Gale Force

, by Kt Clapsadl

Gale Force by Rachel Caine
Weather Warden #7

Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is on vacation when her Djinn lover, David, asks Joanne to marry him. She’s thrilled to say yes, even if some others may be less than happy about it.

Unfortunately, Joanne’s pre-marital bliss is ended by a devastating earthquake in Florida. And she can’t ask David and his kind for assistance. Because the cause of the quake is unlike anything Joanne has ever encountered—and a power even the Djinn cannot perceive.

Planning a wedding can sometimes drive a normal person insane. However, a wedding for Joanne can only be a recipe for disaster. Not only is Joanne a danger magnet, but everyone seems to want to prevent the wedding. The djinn don't want to stop it to make sure they cannot be bound as slaves again due to the vows David will make. Many wardens are against it due to lingering mistrust from the djinn attacks. But, the biggest danger might just be a new group called the Sentinels. They want the complete and total destruction of the djinn, as well as any warden who stands in their way. Of course, Joanne being who she is, is target priority one.

I was glad Imara wasn't really dead, but her new life is sort of bittersweet. Now that she is the new Earth Oracle, she cannot really leave her post inside that church. She really isn't the same anymore, she is so much more. Imara can no longer make decisions to support either of her parents, as she must serve Mother Earth above all. I was really hoping to see more of the mother/daughter dynamic that really only lasted one book, but it just does not look like that will be possible now. In the end, Joanne really did lose her daughter, even though she still is alive.

I found David's lack of trust and belief in Joanne in this book to be a little frustrating. I understand that being a djinn, he really knows "everything." But you would think after all they have been through together he would trust her when she says something is there even if he cannot see it. It was explained that the stuff actually made djinns incapable of understanding, but I still thought the bond between him and Joanne would have surpassed that.

This book was a little slower paced than the previous ones. I saw it as more of a bridge book. I don't think it was quite up to the par set by the other books, but it was still pretty good. There is only two books left in the series, and I can only imagine whats in store for Joanne before she finally gets some peace. Well, I hope there is at least a little peace in store for her. She's been through so much, its amazing shes even still trying at all.


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