Heat Stroke (Weather Warden Series #2)

Heat Stroke (Weather Warden Series #2)

by Rachel Caine

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Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth's atmosphere-something that makes tomorrow's forecast look deadly.

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ISBN-13: 9781101133965
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2004
Series: Weather Warden Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 109,353
File size: 402 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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Heat Stroke (Weather Warden Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Wardens controls adverse climatic conditions to insure that no at catastrophes occurs on the earth. Until yesterday, Joanne Baldwin was a weather warden, but she lost her life in a battle with some creatures of the Never Never. David, a masterless Djinn converted her into a Djinn. She must learn to use her powers and take energy from the earth to survive because currently she siphons David¿s life-force and if she soon does not stop they both will die.---- Jonathan the first and most powerful Djinn, sends her to Patrick, the only other human to successfully transform. Patrick betrays Joanne leading to her enslavement by seventeen years old Kevin. The teen¿s stepmother, the sadistic sociopath Yvette uses Joanne as bait to lure David into a trap. While Joanne battles her enslavement, the rip in the inter-dimensional Void widens causing the deaths of Djinn and problems for Wardens. Only David and Joanne can fix the tear, but they are occupied with personal concerns of freedom.---- Book Two of the Weather Warden saga is a spellbinding tale that will appeal to fans of romantic fantasy. The love between David and Joanne is so powerful and unique that their feelings change the natural order of the world. Most Djinn detest humans for enslaving their kin to use their powers for the master¿s benefit but the lead couple¿s relationship defies even the laws of nature. The enslavement is very mindful of America¿s slavery in which Rachel Caine makes the case that even when the master is a kind benefactor the relationship remains an abomination. This urban fantasy is a thought provoking action-packed thriller.---- Harriet Klausner
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can¿t believe it took me so long to read this! I thoroughly enjoyed Ill Wind, the first Weather Warden book, and Heat Stroke is just as good if not better! This second installment picks up right where the first one left off, giving us some sexy scenes with Jo and David before the plot really gets going. The story takes us into the world of the djinn and introduces us to intriguing, new characters. We also get to see humans and magic from the djinn perspective, which is interesting and emotional, especially when it comes to the issue of ¿claiming¿ a djinn.Like Ill Wind, the the last few chapters of the book are a flurry of action that, while heart-pounding, is somewhat confusing, and not everything that happens is clearly explained. Another minor flaw is that Jo is a little slow in figuring out part of the mystery even after the reader has more than enough clues to piece it together. I also got a bit tired of reading about her hair every dozen pages. But these complaints are largely overshadowed by my sheer enjoyment of the story.Overall, Heat Stroke is fun, exciting, fast paced, romantic, and highly entertaining. It lived up to the high standards set by the first book, and the cliffhanger-ish ending makes me eager to get my hands on book three. I definitely recommend this series if you¿re looking for for a light, action-packed urban fantasy with an awesome premise.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light fun reading, really hitting it's straps now.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heat Stroke essentially picks up right where Ill Wind left off. Joanne Baldwin was transformed from a human Weather Warden to a Djinn in order to preserve her life. Now she must learn to use her new abilities while navigating in social circles where she does not understand the rules. There is also a new, unknown rift threatening to tear the world apart.Heat Stroke is another fast-paced book. Joanne barely has time to cope with one crisis when another strikes. She is again unable to gain her footing and often acts impulsively on whatever little information she has to go on at the time. Joanne is definitely not a big-picture girl and fails to see how all the pieces fit together until it is nearly too late. In this, she is a very flawed heroine. However, without this impulsive nature most of the action in these books would not take place.I am enjoying the Weather Warden series as quick, entertaining reads. I am not strongly invested in the characters, although I am hoping to see some growth from Joanne in future books. Although both books in the series so far have focused on disasters of large scale significance. the books have enough light moments to keep from becoming too heavy.
MelindaLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a contingency plan: the first one (there are six in the series so far) was interesting in that the weather concepts were neat, well thought-out, and researched, BUT the main character, Joanne did a lot of reacting and being acted upon. That is usually enough a deal breaker for me, but I thought I would give the author another chance. Bad move. Yeah, the weather part is still interesting, but yet again, Joanne reacts to situations and gets acted upon throughout the entire book. Considering that plot has been done approximately a million times, this book¿s hero is as interesting and useful as painting a condemned building is. Read only if you enjoy identifying with helplessness and powerlessness.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series. Our main character (heroine would be a strong word, but I wouldn't go so far as to call her an anti-heroine) Joanne Baldwin is readjusting to her new life, after dying and coming back as a djinn. Her relationship with her djinn lover, David, deepens as he tries to teach her about her new powers, but she soon learns of the great sacrifice he has made to save her life and transform her from human to djinn. Joanne's new life is further complicated when the other djinns learn about her new status, and then when she notices something dire happening with the weather. Sex, violence, and the weather--- what more could you ask for? This book is much more exciting than the first, and the action is much tighter and quicker. I'm looking forward to the next installment. Three and a half stars.