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Black Rook (A Cornerstone Run Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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. The character names and wolf colours tie in to this as well which only further added to this book’s one-of-a-kind story line. In the earlier chapters the pawns and chess master are clearly identifiable, but as the tale progresses and the power shifts, things get a lot more interesting. The author’s Urban Fantasy background is evident in the main story arc, and will continue to serve her well in future installments. In no way did this novel feel like your typical werewolf Paranormal Romance, so if you’re a reader that lives in constant fear of mate insta-love, you can rest easy because you’re safe with Meade.
Brynn is kind of the black sheep of the Magus thanks to being born the ‘second’ child, and gifted with unreliable precognitive powers in a community that prides itself on control. I admired her bravery, and loyalty to her father in the face of a heartbreaking vision, and her determination to do whatever it takes to set things right. Rook is a colourful character with his rockstar past, and potential Alpha future. I think that his brother, Knight, stole a bit of his thunder, but I still liked him as a match for Brynn. The romance is subtle and flirtatious, and culminates in one sexy scene towards the end. This book doesn’t score many points on the Richter scale which was a tad disappointing given the genre and the reason why I’m deducting half a rating.
BLACK ROOK was a fast favourite with this rabid reader making the CORNERSTONE RUN TRILOGY a surefire winning series that’s not to be missed.
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. This is certainly a book that paints the wolf shifters in a good light but I'm keen to see more from the Magi and Vampire community as our heroine is a Magus and I've had liked to see more interaction with her peers. Speaking of heroines, Brynn is quite a remarkable young woman. She has spent almost her entire life subjugated and often belittled and yet she has the strength to search out the wolves alone and quite literally beard them in their den! I have to admire her loyalty and commitment to her father even though it would seem he doesn't really deserve it. Rook is at a crossroads in his life as his entire future is in the balance. He is the youngest son of the Alpha and yet as a black wolf is perceived as one of the strongest and amidst all that turmoil he finds Brynn , a woman his pack would reject but whose very essence calls to him.
This book was a revelation . I never knew just what would happen next or how it would end and I loved that it wasn't predictable . Brynn deserves love and Rook is just so sweet with her. It's not the sexiest book I've read but that does not diminish the romance in any way. The supporting characters are so interesting and it's quite intense at times. Two more brothers left to find their happy ending but this story set amongst the loup garou is far from done. I look forward very much to the next book and hope that the author treats us to Bishops story soon but confess to a soft spot for Knight! Recommended
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