For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, Kristina Pérez's Sweet Black Waves is a lush fantasy about warring countries and forbidden romance that will have readers entranced.
As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow, will set Branwen against her best friend and the only man she's ever loved.
Kristina Pérez's debut features star-crossed lovers who change the fate of two nations. Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Iseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen.
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“Fans of Joan Wolf’s Dark Ages of Britain trilogy and Tessa Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear will enjoy this dreamy tale, which is carried along with vibrant descriptions and intense emotion.” —RT Reviews
“Devastating... will leave readers eager for a sequel.” —Publishers Weekly
Debut author P rez's retelling of Tristan and Iseult, the first book in a trilogy, is set in the land of Iveriu and features Lady Branwen, Princess Iseult's orphaned cousin. Although Branny is Essy's maid, the teenagers are as close as sisters until Branny falls for Tristan, a prince from the enemy nation of Kernyv. Tristan aims to secure peace by brokering Essy's engagement to King Marc, his uncle. Essy's father, King engus, agrees to the union, but Essy loves another man and is determined to quash the deal. Branny values Essy's happiness, yet she recognizes that an arranged marriage would benefit both Iveriu and her relationship with Tristan, so she resolves to get Essy on board even if doing so requires magic and trickery. P rez's characters are complex, and the bond between Branwen and Essy comes across as authentic, although the tale's romance doesn't feel genuinely earned. The story's mystical elements are confusing and awkwardly incorporated, which slows the pace and muddies the plot, but P rez closes with a devastating cliff-hanger that will leave readers eager for a sequel. Ages 14 18. \n
A must read
This book is absolutely breathtaking, it was written so well and hooks you in until you’ve realized you finished the entire book in one sitting. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy or medieval stories, this story felt almost real as I was reading and I felt as if I was somehow a part of Branwen(main character).