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Ill Wind (2003)

1. Ill Wind (2003)

The Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Adult Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

Only the Wardens stand between the wrath of Mother Earth and the clueless masses of humanity around the world ... and Joanne Baldwin is one of the best. Pity she’s on the run for her life ... Urban fantasy series. Followed by the Outcast Season series. ~ Goodreads

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 from the World Council. It seems he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn--making him the most wanted man on earth. And without Lewis, Joanne's chances of surviving are as good as a snowball in--well, a place she may be headed. So she and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him because there's some bad weather closing in fast.... ~ Ill Wind (Weather Warden 1) by Rachel Caine ~ Shelfari

Lead's Species Edit

  • Djinn

Primary Supe Edit

  • Djinn

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Djinn as leads who control and marshall the weather.

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First Person narrative told by Joanne Baldwin.

Books in Series Edit

Weather Warden series:

  1. Ill Wind (2003)
  2. Heat Stroke (2004)
  3. Chill Factor (2005)
  4. Windfall (2005)
  5. Firestorm (2006)
  6. Thin Air (2007)
  7. Gale Force (2008)
  8. Cape Storm (2009)
  9. Total Eclipse (2010)

Shorts, Anthologies and GuidesEdit

Free Weather Warden short fiction:

  • Oasis
  • 1.5. "No Love Lost"
  • "Midnight At Mart's"
  • "Ladies' Night"
  • "Claimed"
  • "Black Corner"

~ Link: Urban Fantasy short fiction by Rachel Caine

Companion Series, Spinoffs, Sequels or Prequels Edit

Outcast Season series:

  1. Undone (2008)
  2. Unknown (2010)
  3. Unseen (2011)
  4. Unbroken (2012) ~ final book

Other Series by Author onsite Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

New York City

Places:

  • Bellagio
  • Luxor
  • White Ridge, Nevada
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Bellagio
  • Luxor
  • Florida
  • California
  • Seacasket
  • Sedona, Arizona

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Weather Warden, djinn, Ifrit, elemental magic, Ma’at, weather manipulation, magic users, Fire Oracle, rebirth,

Glossary: Edit

  • Weather Warden: Control the weather are unaware of the Ma'at and have used the Djinn to magnify their powers to combat the storms, earthquakes and fires that ravage the planet
  • Ma'at: they are the balance to the Wardens. They cancel out the effect that the Wardens put forth
  • Ifrit:
  • Fire Oracle:

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • National Weather Wardens: An organisation which helps to prevent and control world disasters by controlling the weather, earth and fire. HQ in NY—headed by Paul Giancarlo
  • Ma'at: An opposing group to the Wardens, consisting of people with some control over the weather, earth or fire, but who do not have enough power to become Wardens themselves. Lead by Lewis Orwell, they focus on balance of power, which Wardens often neglect to consider.
  • The Sentinels: A group of Wardens who have created their own splinter group, led by a demon taking the form of Joanne's old boss 'Bad' Bob Biringanine. Have antimatter at their disposal and wish to wipe the Djinn off the planet.
  • Council:

World Edit

✥ The Wardens Association has been around pretty much forever. Some 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.... ~ Shelfari

Protagonist Edit

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: / What: / Sidekick-to: / About: / Book First Seen:

Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Joanne Baldwin Weather Warden expertise: wind and water; Imara's mother and lover of David; affinity for all three. Earth, Fire & Weather
David Cyrus Prince djinn Joanne's love interest; brother to Nathan; Joanne's one time lover; New Djinn Conduit for the Mother, Joanne's Lover and Partner. Imara's father;
Lewis Levander Orwell Weather Warden expertise: earth, fire, water, and wind; most powerful Warden ever; powers have been stolen #3; former college lover; triple threat Warden; he has Fire, Weather and Earth abilities; Leader of the Ma'at;
Paul Giancarlo Weather Warden Joanne's boss; former sector chief, now national head
Estrella Almondovar former Weather Warden expertise: fire; Has scars and burns covering her face;
Marion Bearheart Earth Warden ability to control earth; member of the council;
"Bad Bob", Bob Biringanine Weather Warden state Warden; Killed by Joanne, and that's why she's on the run in the first place; Later: a demon takes his form to lead the Sentinels;
Martin Oliver Weather Warden On the council. National Warden.
Jonathan djinn most powerful djinn;
Kevin psychotic teenager 17 year old with the Fire ability who has acquired Lewis' powers and a very powerful djinn;
Rahel djinn, turned ifrit free djinn; former djinn, now ifrit;
Patrick djinn human made djinn
Yvette psychotic human Kevin's step-mother; love with Cherise
Sara Ifrit
Paul Giancarlo Weather Warden controls a state; Head of National Weather Wardens due to upheaval of authorities, friend to Joann and controls weather;
Siobhan: hooker Kevin's girlfriend;
Quinn cop enforcer for the Ma'at
Charles Ashworth Ma'at was a weather warden
Myron Lazio Ma'at member
Sarah: sister Joanne's newly divorced sister; dating Eamon;
Cherise co-worker Joanne's friend; Kevin's love interest; Kevin's in love; F lorida local weather station; dating Kevin;
Eamon Boyfriend to Joann's sister
John Foster Weather Warden for Florida
Marvelous Marvin Weather man Florida weather station
Armondo Rodriguez Detective seeking answers from Joann concerning Quinn's disappearance
Alice Djinn
Thomas Orenthal "Orry" Quinn Djinn harvester Bad guy looking to harvest Djinn for personal use
Shirl Fire Warden
Chretien Joann's sister Sarah's ex husband
Genevieve: Joanne's mother
Ashworth Weather warden
Eamon Sarah's bad guy boyfriend
Emily Fire Warden
Imara half Djinn and half human David and Joanne's daughter; becomes the Fire Oracle;
Yvette Kevin's stepmother Kevin's crazy stepmother; power hungry like an ifrit
Ashan Oldest Djinn
Venna, "Alice" Old Djinn Jo likes to call her Alice because she looks like the girl from the story; Alice in Wonderland

