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Black Rook (A Cornerstone Run Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in A Cornerstone Run Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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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.Read more ›
There are a lot of things that I liked about Meade's new series starter. I really liked the setup of the world, the werewolf mythos with black, gray and white wolves, scheming maguses (magic users), vamps and dangerous half-breeds. And I really liked the trio of brothers, who will each get their own book, and I loved their chess inspired names: Rook, Bishop and Knight. I liked the conflict between the leads, their races are enemies and her parentage means that Rook will have to make a choice between her and the leadership role that is his destiny within the pack. And I liked both of their personal issues, he's a prodigal son who still feels like a screw up and she's a low power mage who is a second class citizen among her people. And I liked the larger conflict involving the attack on a neighboring pack, and the spillover that threatens Rook's brother.
So I thought that the world building and the background story and characters were strong. The romance between Rook and Brynn, was more on the okay side - there is the instinctual draw between mates to jump start and move things between them forward in a short time span - and it just wasn't the most interesting part of the story. But, first book in a series romances are challenged by having to squeeze in around the world building, and the rest of the good stuff that Meade set up here will still have me searching out the other brothers' stories.
Complementary copy via NetGalley - release day July 15
I loved this book. I loved that the werewolf lore is different from anything that we've ever read in the past. Here, black wolves are born alphas. White wolves have a calming power to the pack (think Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs if you've read it). Then there are grey wolves, which is where the vast majority of the population lies.
The weird thing in Cornerstone, is that Rook is born a black wolf after his brother, a grey wolf, has been training to be alpha for many years. Grey wolves can be alphas, but usually only if a black wolf isn't available.
Our heroine is a mage and they are enemies of the wolves. She goes to Cornerstone to confront Rook after she had a vision of him standing over her dead father covered in blood. She quickly learns that Rook had no plans to kill her father and that there was a misunderstanding. But a mage and vampires appear to be killing packs. They must work together to save everyone.
Can't wait to read book two and even more, book three. I really want to read more about the white wolves.
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.Read more ›
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Quick & Dirty: Mages, Vampires, and Loup Garou oh my!!!! What a gem this book is!! Read more
I enjoyed the book and look forward to the other books in the series.Published 7 months ago by Jean A Fowles
Brynn Atwood, is the second child of a powerful Magus and leader, and as such, she is considered weak with little power... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lover of Romance
I really love what I've read of the Meta Wars series so I decided to give this a chance. Black Rook isn't anything new, but the story managed to hold my interest. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bodea
Brynn Atwood, a low level magus, has come to Cornerstone Run to circumvent a vision she had of her father’s death. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tori @SmexyBooks
When Brynn gets a vision of her fathers murder she knows she has to stop it, even if her father thinks her visions are unreliable and useless! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Natalie @ BookLoversLife
Another book that took me by surprise. It’s kinda of a rule that sexy half naked dudes are reserved for paranormal romance covers and kick-ass girls in leathers and uncomfortable... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bookworm Dreams
An outcast magus, Brynn Atwood’s precognitive abilities leads her to the loup garou and Rook McQueen, the first in line to inherit the role of alpha. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Evampire
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
When Brynn’s father dismisses her vision of him being murdered by a loup garou, Brynn takes it upon herself to... Read more