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Black Rook (A Cornerstone Run Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Meade
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She never saw this coming…

Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.

Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn't sure he's capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn't expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.

No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father's real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.


“Kelly Meding is a real storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her work.”—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Raised on a steady diet of Star Wars, Freddy Krueger and "Fear Street" novels, Kelly Meade developed a love for all things paranormal at a very young age. The stealthy adolescent theft of a tattered paperback from her grandmother's collection of Harlequins sparked an interest in romance that has continued to this day. Writing as Kelly Meding, Meade is the author of the Dreg City urban fantasy and the MetaWars books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1236 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: InterMix (July 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I8R61LY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Urban Fantasy author, Kelly Meding, has made the jump to Paranormal Romance in style with the first book in her CORNERSTONE RUN TRILOGY, BLACK ROOK. To say that I fell head over heels in love with the McQueen brothers would be putting it mildly when in fact this series might just be the best thing that’s happened to werewolves since sliced bread. I adored the loup garou mythology, three dimensional characters, chess inspired plot maneuvers, and slow burn romance. My only complaint is that I had to wait until the 90% mark for Brynn and Rook to get horizontal, but really that’s more a personal preference than a legit gripe, so I won’t hold that against Meade (much) because otherwise, this novel was exceptional!

Being the werewolf fanatic that I am, the number one thing that I look forward to whenever I start a new series is the author’s own unique spin on my favourite supes. And, Kelly Meade most certainly did NOT disappoint with her loups garous! Usually I expect there to be one or two twists on the typical lore, but in this case what I received was a whole new world. I loved the use of a wolf’s colour as a power/rank indicator that also comes with its own exclusive traits that range from procreation to special abilities. I was especially fascinated by Meade’s white loups garous, but of course… she’s saving Knight’s novel until last. Shifting is well explained, and I really enjoyed the run (pack) dynamics. The buck doesn’t stop here though, there are also Magi, vampires, and hybrids in the CORNERSTONE RUN TRILOGY universe which makes it a very well-rounded read from a paranormal perspective.

The plot is ingeniously crafted, and reminiscent of a chess match where the opponents take turns and must adjust their strategy depending on what moves their foe makes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great original take on werewolves July 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Brynn Atwood has been called a failure her entire life. Her father is a powerful elemental magus and member of their ruling council, but her powers are unreliable and according to her father, useless. She loves research and teaching, but gets fired from her tutoring job, making her feel even more unwanted. When she has a vision of a man standing over her father's dead body, she sets out to prevent his death and prove her value to the magi.

Rook McQueen is the youngest son of the alpha of the loup-garou run (werewolf pack) in Cornerstone, PA. He's just returned home from college, and left his job as lead singer in an up-and-coming rock band, to help his family run the pack. He's also the man from Brynn's vision. Brynn's arrival in town to confront Rook coincides with an attack on a nearby run, arousing the loups' suspicions and drawing Brynn into a potential war.

Black Rook is technically a romance, but the mystery is really the focus and it's not a light and breezy read. There's some heavy subject matter and the writing is dense - I felt like I really had to pay attention or I would miss something. (I felt the same way when I started reading Jane Yellowrock, which is now one of my favorite series, so that's not necessarily a bad thing.) The action picks up about half way through and it started to move a little faster.

I thought the world, especially the loup mythos, was really interesting. The idea that the color of the wolf indicates their skill and determines their place in the run was something I haven't seen before. It's refreshing to see werewolves without predestined mates, though they do have rules about who they can marry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing, and definitely recommended! July 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

A new name to me and this is the first book in the Cornerstone Run trilogy. If you enjoy reading about wolf shifters, vampires and those with the power of Magic with a dash of romance then be sure to snap this up. An intruiging beginning to a world that twists and turns this looks set to be a very original and imaginative set of books and it's a delight to just dig in and wallow in this authors imagination.

Brynn is a Magus but as she's the second child her precognitive ability is quite weak and unpredictable . Brynn has grown up feeling very much an embarrassment to her powerful father but when she has a vision of him dying at the hands of one of the infamous loupe garou she refuses to just ignore it. She tracks down Rook the wolf from her vision but he's not the cold blooded murderer she expected and in fact she nearly kills him! Struggling to set differences aside there's just something about Brynn that Rook finds tantalising but Brynn is a very special type of woman. As the youngest son of the Alpha Rook has responsibilities but before he can find out what really makes Brynn tick there's a massacre that pulls Rook and his brothers Bishop and Knight into a world of danger. The events that follow will change everything the shifters had believed!

I found this to be fresh and completely different to other paranormal books out there. It is technically I suppose a paranormal romance, but it's easy to see that this author has a foot in urban fantasy. There's a lot of world building taking place here and arcs are being laid down that will surely be followed up in subsequent books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic First Book in New Paranormal Series- Love the Worldbuilding
I love it when an author does a little something different with their paranormal world which this book did. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sophia Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar themes, but overall... enjoyable
I enjoyed this first installment in Kelly (Meding) Meade’s new shifter series, Cornerstone Run. It straddles the line between PNR and UF and I’m not one of the people who is... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Intricate plot - a multi-faceted story
Brynn plucks up courage she doesn't have to enter a loup garou town. The charmed pendant hanging around her neck helps as it covers her Magus smell. Read more
Published 5 days ago by MM Jaye
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique spin on the same old supernatural critters!
Really liked the world Meade created with her supernaturals.

Brynn Atwood is a Magi seer. Read more
Published 6 days ago by meigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting beginning...
I'm a big fan of Kelly Meade (aka Kelly Meding); her urban fantasy series, Dreg City, is one of my favorites and I thought her superhero science fiction series, Meta Wars, was... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Christal
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful paranormal romance - first in the series
Black Rook is a new trilogy featuring wolves, packs, magic and vampires all the elements to make a great paranormal romance. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Pamerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Already waiting impatiently for the next!
Review courtesy All Things Urban Fantasy

It’s been a long time since I picked up a book and quite literally couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Onmykindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Look at Loups
When I heard that Kelly Meding was writing a PNR series under the name Kelly Meade I KNEW I had to read it. I love Kelly’s UF books. Read more
Published 9 days ago by The Book Nympho
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start on a new series.
Black Rook is the first in the Cornerstone Run Trilogy so much of the first part of this book is spent building the world of Magus, werewolves and vampires. Read more
Published 13 days ago by pw reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
Bryan Atwood has visions of a man standing over her father's body. The man in her visions is Rook McQueen who is a loup garou Alpha of a small town, who has just returned from... Read more
Published 15 days ago by McIn
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