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Author Edit

Rachel Caine

  • WebsiteRachel Caine - NYT and USA Bestselling Author
  • Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult UF
  • Other Pen Names: Roxanne Longstreet, Roxanne Conrad, Julie Fortune, Ian Hammell—Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad.

Bio: Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and horror novels. She also publishes media tie-in novels as Julie Fortune. Rachel Caine has been writing and publishing novels and short stories since 1991. She is a former professional musician who has the distinction of having played with such musical legends as Henry Mancini, Peter Nero, and John Williams. ~ Rachel Caine Author Page

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Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Roc, Allison & Busby
  • Author Page:
  1. Ill Wind: Paperback, 337 pages, Pub: Dec 2nd 2003—ISBN 0451459520
  2. Heat Stroke: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN
  3. Chill Factor: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN
  4. Windfall: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN
  5. Firestorm: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN
  6. Thin Air: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN
  7. Gale Force: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN
  8. Cape Storm: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN
  9. Total Eclipse: Paperback, , Pub: —ISBN

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Ill Wind (2003): Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden - waves her hand to tame the most violent weather. Now she races against accusations of corruption and murder. Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Because he stole three bottles of Djinn, he is now the most wanted criminal on earth. Can she find him before the bad weather closes in? ~ Goodreads | Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1) / 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 having stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn -- making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, Joanne and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him -- because there's some bad weather closing in fast.. ~ (Allison & Busby)

BOOK TWO—Heat Stroke (2004): Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth's atmosphere-something that makes tomorrow's forecast look deadly. ~ Goodreads | Heat Stroke (Weather Warden, #2)  / Joanne Baldwin's human life is over, but she has been reborn into Djinnhood. Until she masters her enhanced powers, she must avoid being 'claimed' by a human. When a hazard only a Djinn could sense infiltrates Earth's atmosphere, Joanne must convince someone to do something about it - or the forecast will be deadly. ~ (Allison & Busby)

BOOK THREE—Chill Factor (2005): Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin has protected the human race from monster storms, been killed, reborn as a Djinn, and then restored to her original form. Now she's throwing the dice to stop an infinitely powerful, deeply disturbed kid-who is holed up in a Vegas hotel-from bringing on a new ice age. ~ Goodreads | Chill Factor (Weather Warden, #3)  / Weather Warden extraordinaire Joanne Baldwin, who protects the human race from monster storms, was killed, reborn as a Djinn, and then restored to her original form. She's been through a lot – and stuck her neck out many times – to save innocent lives. Now she is rolling the dice to stop an infinitely powerful, deeply disturbed kid from destroying the world... A teenager has holed up in style at a Las Vegas hotel with the most powerful Djinn in the world, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The Wardens' senior leadership is dead, Djinn are disappearing, and a secret society wants to help Joanne destroy the teenager, even if doing so kills her again. But everyone in Vegas has a game going, and Joanne has to learn the rules fast because the stakes have never been higher – and all hell is about to break loose. ~ (Allison & Busby)

BOOK FOUR—Windfall (2005): Less than a year ago, Joanne Baldwin was an agent for one of the most powerful organizations in the world, entrusted with the safety of millions of lives on a daily basis. Now she's a scantily clad "weather girl" for a Ft. Lauderdale television station. After losing her job as a Weather Warden (those with the ability to manipulate the weather and avowed to protect humankind), Joanne is finding life in the "real world" not as enticing as she once thought. Her job as a cheesecake weather girl is humiliating, especially with a lecherous head meteorologist (deliciously named Marvelous Marvin McLarty) who delights in devising new ways to embarrass her on camera. But with her supernatural Djinn lover slowly dying and a recently divorced, shopping-addicted sister camping out on her sofa, Joanne's problems couldn't possibly get worse -- or could they? Throw in a highly suspicious detective bent on arresting Joanne on murder charges, a Djinn civil war, and a monster of an approaching hurricane --and suddenly Marvelous Marvin's antics don't seem so bad! Wildly unpredictable weather -- and women! -- and an extraordinarily entertaining female protagonist with enough sexy panache and irreverent attitude to make Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake look like an octogenarian etiquette expert, Rachel Caine's Weather Warden saga (Chill Factor, Heat Stroke, et al.) is an absolute delight to read. You want guilty pleasures? Read these novels, which are a little romance, a little urban fantasy, and a whole lot of fun. Barometer not included. ~ Goodreads | Windfall (Weather Warden, #4)

