Science fiction and fantasy
by Rachel Caine
Moreover, Joanne detects a rift in the world, leaking out something that neither humans nor Djinn can explain. The Djinn suspect it could be demonic, and she has to find out what is to blame and how to fix it. Rachel Caine does a good job of making the adventures of beings who are as intangible as mist seem very real and threatening. Djinn do not have bodies, as such, and they don't take permanent damage or feel things in the same way as humans do. However Joanne's struggles are just as desperate as they were in her former incarnation, and her feelings can be even stronger.
Heat Stroke is extremely sensual. Joanne encounters a lot of strong male characters, to the extent that she seems spoilt for choice. So it seems like a stroke of bad luck when she meets Kevin, a dishevelled and bitter teenager whose idea of classy women's attire is a French maid's outfit. Kevin is not without powers of his own, and Joanne doesn't know whether to pity or revile the sullen young man.
Caine's characters are a lot larger than life, and in the hands of a lesser writer they could easily descend into caricature. But this novel is infused with Joanne's sassy wit and fashion-conscious perspective, and there's no ego so overblown she won't deflate it with a word. With fiery action, intense relationships and a thoroughly modern central character, Heat Stroke is the kind of book you will want to rush through at breakneck speed. Absolutely storming!
If you like this, try:Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
The first volume of Vampire Babylon, chronicling the adventures of stuntwoman and vampire hunter Dawn Madison.
Review © Ros Jackson
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