I’ve been eagerly anticipating the final installment of the Cornerstone Run trilogy. While each book tells the story of a different brother, Knight is at the center of the main plot and the one who has been victimized the most. This urban fantasy trilogy revolves around the McQueen brothers and their run’s battle against a group of loup/vampire and loup/magi hybrid sisters who are determined to extinguish them. Knight is a white wolf and therefore the only loup capable of breeding with the sisters. He continues to be emotionally battered by his kidnapping and rape at the hands of the hybrids and harbors extreme guilt over a situation he considers his fault. The only person able to bring him any comfort or relief, and who his wolf has come to consider his mate, has been kidnapped and is in the very hands of his enemies.
When Shay Butler lost her father and her entire run in an unexpected attack she was taken in by the Cornerstone Run. Severely traumatized, only Knight managed to bring her back from the brink and help her begin to heal. It was quite a shock when she found out that she shares genetics with the very people who have terrorized the loup community, but now she has found a new home, a half-sister in Brynn and her wolf a mate. She and Knight have been through a lot together in a short amount of time and have developed a devotion for each other.
At the end of Gray Bishop she is kidnapped and when White Knight opens is still missing. Knight is frantic to find her and is just really coming to admit to himself what exactly she means to both him and his wolf. His run is still grieving over the loss of their beloved alpha while still learning to adjust to Bishop being the new alpha and there being so many humans and half-breeds joining their community. There are only two remaining hybrid sisters to worry over, but all three of the McQueen brothers know the danger won’t end until they are dead.
This series has captured and kept my attention right from the beginning. I love the new take on werewolves, vampires and magic users and have especially enjoyed the differences in expectation and social standing according to the colors of wolves. Each of these brothers have battled to be their own man and defy their run’s traditions to marry and mate who they fall in love with. They’ve become the men they were meant to be. Knight has been to the darkest of places inside himself and is still trying to find his way out. I knew Shay would be a strong heroine, but she really steps up to the plate in order to help him heal, even while dealing with some pretty stunning revelations and rescuing herself when she finds herself kidnapped and trapped.
As much as I was looking forward to Knight’s story, I can honestly say I was a bit disappointed. He wasn’t the “hero” who saved his lady and seemed to spend most of this book trying to work through his many feelings of pain and guilt. After the last two books, which were action packed and where the pages just flew by, White Knight had a lot of dialogue. A lot. Mostly of Knight trying to get the words out to his mate and brothers about his feelings. I do think Ms. Meade wrapped up all the plot threads satisfactory and fans of this series will be happy with the conclusion, but it felt like a much slower pace and didn’t keep my interest as fully as the previous two releases. I am thankful Ms. Meade included a rather sweet epilogue that left each of these characters in a good place and provided the closure I needed to this trilogy. Final Grade- C+
“Our scars don’t make us who we are.”