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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 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 for them, she must hide the truth surrounding their disappearance from both the king and her lover. Above all, she must find the Queen and her Champion first. New and old enemies circle Branwen, clamoring for power and revenge, and threatening to destroy the fragile peace that she has sacrificed everything to secure.


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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 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 for them, she must hide the truth surrounding their disappearance from both the king and her lover. Above all, she must find the Queen and her Champion first. New and old enemies circle Branwen, clamoring for power and revenge, and threatening to destroy the fragile peace that she has sacrificed everything to secure.

30 review for Bright Raven Skies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy (Cornerfolds)

    Review to come! Actual rating: 3.5 stars ------------ How am I expected to wait another year for this? Review to come! Actual rating: 3.5 stars ------------ How am I expected to wait another year for this?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Milena

    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 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 favorite characters. She was not afraid to hurt them or make them make dumb choices! Regardless, I loved this book, and this trilogy is going on my favorites shelf. If you are looking for a historical fantasy to knock your socks off, Sweet Black Waves is it! *ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    I know this will give me so much pain, can’t wait :))

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    Review to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Pre-review: I expect Kristina Perez will exact emotional pain on me on par with ripping out my internal organs yet again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* YA / Fantasy / Historical *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* 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 *Source* Library *Genre* YA / Fantasy / Historical *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* 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 since her parents were murdered by Tristan's people who had been invading and stealing people away. But now all she wants is peace between Iveriu and Kernyv. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Elizabeth

    Don't talk to me, I am not okay. Odai eti ama in-fucking-deed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    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 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 different trials and tribulations to overcome, and there are powers looming - both mortal and godly - out to stop her. From the moment I started this book, I was hooked, but so much happened. I was expecting to have it finished in a day or so, but because of how much Kristina packed into the story, it took a little longer. Bright Raven Skies is split into 3 different parts, and each one felt like their own book. Finding and recovering both Eseult and Tristan, and protecting them from the calls of treason and adultery, took a large role in part one, with Branwen being torn over protecting her cousin - who she thought had planned to kill her - or letting her be torn apart by the powers that be in court. Everything Branwen did or was about, in all three books, was to protect the peace that had appeared between Iveriu and Kernyv, and later with the Amoricans, so she couldn't let Eseult be labelled an adulterer, even if it was true. Then we get to an even greater plot within the Kernyv royal court, with politics and intrigue being the name of the game, and I loved part 2 the most. This part was so engaging, and though it was about half of the book, it felt like it was over in a flash. A lot happened, though, some of which I wasn't too pleased about, but I simply loved it. The final part of the book was so heartbreaking, with Branwen breaking herself apart to fight the dark magic, and all the various plot lines and twists finally drawing together to a nice, neat ending, with everything tied up, and nothing left to chance. Branwen will always be my favourite character, and this book cemented this even more. I felt for her so much with how she suffered throughout the book, in numerous different ways, but she showed how strong and brave she was, again and again. Also, I loved Ruan still, and though I wasn't overly keen with how his character arc turned out, it wasn't out of character, not really, and him and Branwen had happy moments together. Eseult, even, redeemed herself somewhat in this book, especially by the end, but her actions in previous books mean I can't completely forgive her. Same with Tristan, but again, his character arc came full circle. Like I said, this book completely tied up everything, and it was the perfect ending to the series anyone could've asked for. A fantastic retelling of the Tristan and Isolde myth!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vic James

    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 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 intimately. So when it's time for one or another to step off the stage, you really feel their loss. Yet there's even the skilful introduction of a few new characters. One in particular, a feisty Armorican princess, deserves a spinoff series of her own. Yes, I'm one of the readers whose favourite character didn't get what I wanted for them. And I won't be the last! But even though BRIGHT RAVEN SKIES is - almost certainly - going to break your heart, you won't regret a moment of it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Sanders

