Monday, 1 September 2014

Book Review: Ill Wind by Rachel Caine (Weather Warden #1)

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. But now she is on the run from another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful Warden. Unfortunately, he is also on the run, having stolen three bottles of Djinn and become the most wanted man on Earth.

My Review:
Joanne is a Weather Warden, someone whose job it is to modify the weather to protect the public. Now she faces allegations of murder and goes on the run to prove her innocence. Her only hope is fellow fugitive Lewis who has more power than anyone else on the planet but will he put himself in danger to help her, even if she finds him? And when those chasing you can manipulate the weather to their advantage, death is just around the corner.

My first issue with this book was that Chapter One had 99 pages! Yeah I'm serious, 99 pages! I hate leaving a chapter unfinished and this one was way too long by anyone's standards. I love short sharp chapters where you keep thinking 'I'll just read one more' but with this book it was 'is this chapter EVER going to end?' That is not a good indset to be in. My second problem was that those 99 pages were very slow and boring and mostly involved driving around the countryside in a car, avoiding the clouds. It was not a very exciting start to a book and nothing about chapter one made me even want to start chapter two.

My next issue was the complicated weather related plot. You really need to know something about the subject to fully follow what was going on-so I was pretty lost. I know more about the subject now with my interest in storm chasing but at the time I read this and reviewed it, I was clueless, so I struggled. I suspect a few readers might have the same issue. I also found the main character a bit cold and uninteresting and I never really connected with her which does not help in a book that is slow moving. She is pretty dumb and unpleasant at times and I just felt that she had little depth or appeal. The romance, which I can really take or leave at the best of times, just fell flat and got in the way of the plot that was there.

I loved the idea of this book, the idea of a government agency trying to contain the worst of the bad weather to save lives, and evil people trying to use their power to cause disasters. It sounded so great but sadly the book had too much waffle at the start to keep me interested long enough to actually get to the main plot. Such a pity when this series seemed to have real potential and a real surprise from an author I like. Overall I just felt it was lacking in cohesion and interest. 
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