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Black Rook

(Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 Roo
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by InterMix
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

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
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Black Rook is the first book in a shiny new series by Kelly Meade. For those of you who don’t know, Kelly Meade is actually Kelly Meding, author of some of my favorite urban fantasy tales. If you are wondering why the name change, tune in tomorrow at the same time and same place. I interviewed Kelly and my first question is about this very topic.

The Cornerstone Run trilogy is about a group of loup garou but mostly focuses on the McQueen family. This is sl
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
There were a lot of problems with this book, so I'm a little surprised I decided to round the 2.5 up to a three. The world building was a little lame with a pretty standard three-way supernatural triangle with mages, weres, and vampires. Yeah, the vampires were mostly gone, but that's not really much of an innovation on the standard, really.

Meade messed a bit with the weres, but I didn't really find those twists very twisty and some of them were kind of lame—like the color coding. I'm sorry, but
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've seen many an author try their hand at a werewolf paranormal romance, often giving only the barest nod of acknowledgement to any kind of lore before basically forgetting they're even supposed to be Weres and getting straight on with the sexytimes - complete with plenty of growling, naturally. But me, I like the details. I think that's what makes a good Werewolf tale so enjoyable; getting to know their origins, their genealogy, their mating habits. How the beast and the man - or woman - relat ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm always cautious going into a new urban fantasy, but this was a really decent, surprisingly bloody read. It's somewhat similar to Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs - its matter of fact practicall ruthlessness with no embellishments worked well for me.

At the same time the main heroine was a bit of a self-sacrificing doormat, and I'm hoping she will step up her game in the future books in this series. She already started showing her claws closer to the ending of Black Rook, so I'm hopef
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this eARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Omigosh, omigosh, omi-freaking-gosh! Kelly Meade's Black Rook was a totally and completely freaking awesome read! I wasn't expecting to get so engrossed into the story, but I was and wow, just wow!

While my reading obsession started with vampires, I have become a fan of werewolves for a long time. No idea why, werewolves are just cool! In Kelly's story they are call
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. BLACK ROOK was just that book. It pulled me in almost from the first chapter and wouldn’t let me go. Everything from the characters to the world-building to the plot combined for a truly enjoyable read.

With books I read, I’m often more forgiving than I should be. If I love the characters, I can overlook a weak plot and vice versa. BLACK ROOK had not
Michelle Leah Olson
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 aut
Lover of Romance
Brynn Atwood, is the second child of a powerful Magus and leader, and as such, she is considered weak with little power...but she has one that is powerful ,she can see visions of the future. When she sees a vision of her father dead and a man, Rook Mcqueen, with her fathers blood on him, she knows he must be the killer and must find him first before he can get to her father. So she heads to Cornerstone, and some truths become unraveled and she learns that he isn't her fathers killer. As they joi ...more
**I received this book from NetGalley /Intermix in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*


I am happy to announce that Gizmos Reviews is one of the stops on the Black Rook blog tour which kicked off on July 1, and will full stop on July 31, 2014. My stop is on July 22, 2014, so please come b
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Like, just not love. On top of editing issues means i can't rate this above 3.5. ...more
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
3.5 stars

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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 wonderfully inventive and unique. I liked Black Rook just fine, but itdidn't quite live up to her other series for me. It wasn't bad by any means -- it just didn't have that "wow" factor for me that I've come to expect from Ms. Meade. It was a quick and enj
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at The Book Nympho

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.

In a genre that’s full of great novels and authors Kelly stands out wither she using Meade or Meding as her last night. She writes great characters and builds some outstanding worlds. And this time she’s doing it with loups garous (werewolves).
And yes werewolf PNR novels are a dime a dozen but Kelly puts her own sp
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love it when an author does a little something different with their paranormal world which this book did. The focus was on shifters and magic users and a lot of intrigue in a secret war taking place alongside the human world. The romance has the forbidden aspect to it as the two come from peoples that hate each other. It was a long story that developed slowly as it set things up in this first book, but I was into it all the way.

The story jumps right in with Brynn, a magis, heading into the he
Ren Puspita
3,5 stars

Kelly Meade is not a new voice in literature word, since it's another pen name of Kelly Meding, the author of Dreg City series and MetaWars. That's why rather than PNR, Black Rook is more like an UF book but with strong romantic element. Usually, PNR books have a simple to middle complex world building and focus just to the main MCs. Black Rook is an exception, because while the hero is Rook McQueen, seems that he overshadowed by his middle brother, Knight McQueen. Because all the probl
Really liked the world Meade created with her supernaturals.