You think you’re having a bad day? Joanne Baldwin has lost her job as a Weather Warden and saving the world doesn’t usually come with a decent pension plan. It also doesn’t come with any guarantees of landing a day job that won’t suck or finding a mystical cure for her critically ill Djinn lover. Burdened with a difficult sister in need of rescue, accused of weather-related murder, and finding herself in the middle of a Djinn civil war … well, Joanne’s bad times are just getting worse. With enemies approaching from all sides, not to mention mounting credit card bills (Manolos don’t come cheap, you know) Joanne is praying for a windfall. But the mother of all hurricanes approaching the Florida coast isn’t quite what she had in mind. ~ (Allison & Busby)

BOOK FIVE—Firestorm (2006): 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, have broken 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 is angry. ~ Goodreads | Firestorm (Weather Warden, #5) / Putting aside the personal chaos that has plagued her, rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin must rally the remnants of the Weather Warden corps against a double threat-the Djinn who have broken free from Warden control, and a cranky Mother Earth who's about to unleash her full fury against the entire world. ~ (Allison & Busby)

BOOK SIX—Thin Air (2007): After preventing Mother Earth from destroying the planet, Joanne Baldwin lost her memories thanks to Ashan the djinn-and they will remain lost forever unless Joanne can recover her identity-and destroy the demon who is impersonating her, fabulous shoes and all... ~ Goodreads | Thin Air (Weather Warden, #6)

BOOK SEVEN—Gale Force (2008): Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is on vacation when her Djinn lover, David, asks Joanne to marry him. She's thrilled to say yes, even if some others may be less than happy about it. Unfortunately, Joanne's pre-marital bliss is ended by a devastating earthquake in Florida. And she can't ask David and his kind for assistance. Because the cause of the quake is unlike anything Joanne has ever encountered, and a power even the Djinn cannot perceive. ~ Goodreads | Gale Force (Weather Warden, #7) / Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is taking a holiday from her duties when her idyll is interrupted by her worst nightmare: a reporter from a legitimate newspaper. The last thing Joanne needs is someone exposing the supernatural world she inhabits. The sun chases the clouds away when her Djinn lover, David, asks her to marry him. ~ (Allison & Busby)

BOOK EIGHT—Cape Storm (2009): Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. But even their combined magic may not be enough to stop it-nor the power-mad ex-Weather Warden controlling it. ~ Goodreads | Cape Storm (Weather Warden, #8) / Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin was supposed to be enjoying her honeymoon, not running from a malevolent hurricane. Joined by an army of Wardens and Djinn on board a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. Only one problem: even their combined magic might not be enough to stop it. (Published by Allison & Busby)

BOOK NINE—Total Eclipse (2010): UNNATURAL DISASTER — Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin has defeated her longtime enemy and saved the world—again. But at what cost? Standing at the ground zero for the last attack, Joanne, the Djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that is destroying the magic that keeps the world alive. Joanne and David have already lost their powers, but that's just the beginning. The poison that has seeped into the planet is destablizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic on those who have never had it and taking it at critical moments from those who need it. It's just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos, destroying mankind—and every living thing on Earth—with it. (Published by Allison & Busby) / Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin, her husband, the djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that destroys the magic that keeps the world alive. The poison is destabilizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic upon those who have never had it, and removing it from those who need it. It's just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos-and doom. ~ Goodreads | Total Eclipse (Weather Warden, #9)

First Sentences Edit

  1. Ill Wind (2003) — Well, thank God this is about to be over, I thought as I drove-well, blew-past the sign that marked the Westchester, Connecticut, citMy name is Joanne Baldwin, and I used to control the weather.y limits.
  2. Heat Stroke (2004) — My name is Joanne Baldwin, and I used to control the weather.
  3. Chill Factor (2005) — The sky overhead was blue.
  4. Windfall (2005) — I kept trying to tell myself, You've survived worse than this, but it didn't seem to be working.
  5. Firestorm (2006) — I was tThere were worse things than being naked, freezing, and alone in a forest.hinking that the Wardens neeeded a new motto.
  6. Thin Air (2007) — 'Honey!" I yelled. "Get the phone, would you?
  7. Gale Force (2008) — 'Honey!" I yelled. "Get the phone, would you?"
  8. Cape Storm (2009) — I've had many oh crap moments in my life.
  9. Total Eclipse (2010) — Black corner.

Quotes Edit

“I don't like you. Like has no pulse. No fever. No fire. Like isn't what I feel for you. It never was.” — David

Trivia Edit

Awards Edit

Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit

Weather Manipulation

Djinn as Main Supe

Elemental magic

Ifrit

Pyrokinesis, Fire Magic

See Category links at the bottom of the page.

Notes Edit

See Also Edit

Category links at bottom of page

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