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Bright Raven Skies

(Sweet Black Waves #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Bright Raven Skies is the thrilling conclusion to the lush and heart-wrenching romantic fantasy trilogy about ancient magic, warring families, and star-crossed lovers by Kristina Pérez.

To save the kingdom, Branwen embraced the darkest aspects of her magic. But she may have lost herself––and the two people she loves most.

Tristan and Eseult are missing. As Branwen searches f
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Imprint
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Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Sweet Black Waves and Wild Savage Stars are two of my favorite YA fantasy books of all time. Both were incredible reads for me, full of magic, romance, and heartbreak. I was very impatient to read Bright Raven Skies so I could find out the ending to Branwen's story and was SO grateful when I had the chance to read it early!

Bright Raven Skies picks up immediately after Wild Savage Stars, with Eseult and Tristan missing, and Branwen angry at them both. Despite her part in their betrayal, Branwen i
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, favorites
Sweet Black Waves is my favorite underrated YA fantasy trilogy. I wish more people read and talked about it. I loved the first two books and was eagerly awaiting the conclusion, especially after the dramatic ending of book two! Bright Raven Skies did not disappoint. Everything about this book and the trilogy is top-notch: the prose, the worldbuilding, the characters, and their tangled relationships! I am taking one star off because, in my opinion, the author was quite cruel to some of my favorit ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I know this will give me so much pain, can’t wait :))
Erin Arkin
Review to come.
Oct 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-2020

I expect Kristina Perez will exact emotional pain on me on par with ripping out my internal organs yet again.
*Source* Library
*Genre* YA / Fantasy / Historical
*Rating* 3.5-4


Bright Raven Skies is the third and final installment in author Kristina Pérez's Sweet Black Waves series. This is a story inspired by Tristan and Iseult but created in the author’s own unique way. It is a world is inspired by medieval Ireland (Iveriu), Cornwall (Kernyv) and Brittany (Armorica). It has been one year since Branwen saved Tristan's life after his ship was allegedly attacked by pirates. It has been 14 years sin
Hannah Elizabeth
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, own
Don't talk to me, I am not okay. Odai eti ama in-fucking-deed. ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Following the ambush of the Kernyv Castle by the Amorican's, Branwen is struggling to come to terms with her new found magic, and her looming deadline to kill before a year is out, or forfeit the souls of those she loves. Also, her cousin, True Queen Eseult, and Prince Tristan, are missing, presumed abducted, but both she and her lover, Prince Ruan, know the truth. Branwen has so many differen
Vic James
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Its no secret that I've loved this series from the start, and in this finale Perez triumphantly gives it the conclusion it deserves - though, of course, it won't be the ending every reader wants! How brilliantly this trilogy has blended the rich, lush evocation of its world, the surging heady romance, and the politicking, both worldly and otherworldly. And each element is beautifully tied up here.

Perez gets so much drama out of a small cast of characters, and by this stage you know them all int
Taylor Sanders
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My soul is shattered.

My heart is broken.

For I love and I hate.

IM SOBBING OKAY! I need to be dramatic but what the hell with that ending?! That’s not okay. I’m not okay.

I can’t form thoughts because my heart was ripped out a lot and I can’t breathe because I’m crying too hard. Just when you thought you couldn’t be hurt more... there is another piece of your heart that this book breaks.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
1-1/2 stars? I don't know, I pretty much seriously disliked this.

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After the way Wild Savage Stars ended, I was hoping for something else. I don't want to give away anything that happened here, but basically, this book starts off right after the end of book two, with Tristan and Eseult missing and all hell has broken loose.

There's beautiful writing and drama and intrigue and fighting and all the things we've come to expect from Kristina Pérez. The beginning, though it had some exciting story, kin
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Bright Raven Skies led me back to you."

Bright Raven Skies was nothing short of amazing and tragic. It was filled and brimming with emotions. Branwen is a rare gem and I put her up there with characters like Vasya from The Winternight trilogy. Quiet, strong, determined and loyal. Her journey was never an easy one and at times I was just over it and frustrated. I just wanted her to stop thinking about the rest of the world, the kingdom, peace and think of herself. I know that's selfish. I was hap
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sweet Black Waves Trilogy is not an easy series. Especially if you know that its retelling of Tristan and Iseult. Its not a happy story. But its not terrible either.

KK Perez has taken this tragedy, and made it a beautiful story of loss, and what happens when you focus on hope.

Truly, this series is one of the most heart wrenching, tear jerking series I have ever read. But it is beyond beautiful, and full of such life and magic.

