinn child forced onto her by David and she is forced to wear stupid foam outfits at her job and is continually hit on her by her sleazy weatherman co-star.
All these plot elements add up to one fantastic story - and this is only the tip of the iceberg. This all escalates into something much larger as the book goes on. It seems like too many storylines to follow at once but it's all woven together easily and will keep you riveted.
On the character side of the things - all the favourites are still around. I was glad to see that Lewis still had a major part in this story, he's one of my favourites. I'm also glad Rahel is still in it, and I'm surprised at how much I like Jonathan (I hated him in Heat Stroke & Chill Factor). The new characters are great too - even though Jo's sister Sarah is annoying, it's hard to hate her. Cherise, Jo's sidekick in weather presenting hell is one of the best new characters introduced to the book in ages! She's cute, perky and hilarious. Her and Jo's banter lightens the more darker serious tone of the book (I'm so glad she's going to be in Firestorm!). Eamon, otherwise known as "cute British guy" (a name given to him by Jo and Cherise) is a two dimensional character who is very very interesting. What disappointed me is that Marion was left out of this installment, and that they brought Kevin back. Kevin REALLY annoys me, he's so tiresome.
Some scenes of Windfall left me in tears - especially most of the (limited unfortunately) scenes with Jo and David. I'm a David fan, so to see him transform into something horrible is just awful - their relationship is heartbreaking and one scene near the end of the book had me crying. I'm kind of worried that it's over for them now, but we'll find out in Firestorm. This book is much darker and much more serious then the previous books, and is full of action. It's non-stop, there's no boring scenes. The humour is still present - most of Jo and Cherise's adventures at their job are amusing, and the "great mall expedition of 2003" bit had me laughing.
Well, I did ramble and say how much I loved this book. I truly do. It's the best of the series (maybe to be surpassed by Firestorm?), and Rachel Caine continues to impress me with her writing skills. The Weather Wardens are my favourite book series of all time, and Windfall definitely is one of the best books I've ever read. You absolutely need to read the previous books before cracking into this one, they provide backstory for the events of this one.
I'm eagerly anticipating Firestorm (September 5th!), and more from our fiesty heroine Jo. Well done Rachel Caine!
So here I am all bleary-eyed, tired, and swilling coffee so that I can tell the world that if you liked the Weather Warden series even a little, you absolutely, positively, undoubtedly gotta buy this book. It's by far the best of the lot, a significant accomplishment considering the high caliber of the other offerings.
You probably already know the plot, but just in case you haven't read any of the other reviews here's a brief synopsis: Our hero Joanne has quit her job as Weather Warden and is now working as the assistant weather girl for television station in Florida, wearing outrageous costumes, getting soaked with water, and being sexually harassed by her slimy boss. But that is the least of her problems... Her older sister shows up broke with no place to live, Detective Quinn's former law enforcement partner Rodriguez shows up inquiring about his death, Quinn's former drug dealing buddies show up looking for the djinn he stole, Joanne's sister's new boyfriend (she just met) makes himself at home, Joanne is losing her powers, and last, but certainly not least, her djinn lover David is becoming an Ilfrit (and draining her power to stay alive).
Oh, and let's not forget the demon-marked rogue Wardens who are trying to kill Lewis and Kevin or the fact that the djinn have had enough of captivity and are beginning to kill Wardens in order to obtain their freedom. And, if all that isn't enough, the storm of the millennium (the very one that destroyed Atlantis and has been trying to wipe out the earth ever since) is back and becoming sentient again...
There's more twists and turns than a first rate roller coaster all leading to a cataclysmic showdown that foreshadows a killer fifth book in the series. I can't wait for the next installment. Even if it's half as good as this one it'll be worth the read. But I digress. Buy this book now; you'll love it!
Extraordinarily highly recommended!!!