Book: Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
Published August 2004|Published by ROC|215 pages|Purchased for my Nook
Series: Yes, Weather Wardens #2
Goodreads.com Summary: 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.
I’m finding the Weather Warden series so intriguing! We learn more about the Dijin, and that having a successful transition from human to dijin is very rare. So rare, that it’s only happened once. Not only that, she doesn’t realize what David has done in order to keep Joanne around in some way. I liked seeing her adjust to life as a Dijin, and her struggles with leaving her human life behind.
I really love the concept of the Weather Wardens, and we see more of what they can and cannot do. I also loved seeing the Dijin and the extent of their abilities…but mostly I loved learning about how they were created. There was one part of their creation story that I found really interesting, but I think it’s because I’ve read Outcast Season, and I’m curious as to how that will play out in this series.
The characters have developed a little, but they’re mostly the same characters we see in Ill Wind. I love that her characters are pretty consistent from book to book, while still growing at a natural pace. I love that Joanne’s bad-ass but loves clothes! I like that combination. As for Lewis, I don’t completely get why people seem to be so threatened by him. Yeah, he’s super-powerful, but he’s been rescued a few times between Ill Wind and Heat Stroke. But…maybe we’ll see more of why he’s seen as a threat.
I really love how Caine describes the weather, and I admire the research she must have done to make sure everything’s right. You get a great sense of how powerful and awe-inpsiring weather is, and you really don’t think of weather in the same way. One of my (very few) complaints is the length of each chapter. There were around 3 or 4, so each chapter was super long. I get not wanting to break things up, but shorter chapters…also good.
We also meet a lot of new characters, and we haven’t seen the last of Kevin, Jonathan, and Ashan. I can’t wait to see what Caine has in store for them, and all of the other characters.
Final thoughts: Heat Stroke was definitely fun to read, and while I really like this series so far, I’m not completely in love with it. I love the world that Caine has created, and there are some really interesting characters. It gets 4 stars!