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who turned up the heat? Well, Rachel Caine, apparently. Wow! This book was much more exciting than "Ill Wind", the first book in the Weather Wardens series. I enjoyed the first book but it took more forever to read. I was done with this book in less than a day. Joanne Baldwin in now a Djinn...you know, a genie in a bottle. But her hottie Djinn boyfriend, David broke a ton of rules to save her from death. Now they are paying the price. Bad weather is brewing. An evil woman wants to claim David for her own just to torture him. Joanne doens't even know how to fully use her Djinn powers. She meets the one other person who has gone from human to Djinn and she gets to see what he lost along the way. This book was literally a non stop ride. There was minimal romance, after a hot and heavy few pages at the beginning, which was ok with me. Joanne is a smart alecky, kick butt girl and her side characters are also interesting. I especially like Lewis, her co-Weather Warden who happens to have power over every aspect of the weather. There is an ongoing mystery of characters who may or may not actually be the good guys. There is also a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. I agree with other reviews that have said to have book three handy. The story ends with Joanne and David off on a life saving mission. I'm thrilled to see this series pick up on the excitement factor and eagerly await reading the next volumes. I especially encourage fantasy readers who are tired of the same old supernatural plots to pick up these well written books by Rachel Caine for a thrilling change of pace.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the second book in the series to be much more enjoyable than the first. Joanne is now a Djinn, unfortunately, her creation as a djinn created a big hole in the universe.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Painfully boring in the beginning, and way too much gushing about how beautiful David is. But it really picked up about fifty pages in and got very interesting. Glad I stuck with it, though this will never be a favorite series. Joanne is way too stereotypical for that.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Rachel Caine. I love the sense of humor that Ms. Caine gives her main characters in these books. Sometimes I have found that when series of books are about the same characters authors have some trouble keeping the characters as interesting. I do not have this problem with the Weather Warden Series. I stay interested in the characters long after putting these books down. I will be looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Rachel Caine, is a very talented author I will continue to keep my eyes on for many more great reads.
SimonW11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmm I recall the first in the series Ill Wind had had in its burb for this book spoiler for the first.Lets see if I cqan avoid that. Hmm Jo Baldwin is not finding it easy adjusting to her new life and is assigned a mentor? can he be trusted?can anyone?fun fantasy read definately a womans read fashion and posing are as important as adventure and pyrotechnics. It comes to an abrupt halt half way through a story line.
AJRyan6of7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is rare for me, because I'm usually not one to gush over a book, but I really did freaking LOVE this one! I think Caine's writing is brilliant. Just the right amount of action and humor, a little romance mixed in...just an awesome book. Rachel Caine is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So Jo is dead and she needs to learn what being a Djinn means. David is keeping her alive and she's trying to work out what's attacking the worlds. Meanwhile some of her enemies are trying to take over the world again, this time she has more and less power than she did at the beginning. An interesting story with plenty of twists and turns but definitely the middle of a series.
kusine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character doesn't seem to learn anything from the first book, and comes off as even less sympathetic. Not really worth it.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The upside is being a dijin gives you the potential to command huge amounts of power. The downside is that you have to be a slave to tap into it. So, what happens when the cosmic powers of a fantastic being are used and abused by the immoral? Check out the book to find out.For me Book two of the Weather Warden series was just as wonderful a story as Ill Wind and definately left me eager for more.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this series. This one's about the consequences of the end of Ill Wind. There are one or two things left hanging at the end that I'm trusting will show up in the 3rd book, which is waiting for me.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joanne Baldwin, formerly a Weather Warden with the power to control the weather, lately died in action and was remade as a djinn, a creature of immense power but also immense vulnerability to being bound to service. As she tries to control her newfound powers and negotiate her relationship with the sexy djinn who made her, a strange new magic threatens djinn and, possibly, all existence. I found the romance far too tell-y for my taste ¿ it was just hearing how sexy the guy was and how good the sex was, again and again ¿ though perhaps it's just been too long since I read the first one.
anne_jindra More than 1 year ago
She's hot, he's hot, the car is ridiculous. I'm seriously, it's a Viper, which a 10 Cylinder engine- turns out that's a thing. But Mona aside (oh yeah, the car has a name, she's the hottest thing since Kitt... Your moment of Zen...) what's really changed with Joanne since the last book is that she's dead. Or well, deadish. When a team of Weather Wardens chased her across the US, it ended in a misguided deathmatch of epic proportions. Much to the dismay of her old, hot, dead sexy Italian teacher, the team got her. Her Djinn, David, had other things to say. He brought her across to the other side and now she's experiencing the world, and Weather Warding, as a djinn. Unfortunately, despite being all powerful, she can get claimed by another Warden, so she has to fly under the radar while she tracks down the schism in the Wardens and clears herself. If it weren't for David, and the car, she might call it quits. The future was looking stormy. Anne Jindra On YouTube BadFantasyRx https://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2017/07/heat-stroke.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book going to get the next love Joanne and David
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LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Joanne Baldwin returns in book two of the Weather Warden series, this time around she's a Djinn. David, the Djinn in book one that joined Joanne on her journey helped her become a Djinn, but at what cost? With everyone against her, Joanne must learn to harness her new powers and it's another race against the clock. The duo notice some odd power is lingering only to realize there is a huge problem at hand that is growing rapidly. David is sadly, absent for most of the book, so Joanne is told to learn to master her powers under the tutelage of the only other human that successfully became a Djinn. This time the book focuses mainly on Djinn, after reading book one I was curious about them. All I really knew was that Wardens were able to use their energy and that they were servants to whatever Warden had their bottle. While this held true in Heat Stroke, I got to learn more and it rounded out the story quite nicely. I can't wait to see what issue arises for Joanne in book three. So far I'm enjoying the series, and recommend it if you haven't read it yet.
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