Review: Cape Storm by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve got to give props to Rachel Caine. She isn’t afraid to take this series to places it’s never gone. With the single exception of Bad Bob returning as a villain in the last book, each installment in the Weather Warden series manages to tread new ground as it takes Joanne on an ever changing journey at breakneck speeds.

The last book ended with really bad news for our heroine. She has been branded with a pseudo-demon mark which has left her vulnerable to Bob’s evil influence. And dealing with that takes up the brunt of this story. All hell is breaking loose on the world with Bob at the center of it all. The wardens have all come together to protect Miami from a monster hurricane he’s cooked up. And they board up on a cruise ship to lead the storm away from the population at large. Of course, it’s a trap, at least in part. Bob knows how the wardens work and he uses that knowledge against them. But even worse, he is slowly breaking Joanne down, and turning her into his agent.

Though I felt like it took a little while to get into the meat of the story, I absolutely loved seeing this other side of Joanne. She can’t help the effects of Bob’s evil influence and she is clearly villainous in some parts of the book. A shred of her true self remains (at least most of the time) and that keeps her from becoming irredeemable. But man, did I like this device. She is so powerful and it’s cool to see her allies try to strike a balance between fighting and protecting her.

This is such a turning point for Lewis and his dynamic with Joanne. He finally lays his cards on the table with his feelings (whoa!) but at the end of the day, he shows how seriously he takes his responsibilities to humanity. This might be off-putting to some readers, but for me, it enamored me even more with his character. I just want to give Lewis a hug! And I love David so much—the way he feels about Joanne is so big and sweeping. They are epic together.

The book is action packed, and once again, the ending is shocking and turns everything on its ear as we gear up for the last installment. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. It’s been an amazing ride.

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Cape Storm
by Rachel Caine
Release Date: August 4, 2009
Publisher: Roc

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