Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Cornerstone Run Trilogy, Book 1

Synopsis: 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.

Review: After reading the synopsis of this book, I was immediately intrigued by the story. It’s been a long time since I had not read a book by the author and it is true that this novel made me really want to immerse myself in her other novels.

Brynn is a young woman who really has not had an easy life. Part of the Magus, she has very little powers even if she sometimes manages to have some visions of the future without knowing when the events will happen. Her lack of power has made ​​her a very unattractive person in the eyes of her father and her community and she knows it. She is completely useless, but it does not matter, she will do her best to help everyone. But one day, she sees in a vision the death of her father, and while nobody believes her, she decides to prove her value by chasing the murderer she saw. However, this murderer is none other than Rook, the son of the Alpha werewolf and future heir. Despite her good ideas, the girl is soon discovered and she finds herself forced to tell them the reason for her coming. Understanding her error and knowing that Rook is not the future killer of her father, she remains determined to find out who the culprit is. While her presence perfectly matches an attack on a clan of werewolves, Brynn will do everything to help them understand what is happening, even if Magus and Wolves are sworn enemies, she can not abandon them, especially when a strong attraction between her and Rook appears. But the story in which she finds herself is much more complicated than she could have imagined and she ends up in the middle of something that transcends her. But all this could teach her many revelations about her origins, her family and her destiny.

I loved both characters. Brynn is a young woman broken by life and gradually returns to hope with this family who believes in her and her visions, something that nobody has done before. But she never would have expected to experience so many feelings about this wolf she did not know about. Yet a history seems impossible, their clans are enemies and relationship would prevent Rook to access to the Alpha role he is waiting for. Yet both are very endearing and it was really interesting to see their story evolve gradually. I was also very interested in the plot, in these different killers, in their reasons and the resolution of everything. Kelly Meade presents a very good story full of surprises and we discover that Brynn takes insurance and temperament over the chapters. It was really nice to see the change from the naive girl we discovered at the beginning of the novel. But of course we also discover other characters quite fascinating as the Alpha of the pack or the Rook’s brothers. Brynn’s father will also emerge as well as some very bad guys.

The story is initiated here but it is very far from over. I am very curious to read more now!



24 thoughts on “Black Rook by Kelly Meade

  1. Oh, yay! Carmel loved it too. I’m glad you enjoyed the characters and you enjoyed the surprises that took you off your guard. I love when books aren’t predictable and manage to surprise me 🙂 I hope you enjoy the rest of the series just as much, Melliane!

  2. I’ve been reading such good things about this book lately Melliane! I never tire of books that feature werewolves, so sign me up to give this one a try. I’m a big fan of Kelly Meding, so I’m looking forward to this new series and am glad to see it was a winner for you!

  3. Oooh, I’m happy to see you liked Black Rook Melliane! I’ve read some really positive reviews and yours makes me just that more curious. I love the kind of story- making sure I put this one on my wishlist. Werewolves and alpha’s are some of my favorites. Wonderful review 🙂

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