The Weather Warden series was the first books I read by author Rachel Caine, and it had me going to the rest of her book series when I finished the Weather Warden books that were released at the time. This book series still fits under my favorite category of the urban fantasy genre, but it is definitely geared more towards adults than teens.
Weather Wardens are humans who have the ability to control the elements (weather, fire, earth, and water) with the help of their genie-like slaves called Djinn. The main character, Joanne Baldwin, can control the weather. I love that her character seems real. She finds herself in some really sticky situations, and sometimes just feels like giving up. Although she gets knocked down often, she always gets back up. Everything doesn’t come easy to her like a lot of protagonists, which makes her more believable.
The series is interesting because, as an urban fantasy series, there aren’t any of the typical fantasy elements. There aren’t vampires, werewolves, fae, anything like that. Just the Wardens and the Djinn. If you aren’t part of the Warden Council, you don’t know anything about them. Weather Warden are books written for adults, full of love, romance, and sex scenes in addition to the battle scenes.
As of right now, there are 9 books released, and one planned for later this year. As with a lot of books, you don’t necessarily have to read them in order, but you would miss out on how the characters intertwine, what their motivation is, and the relationships that carry over through multiple books. As a whole, it seems like Rachel Caine has an idea of where the series is going, because none of the books seemed very out of place.
Some of the books start slow, once or twice I almost walked away from them, but I couldn’t do it. I can’t think of any series I just stopped reading, I usually finish it out. And I’m glad I did because they really picked up the pace and got to a point that I just kept wanting more. The books are full of twists and turns that you don’t see coming. She isn’t afraid to kill off characters or make you hate someone you once loved, or love someone you once hated.
Overall, Weather Warden was a great series to read as one of the first few in the urban fantasy category, and a great starting place for author Rachel Caine. I’m excited to read what she comes up with in the next book later this year.
Have you read these books? What are your thoughts?