Book Review: Firestorm

Firestorm CoverBook: Firestorm by Rachel Caine

Published September 2006 by Penguin|Pages: 320

Where I Got It: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Weather Warden #5

Genre: Adult Paranormal

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Summary: 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…

If there’s something Caine does well, it’s writing a book that I cannot put down.  Firestorm is no exception to that. I’m probably going to say this in all of the reviews for the rest of the books in this series, but things are getting crazy!  Mother Earth is starting to lose it, a bunch of Wardens are dead/missing/have demon marks, Imara (Joanne’s daughter) is quite interesting, and we finally see the Oracles mentioned in Outcast Season.  I think we all meet Cassiel, but I’m not sure, because she’s not mentioned by name.  We do see an angelic-looking Dijinn, which seems to fit her.  I’m pretty sure we’ll find that out later though.

Imara.  I like her, and she’s a pretty interesting character.  She’s more grown up than you’d expect.  She also grew up fast, so creating a Dijinn- even one who’s part Dijinn, like Imara- is definitely different.  Plus, she has the knowledge of Joanne and David, and while I have a fuzzy idea of how things turn out for her, it’ll be great to see how she gets there.

Random Note About Things That Don’t Really Have Anything To Do With This Book: This would probably be a good time to mention that I’ll probably be talking more about Outcast Season as I continue this series.  At some point, we’ll see the events of Outcast Season, which should be any book now, because there’s only 4 books left for me to read.

Now Back To Firestorm: Seeing how things are getting really bad, and how there are a lot of Wardens who are not accounted for.  And the broken agreement with the Dijinn, and Mother Earth losing it, and everything is GOING COMPLETELY BONKERS.  Especially because there’s something about Joanne that makes Mother Earth want to listen to her.  I like this whole idea that there are a lot more earthquakes and other natural disasters because Mother Nature is trying to heal herself.

Even with impending doom, there were still a few funny moments.  Mostly when Joanne was flying to the Southwest.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is when one of the pilots told them to enjoy their food because they’d be vomiting later.  I have no idea why I was amused by this, but I was.  It also a great scene because you learn that Weather Wardens and flying are two things that should not be combined.

I just really like where things are going, and how Joanne’s doing what she can to help.  Things are crazy, and they can only get worse.  Mother Nature is not a happy camper, and I don’t blame her.  The Dijinn aren’t really helping, particularly Ashan.  I thought his “relationship” was interesting.  They’re definitely at odds with each other in Firestorm, and while I’m not surprised he managed to end up with Imara, I think part of me was wishing he wouldn’t.

I just have this feeling that she’s somehow going to be used against Joanne.  We’ve seen it with her sister- which also makes you wonder what the deal is with Eamon- so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ashan (and any other villain) use her loved ones against her.

Final Thoughts:

I love the concept of the series, and how each book focuses on different weather patterns and elements.  Fire seems particularly appropriate at this point, but I honestly couldn’t tell you why.  Firestorm gets 5 stars for being another great book in a really addicting series.


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