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Review: White Knight by Kelly Meade

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White Knight
Author:
Kelly Meade
Reviewer: Gikany & Una
Rating: C+

What We’re Talking About:

Gikany and Una have been eagerly awaiting Knight’s story from the first novel, Black Rook.  Everything in the two previous books has led up to this final book in the Cornerstone Run trilogy. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with Knight’s journey.

Note: this is a review of the final book of a trilogy.  It contains spoilers for those who have not read the previous two books. Read at your own risk.

First, we love this world; it is rich and full of promise.  Even though this is the final book in this trilogy, we hope the author chooses to revisit this world.  Besides the fascinating loup garou, we can see story possibilities with the vampires and the mages.  The conclusion of the story is but a new beginning and we enjoyed this world too much to have to say goodbye. We hope it is just goodbye for now.

This series is character driven.  Gikany and Una enjoyed the varied characters that make up this story.  The diverse members of the McQueen family and friends were unique and each added depth to the world.  We liked that the author was authentic, this was war and some beloved characters did not make it while others suffered and may never fully heal.  Knight has suffered greatly at the hands of the enemies.  His empathetic nature aggravates the grief and guilt he feels over the situation.  We can completely understand his self-pity and whininess at the beginning of White Knight.  Shay, a black wolf, is tough and works hard to overcome her traumas so she can help protect her new pack.  We loved Shay and admired her grit.  The loyalty and love she has is staggering.  But as the novel unfolds, we felt that justice was not done to Knight’s character.

As most regulars of this blog know, Gikany and Una are very outspoken about the use of rape as a literary tool.  Knight was raped.  This novel takes place a few months after that trauma.  The author’s portrayal of Knight and his emotional issues from that tragedy were real and honest, until this novel.  Knight is completely healed from his ordeal after he opens up and admits he was raped.  In fact, once he says the one word, speaking about the incident is easy for him.  Now this may be the case for some, but seems a bit contrived for him, based on his thoughts, feelings and actions in the previous books.  If Knight had been meeting with Agnes, the other white wolf, and she had been using her abilities to help ease his pain, we could understand this abrupt final healing.  But that never seemed to occur during the course of this trilogy.  Knight kept everything bottled up inside until this one moment when he let go.  Yes, he would be feeling better, but he won’t be cured.  He wouldn’t be completely healed, there would still be lingering psychological and emotional ramifications for him to continue to work through.  The way it was written it just felt as if he is finally able to admit he was raped and *bam* he is emotionally healed.

Our biggest issue however is that prior to the emotional healing Knight miraculously experiences, he is able to consummate his love with Shay.  Only a day or two prior to their love making, Knight is unable to handle having Shay above him and yet, caught in lust, he is able to have her be sexually aggressive with him.  In fact, Knight was enjoying it more when Shay got aggressive with him.  Considering the nature of his rape, we found this disingenuous.  He was able to truly make love with Shay with no flashbacks and no symptoms of his trauma especially considering how much he enjoyed her as she became more dominant.  This really bothered us.

Overall, we enjoyed how the loup garou were able to overcome the hybrids and make their world safe.  We have enjoyed this world, the characters and the mythology.  Gikany and Una would love to revisit this world as we feel there are more stories that can be told.  It is just a bit of a letdown that the story we had been looking forward to since the beginning did not live up to our expectations.  Maybe some readers would not be as critical as we are and so we do recommend the Cornerstone Run trilogy to anyone that is interested in a fresh and interesting world with a twist on the werewolf mythology.

Our Rating:  C+ Liked It, but we had issues

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About the Book:

Checkmate…

Despite a month of peace from hybrid attacks, the constant threat of violence has the loup garou on edge. Knight McQueen’s home feels like a military compound and his people have become battle-weary soldiers. And Knight’s tenuous grip on his own self-control has been further damaged by the disappearance of the only woman whose touch brings him peace.

Held prisoner by her hybrid half-sisters and forced to care for an unknown child, Shay Butler’s quarterly is approaching but a silver-laced collar prevents her from shifting. As her time draws closer, her sanity begins to slip.

The opportunity to rescue Shay arrives when Magus enemy Archimedes Atwood requests a parley to discuss ways to end the conflict between their people and stop the rogue hybrids. Alpha Bishop McQueen agrees, bringing his brothers together to form a plan that will bring Shay home to Knight, stop the final two hybrids—and finally bring Archimedes to justice once and for all…

Release Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher:
Intermix
Series:
Cornerstone Run Trilogy #3
ASIN: B00I8RB100
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Format(s):
E-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley

Purchase Info:
White Knight (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #3)

Reviews in the Series:
Black Rook by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1)
Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2)

  • Melanie Simmons

    Everyone seems to have loved this series, but let down by the final book. I was the same way. You are the first that I’ve seen to mention the recovery of rape as the reasoning. I hadn’t thought about it, but you are correct. Knight didn’t deal with his rape well, but then everyone deals with those things differently. My concern with the final book was the villains. I started to feel sorry for the twins and Atwood was a weak villain and very predictable. I still love the series and would recommend it to any fan of werewolves. I love the aspect of the different level of wolves, based on color. I love the characters. I just wish this last book had been more action packed like the first two. Great review.

    • UnaReads

      Thank you. Although Atwood was predictable and nonredeemable, I thought he was an okay villain. The final showdown was a bit of a let down. It was over so quick, we expected more and didn’t get it, but that issue was minor to us as compared to what we felt was a disservice to Knight’s character. In many ways, this series was about him, he was central to the entire trilogy, it was his (sort of) coming of age story – coming into his own as a white wolf and letting go of the past, embracing the future. For a character driven story, the issues in his character within the final book that focuses on him were glaring. I still recommend the series, we just loved the world and we hope for more.

  • Carole

    Everyone has been raving about this book. I must check it out.

    • UnaReads

      I hope you enjoy it. The mythology is great and the world is really interesting.

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