Brynn Atwood is a Magi seer. She sees a vision of a man bending over the body of her dead father, blood on his hands. She takes it upon herself to track down the dream man and hopefully stop what she believes is the murder of her father, a powerful Magus. Despite her rocky relationship with her dad and the fact that he doesn't truly believe in her ability, she sneaks away to Cornerstone, Pennsylvania to confront Rook McQueen, the murder
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! She sees the face of his attacker and now has to go about finding him. When she finds that he is a Loup Garou named Rook McQueen and he lives in a Loup Garou safe village she has no choice but to stop him.

Heading into a village filled with Loup Garou should terrify Brynn but she has a job to do. She is wearing an amulet to mask her Magus scent and she ha
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 poses are reserved for urban fantasy. So, when I saw a cover for a Black Rook, I expected classic paranormal romance plot. Summary, honestly, does not offer or hint at much more. Imagine my surprise when instead I got a surprisingly good urban fantasy novel with mages, werewolves and vampires.

Kelly Meade managed to make
Jen Davis
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 bothered by that. In fact, I kind of dig it. The story doesn’t exactly tread the kind of creative new ground that, say, Meta Wars or Dreg City do. It’s pretty straightforward werewolf stuff, although with minor tweaks, like calling the wolves loup garou and classifying them by the color of their fur. But there’s a reason that ...more
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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My English 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
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brynn has always been a disappointment to her father and her people. She is a Magnus (people of magic) and not a very good one. As the second born to her father, she is in a term useless. Sheltered and hidden most of her life because of this, her only knowledge of others comes from her father and her peoples beliefs. When she is graced with a vision (an unreliable power that no one believes much) of her father dying and a man leaning over him, she finds her self on a mission to track down the ki ...more
Favorite Quote: “The Little Magus Who Could.”

Brynn Atwood, a low level magus, has come to Cornerstone Run to circumvent a vision she had of her father’s death. An embarrassment to her father, a high level Magus, and the Magi council, Brynn figures that she can prove herself useful if she is able to prove her visions are real and not figments of her imagination. Brynn’s target is Rook McQueen, the man she saw in her vision and who she believes will kill her father.

Rook McQueen is the youngest of
Eva Millien
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. What she doesn’t see coming is the attraction that draws them to each other. Both will have to make impossible choices to save the ones they love when an unknown enemy attacks the loup garou in this riveting shifter romance.

The fast paced and smooth flowing plot immediately grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go until the very last page ha
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr, okay-but-boring
I agree with Jacob's review for the most part. Especially about the lame colour coding the loup garou use to run their entire society and the bizarro biology of White Wolves (which is never actually explained. We don't know how it works or why just them, it just is "because magic" :-/).

Unfortunately, unlike Jacob, I can't round up to 3 stars because by about 75% in I was tired of Brynn and Rook and ultimately didn't really care what happened to them or if they even got together (being PNR the an
I'm not really sure how some of these books pass the publishers desk when they're not really anything special.

This book is reasonably likable, the main characters included. They're a couple of novel idea regarding the paranormal communities, nothing remarkable.

All up, this book was a fair read, I'll get on to the next book at some stage, only because I have it already, I definitely wouldn't go to the trouble of buying it. And I definitely wouldn't bother recommending it.

Amazes me some of these b
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this first book in a new PNR series. I love the dynamics between shifters, vampires, and the Magus. It reminds me a bit of the psy-changeling series as far as how they are all so antagonistic toward each other. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this develops!

Full review posted here:
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Not bad. It's just not very original. I expected more from Kelly Meade aka Kelly Meding. ...more
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* ARC provided by author/publisher via NetGalley *

I’m a big fan of Kelly Meade’s work as Kelly Meding. Her Meta Wars series and her Dreg City series are some of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I don’t know how I forgot about her Cornerstone series. I was really looking forward to reading it before it came out, but then I guess life got in the way. And boy am I mad about that. I really didn’t want to put this book down, it was so good. From the very beggining, I was hooked and knew I would binge read the entire trilogy.

I really liked Brynn. I
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

Black Rook is the first book in the new Cornerstone trilogy by Kelly Meade (aka Kelly Meding). This new series centers around a Loup Garou run and the three sons of the Alpha. The McQueen brothers are all vastly different and each story will focus on one brother and give them their own HEA, but will have a story arc that spans all three books. Black Rook is about the youngest son, Rook, and the woman that journeys to his small t
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