Review: Firestorm by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

Holy cow! I am so glad I stuck with this series. If the last installment was a bit of a miss for me, this one more than made up for it. It was the best of the series yet.

This book had everything I love about the Weather Wardens. Jo has her power back and she is on a mission. It’s not unlike Ill Wind, where she is tearing across the country in a fast car. Only this time, instead of trying to rid herself of a demon mark, she is trying to stop the destruction of humanity at the hands of Mother Earth.

Jo is healthy and strong. So is David. Unfortunately, they are on opposite sides of a battle that is pitting the djinn against humans. Though he has moments of clarity, David is now the conduit to the Mother and could be a danger to the woman he loves. Thankfully, she has their daughter to help her on her mission.

It’s a wild ride and it takes us through all the elements of book past. Lewis, Paul, and the weather wardens… or what is left of them. Cherise. Sarah. Eamon. The djinn: Rahel and Ashan. Jonathan. David. All the threads come together, and it’s action packed from the first page to the last. Jo is put through the wringer, but unlike what felt like a near-constant state of defeat in the last book, she is unwilling to give up the fight for any reason. Everything she loves is put on the line, but still she fights. She sacrifices, but she never lays down and dies, and that is so powerful.

I wish we could get a bit more time in the romance department. Let Joanna have just a shred of happiness before it gets ripped away over and over again. I am Team David, for sure, but there is only so much “we can never be together” I can take. The scenes they have together are great, but I need more.

That may be my only complaint, because this book rocked. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Imara. I didn’t know if an “adult” child could give me feels, but I really liked her dynamic with Jo. I want more. I’m worried.

And the ending? It’s a game changer… I just don’t know how yet. I’m just so glad I am reading these books years later and can binge them one after another. Great stuff. Would recommend.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Rachel Caine
Release Date: September 5, 2006
Publisher: Ace

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