Rachel Caine,
Weather Warden #5: Firestorm
(Roc, 2006)

The culmination of troubles for Joanne Baldwin -- and for humanity itself -- is at hand. Mother Earth is waking and she is not happy!

Not able to trust David, Joanne is unable to do anything but trust him despite the fact the Earth could turn him and all other djinn into unthinking killing machines. Joanne set offs with little hope but lots of spunk on the one slim hope left to humanity. But, as Joanne heads out to try to save the world as she knows it, it becomes terribly obvious that not all those around want it saved and are willing to do whatever it takes to try and stop her.

Some great bonding goes on between Joanne and her half-breed daughter, who is now all grown up. Lots of angst crops up as David, now forced to be the focus of the djinn race, has to force himself away from Joanne or risk killing her as more and more of Mother Earth's displeasure leaks to the world.

Though I did not think it possible, this volume is even more of a whirlwind than the others! I was turning pages in a frenzy to see what would happen next. Everything happens in a short time in a very fast way (making up for giving us a little breathing space in book four) and we feel Joanne's urgency in the tight way the plot is presented.

Some very telling character clues are inserted in the story, but don't blink or you'll miss them! Some hint at being very, very important in the future. And when you reach the end, you will join me in thinking Rachel Caine is evil for stopping there.

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review by
Gloria Oliver

17 May 2008

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