#Review: Firestorm by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine @AllisonandBusby
This was my TBR Topple winner for September, huge thanks to all of you who voted for it, I’ve had this on my bookcase for about 10 years!
The genie is out of the bottle. Rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is racing to New York to warn her former colleagues of the impending apocalypse. An ancient agreement between the Djinn and the Wardens has been broken, and the furious Djinn, slaves to the Wardens for millennia, are now free of mortal control. With more than half the Wardens unaccounted for in the wake of the Djinn uprising, Joanne realizes that the natural disasters they’ve combated for so long were merely symptoms of restless Mother Nature fidgeting in her sleep. Now she’s waking up – and she’s angry…
I read the first four books in this series consecutively about a decade ago then hit my reading slump which lasted a few years so have had a few of this series on my shelf just waiting for me to get to them, you know how it is. Picking it up I wasn’t sure if I was going to remember what had happened so far in the series, after all it’s been a long time, my memory is definitely not what it used to be but Rachel Caine has added some useful reminders through the first few chapters to help jog broken memories like mine (thank you!) and before I knew it I was straight back into the series as though I read the previous books yesterday.
Joanne, now trying to combat the fact that the Djinn are no longer controlled by the Weather Wardens, David the Djinn she is in love with, and father to her daughter, Imara included. As she searches for answers and to resolve the conflict the world attacks along with the Djinn and the Wardens see things they have never seen before, at a time when they are weaker than they have ever been before.
Lewis, the strongest of the Wardens does all he can to help Joanne. I still suspect he is in love with her, I’ve held this belief for a few books now, but her affections are firmly with David, for now.
Rachel Caine does evil well and the two-sides of evil I’ve loved in this series are the human and Djinn. Eamon is the human evil, a cold calculating man who uses threats, kidnapping and plain nastiness to get what he wants. We learn more about him and his motivations in this book and I suspect things will get more sinister as the series progresses. Ashan is our Djinn evil and despite the fact we should despise him I can’t help but to like him rather a lot. He is consumed by his need for things to be the way he thinks they were meant to be and that drives him completely. It means he doesn’t see any wrong in annhiliation (I don’t use this word lightly). He see’s Joanne as a pesky ant who keeps thwarting his plans and boy does she keep getting in the way.
Finally, and this really does have to be talked about, Joanne’s love of fast cars. *sigh* I mean she drives some beasts in this series and this book especially. She loves cars, she loves them to growl under her foot and she loves to drive the hell out of them. Girl after my own heart that’s all I can say! (I know if you’ve seen my car you’d never believe that but hey have you seen insurance prices!)
Overall, getting back into this series has ignited the spark again, I’ve already got the next book in the series on the bookshelf so I hope it won’t take me a decade to get to it again! Thanks to my readers for voting for me to read this one and getting me back into it!
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Series: Weather Warden #5
Author: Rachel Caine
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: 5 September 2006
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Audio
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