Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Review: Black Rook by Kelly MeadeBlack Rook by Kelly Meade

Series: #1 Cornerstone Run Trilogy
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Intermix on July 15, 2014
Pages: 334
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars  

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 heart of enemy territory to confront a wolf shifter she believes is destined to kill her father because her magis gift allowed her to see it in a vision.  She infiltrates the wolf sanctuary town and the auction house where the shifter named Rook works.  She has a vague plan of stopping him possibly even killing him when she determines the threat level, but then her plan is shot through when she is discovered and must convince the wolf shifters that she had a vision, what it involved and one of their own is responsible.

Rook doesn’t know what to think when the magis female confronts him about murdering her father.  He hates the magis, but murdering a guy he has never heard of seems pretty far fetched.  Then a catastrophic event hits another shifter sanctuary town slaughtering many with the clues leading to a magis fire user.  Brynn’s appearance in their town at the same time is suspect, but for some reason he has the desire to protect her when he should be distrusting.

More attacks take place and shocking secrets about betrayal and plotting come forth even as Brynn and Rook grow more and more attracted.  Rook has a huge decision to make whether to choose his place as the next alpha after his father or to choose Brynn.  In the meantime, the danger strikes close to home and everyone particularly Knight is asked to make huge sacrifices.

The plot took some time to iron out both to set up the story and introduce the players, but also develop the action.  This is more like a paranormal romantic suspense because of all the intrigue that needs sorting out.  It is also not just the story of the main couple, Rook and Brynn, but that of Rook’s brothers getting their sidelines and time to narrate too.  Those opposing them are truly formidable which adds just that much more to the story.  In truth, the romance is on equal footing with all else going on making it resemble an Urban Fantasy more so than a paranormal romance.  And, I was fine with that because there is definitely enough given to fall in love with Rook and Brynn while anticipating that moment that builds from almost the second they meet.

To conclude, I found this new start to a series abso-fab and I can’t wait to get the story of Bishop and Knight.  The overarc-ing story line has me jazzed for what is to come too.  I know there are more secrets to come, more betrayals and more action besides good solid characters and romance.  Because of the way this book felt, I’m going to recommend it to both Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy lovers.

My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • That looks very good, thanks for the review 😀 !

    • I really enjoyed it, Iza! I can’t wait for Bishop’s book this fall.