Review: Chill Factor by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

Three books in and the Weather Warden series is keeping me on the edge of my seat. These books are so engaging and unpredictable. I think one of the things I like best about them is that Rachel Caine feels no need to stick to a formula. The trials of the heroine take her to very different places by the end of each installment, yet the series maintains a consistent feel and tone throughout.

This book picks up immediately after the events of the last one. All three installments, in fact, show the roller coaster Joanne has been on in a very short period of time. Only a couple of weeks have passed since her story began. Now she’s human again; David is bound as her djinn and the they are working together to try and contain Kevin, the troubled teenager who escaped with Jonathan. Kevin is using his djinn to keep her away from Las Vegas where he’s holed up, trying to live the high life.

Here’s the thing: Jonathan is stronger than David, so Joanne is basically spinning her wheels. Until Lewis and the weather wardens step in. They seem to turn on her—separate her from David—and she ends up facing not only Kevin on her own, but an entirely new group which appears to be working against her.

I still don’t understand where Lewis fits in this series. David is painted as Joanne’s true love. (Ignore the fact that they’ve only known each other two weeks and just go with it.) Still, Caine puts a fine point on the connection Jo has with Lewis. (And then there’s some thread with Rahel that only makes it murkier.) I can’t figure him out and I don’t know how I feel about him. I do know that David is completely in Joanne’s corner and there is a deep connection there, even if they are separated for much of the book.

The new group I mentioned, the Ma’at, and their claims about corruption among the weather wardens are interesting. But their methods leave much to be desired. Joanne gets put through an awful lot here and I can’t say I was thrilled about that. Something about the world we live in makes me double cringe to see a woman tortured cavalierly to force her to bend to the will of a bunch of entitled, rich, privileged men.

There is one twist I don’t particularly love, but I enjoy the serious enough as a whole that I’m willing to give it a chance to see it play out.

In the meantime, if you missed this series the first time around, and you’re looking for a fast-moving, action packed urban fantasy that skips the traditional vampires and shifters, I’d recommend giving these books a try.

Rating: B

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Chill Factor
by Rachel Caine
Release Date: January 4, 2005
Publisher: Roc

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