Science fiction and fantasy
by Rachel Caine
In Chill Factor things get complicated as Joanne unearths corruption that overturns her views about the way the world works and who the good guys are. Djinn have been disappearing. Joanne is stalked by an Ifrit, which in this series means a dark and insubstantial being that feeds off Djinn. And to cap it all she meets a secret society who want her to help them to destroy the young man at the centre of all the trouble.
Whether free or bound to a person, the Djinn are dangerous to have as enemies. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for because you may get it.
Breathless and deadly, this book certainly doesn't lack for action or pace. However some of the vagaries of the plot seem to have been bolted on as an afterthought rather than planned from the start. We're introduced for the first time to a number of major events in Joanne's past, the kind of things that would tend to haunt a person. So it's strange that these things do not even come up until the middle of the third book in the series. As a result the story is a little less credible than it could have been.
Aside from this plotting issue, Chill Factor is highly enjoyable urban fantasy. Rachel Caine has a brilliantly visual way of writing that allows her dress-conscious characters to shine. In Joanne Baldwin the author has created a protagonist with no pretensions of depth or saintliness, a rash and tenacious modern woman who's very easy to like. Joanne and other characters like her make this is an electrifying novel.
Review © Ros Jackson
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