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Black Rook by Kelly Meade
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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 murderer of her still-living father. Foolish girl, one would suspect, being that Cornerstone is the home of the Magus enemy - the loup garou. When luop garou runs start being attacked, fear is put into the Cornerstone run. Each attacked run has barely any survivors and thngs start getting heavy when not only is Rook in some trouble, but a Magus is suspected of helping with the attacks. This puts Brynn in very precarious position.

I really love what Meade did with her supernaturals. Sure, when you get down to it, it is just werewolves, magic users, and vampires. What sets hers apart is she made them her own and put her own twist on them. Loup garou are the weres which consist of 3 different types - black wolves, which primarily become alphas providing a grey wolf isn't stronger, white wolves, which are the rarest and have the ability to calm other wolves, and grey wolves, which are the most abundant. Rook and his brothers are all one of each, Rook being the black. The Magus of Meade's story are the magic users which again were unique. Magus parents pass their powers onto the firstborn child, everyone else gets diluted powers or none at all. Brynn seemingly fits the diluted category being that she's the second child. Second children not only get shorted with powers, they are often just coexisting with their parents. They are looked upon as nothing special and very rarely doted on, which explains the way Brynn's father treats her. Unfair, yes, but that's the Magi way. For as long as each group has existed, they've been the greatest enemy to one another. There are also vampires in this world, fittingly called...vampires.

I am familiar with Kelly Meade through her Dreg City UF series, which she writes as Kelly Meding. I am happy to report that not only can she produce well-written Urban Fantasy, but she proves in this story that she's also great at writing paranormal romance. I also love the Chess spin she threw in this trilogy, not only with the titles, but the story itself plays out like game of chess (only way more exciting. Chess is quite boring, unless you're a rabid player) through all of the power plays and different moves that key players are forced to make. I recommend this if you are a fan of the UF/PNR genre and are looking for something a bit different from the usual fare. I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy to see where those stories take the remaining brothers, Bishop and Knight.

**eARC received on behalf of the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Reading Progress

June 23, 2014 – Shelved
June 23, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
July 3, 2014 – Started Reading
July 3, 2014 – Shelved as: netgalley
July 25, 2014 – Shelved as: witch-mage-wizard-sorceror-warlock
July 25, 2014 – Shelved as: vampires
July 25, 2014 – Shelved as: weres-or-shapeshifters
July 25, 2014 – Shelved as: magic-or-witchcraft-or-summoning
July 25, 2014 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
July 25, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 9, 2015 – Shelved as: kissing-books

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