This was a wonderful end, to a wonderful series. I can say its one
Jacob Rundle
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great story. BRIGHT RAVEN SKIES is filled with magic and intrigue. Brawnen isn’t a powerful, relatable character. Tristan and Eseult were another pair of interesting characters. I found them all so dynamic and personable. I saw their faults. Their desires. The plot points were so well done. What a fantastic story! My attention was held the entire time.
Emily Radojits
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ruan deserved better
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic conclusion. This was an open ended type of conclusion which I really enjoy when done well. Not everything in life is so neat that it fits in a box. This book does have an ending but you can decide for yourself where it goes from there. Kristina Perez has left me an emotional wreck through this trilogy and while this third book had some cry worthy moments I did not cry this time. I was kind of glad it was not punch in the gut wrenching this time. I was able to absorb my feelings ...more
Kaylee Clark
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I loved the first to books as well. It was just so heartbreaking and beautiful. I really understood Branwen, and she was a very meaningful character. Bright Raven Skies was about love, loss, pain, and rage, but also about hope and rediscovering yourself. Branwen's character arc of starting out as the dutiful cousin, losing herself to the darkness inside her, and then finding herself again was stunning. This series was gorgeously written and it's message of hope really came ...more
Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Review to come!
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bright Raven Skies, the epic conclusion to Kristina Perez's Sweet Black Waves series, does not disappoint! Carefully constructed narratives braid beautifully with raw emotion in a world that is complex, imperfect and unapologetically hopeful. Perez lays bare the wants and intentions of her characters and expertly weaves Branwen and company's stories into a rich tapestry. Bright Raven Skies is a not-to-miss finale!

Readers are immediately transported into Branwen's tangled web of lies, tenuous rel
S. Johnson
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sifa Poulton
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this trilogy finale up in the evening and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. It was such an engaging read, pitting characters against one another in their desperate desire for peace/to be right/to define their own lives.

It's hard to say much about this book without spoilers for it and the trilogy, but I loved that the war between the countries and who was manipulating it behind the scenes remained the focus, and that the retelling of the star-crossed lovers was more a complicat
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.

I have enjoyed this series so much more than I expected, but I'm sorry to say that the final installment has fallen a little short for me. The two things that I have loved the most in this series are the tragic elements and the atmosphere. The first forty percent or so of this book is just talking to the point where I was getting bored. I like co
The Reading Raccoon
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bright Raven Skies by Kristina Perez is book three and the conclusion to the Sweet Black Waves trilogy.

In book three we find Branwen trying to find Tristan and Eseult after they went missing the night of the last battle and she’s struggling with the dark powers she received after bargaining with the Gods. Her relationship with her lover Ruan is complicated by all of her lies and secrets and someone in court is trying to kill her. And at the center of it all is the role she’s played in Tristan a
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Peace is not a destination, enigena. Nor is happiness,’ she said. ‘It is a journey that you must begin a new each day.’”

Bright Raven Skies by Kristina Perez is the third book of the Sweet Black Waves trilogy. It picks up where the last book left off. Tristan and Eseult have seemingly runaway together. Branwen has just made a deal with death to save her life and to protect her cousin’s kingdom. She lost her magic and part of her self in process. And now Ruan suspects that she is not telling the
Katie Steele
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Highlights:
—  Absolutely beautiful writing
—  Branwen is still the actual best
—  Not predictable
—  A really fitting end to the series

After I finished reading Bright Raven Skies, I had to step back. Take some time to really process my thoughts. This series is special to me, Branwen as a character is specia
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Imprint in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

i could not get enough of this book. Everything from the names, the plot, the drama and the powerful love story that is filled with a powerful message that pertains to any life-changing situation. First off you don;t hear the names Branwen, Tristan and Eseult too often especially in the protagonist roles but i
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me a copy to review.

Sweet Black Waves is my favorite underrated YA fantasy trilogy. I wish more people read and talked about it. I loved the first two books and was eagerly awaiting the conclusion, especially after the dramatic ending of book two!

2 reasons this book was not a five star read:
-There was A LOT of dialog in the first section of the book, not much actually happened. I also found myself less interested in
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BRIGHT RAVEN SKIES ultimately delivers a satisfying conclusion. Unlike other Tristan and Isolde retellings, Perez deftly sidesteps prior tropes to craft an ending that feels true to her characters. Branwen's inner turmoil over her deal with Dhusnos and its far-reaching effects was just as compelling as the political mire she struggled to navigate. Perez overlaps familiar characters, events, and settings from the Arthurian legends while making them utterly organic to the world she's created. What ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I keep describing this books as trashy drama (in a good way!) and then this one comes along with the maturity and life lessons. The ending was very fitting, and sad, but I think I liked it?

And also, quelle surprise, Essy finally managed to NOT be obnoxious in this book? But I feel like the results of her affair with Tristan were just...way too healthy and adult. Like Branwen spent three books warning us about how it will all end in tragedy and I guess it does, a bit, but mostly because another
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Kristina Pérez is the author of THE MYTH OF MORGAN LA FEY (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge.

Her debut YA Fantasy, SWEET BLACK WAVES––a Tristan and Iseult retelling––was published by Imprint/Macmillan on June 5th, 2018. The sequel, WILD SAVAGE STARS was published on August 27th, 2019. The conclusion to the trilogy, BRIGHT RAVEN SKIE

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Sweet Black Waves (3 books)
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