Total EclipseBook - 2010
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After nine books Rachel Caine finally brings her Weather Wardens series to a climatic finish and Caine uses almost all the mythos she's built in her weather mage and djinn world to make the series finale in Total Eclipse a satisfying one.
The initial part of the story, which picks up at the end of the last book is a little slow as the cruise ship which carried the Weather Wardens and Djinn to battle now travels through a kind of magical Doldrums leaving both species powerless. But once they make it through the edge, all heck breaks loose - Mother Nature's awake and she's taken control of the Djinn. She's beyond angry and is pulling no punches and she's on a campaign to wipe the plague of humanity from the face of the Earth.
The only ones standing in the way of the annihilation are weather mage Joanne and her djinn husband David - both sans their powers - and a rapidly dwindling number of Weather Wardens trying desperately - but with little success - to use their magical control over earth, air, fire and water to mitigate a plethora of natural disasters. Fires rage, along with floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, cities fall and their besieged inhabitants become vicious mobs who are unknowingly hastening their own extinction. It's a bit more apocalyptic than the end of the world scenarios Joanne has triumphed over before but this time a nearly human Joanne just isn't going to be able to save the world all by herself.
Once Total Eclipse gets rolling the action is pretty much non-stop and this final Weather Wardens book is pretty much what you'd expect from the series with the requisite cross country trek in a hot classic car for Joanne and crew, multiple brushes with death for almost all of our favorite characters, some sad goodbyes, some sacrifices, and a bit of trickery by David to get Joanne out of some tight spots.
I really enjoyed this final road trip with Joann and if you enjoyed the earlier books - even if you've given up on the series somewhere along the way - you will want to pick up Total Eclipse and even if it's only to say goodbye to old friends - Joanne, David, Cherise, Imarra and Lewis.