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kassiah

    1-1/2 stars? I don't know, I pretty much seriously disliked this. 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 1-1/2 stars? I don't know, I pretty much seriously disliked this. 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, kind of drug along for me. There's a tiny bit of swoon, but for me it came too little, too late. Don't get me wrong, I don't need a story as action-packed as this one to be all about the romance. But heart and loyalty were the driving force for me throughout the first two books in the series, and both were lacking here. Or maybe it was just that Branwen seemed to be so different here. Branwen's sole objective throughout the series has been to protect her cousin, the true Queen, but here, she seems to not care about that. And poor Tristan! Like I said, I don't want to give too much of the story away, but things happen to bring it to the original story. Now that I'm collecting my thoughts to write this review, did the original Tristan and Isolde have such a great, inspiring love story? Or was it all Brangäne? 🤔 I don't know. Regardless, I hated what this Branwen did to this Tristan, and by extension to this Eseult and King Marc. I still love Tristan. Do not believe this life is what I wished. Tristan dashed his eyes toward Branwen; the hazel flecks were so many falling stars. A thousand years, sealed with a kiss. I died. Ah, and what happens with Ruan. 😭😭😭 "Iveriu isn't my home." Ruan lifted his gaze from the knige to Branwen's eyes. "I once thought it might be you." After all the angst and heartwrenching drama, I thought this story could turn out okay, even though throughout book two and especially this book, I had come to abhor Branwen, but no. It didn't. Still, Tristan stayed true--and filled me with all the feelings. "Your magic is your heart," said Tristan, sliding her had from his cheek, down his neck, and resting it above the love-knots Branwen stitched when things were simpler. ... "The greatest joy in my life is that you entrusted it to me, for a little while." The ending killed me. And made me mad. And confused. It's tragic, and it could have been hopeful for everyone. This series is drama and super angst filled, and I'm so glad I could read it all straight through. Now the entire series is out and you could read it all at once, if you want to. Personally, I wish I hadn't. Or that I had stopped at the end of the first book. 🤷‍♀️

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephenie

    "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 "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 happy that she did find some joy and comfort in Ruan, but I have never wished or wanted so badly for a true happily ever after in a story than this one. Like the first two books, the magic and world building is incredible. You can tell the world is inspired by medieval Ireland, Cornwall and I think Armorica is Roman? This world is beautifully descriptive, atmospheric and melancholic. Magic is dangerous and finicky and that's exactly what I got in this series. It requires understanding, connection and balance. As the series progressed, I have come to understand the magic of the Lands, and Branwen's lack of understanding, abuse has imposed some serious dangers and consequences. Throughout, Branwen's despair, pain, and frustration were palpable. I couldn't help but wonder if she would come out of this broken or intact. Also, what an amazing cast of characters and the turn of the events that happened, it kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. I even loved Branwen's brief relationship with Princess Alba. I thought the story wrapped up Essy, Tristan, King Marc and Ruan's storylines well enough and the future of the 3 kingdoms seem hopeful. But can I be honest and say that when Branwen travels to Armorica, and what unfolded there broke my heart! Two words: Ruan & Tristan. Like it can never be pieced or stitched together. I didn't like it and yes I'm throwing an Essy fit. I guess the conclusion is befitting for a tragic love story, but I just can't accept it and as reader I could always use a little imagination and dream of what could have been. This will be a series I treasure. The Sweet Black Waves trilogy is a beautiful lush world, a tragic love story with magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness. I highly recommend it to those that love historical fantasy and tragic love stories, The Winternight trilogy or movies such as The Titanic, Atonement and maybe throw in some Shakespeare flair. "Odai eti ama" I hate and I love. Thank you Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, author Kristina Perez and Netgalley for the e-ARC to read and review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shay

    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 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 of those books, that after reading your life will never be the same.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Rundle

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily Radojits

    4.5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    no❤️ Ruan deserved better

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fallon

    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 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 quicker than the other two books. If you enjoy the unexpected and want a book that has intrigue, character development, twists and turns, action and magic then you need to read this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee Clark

    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 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 through to me. This book will forever be among my favorites.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)

    3.5 Stars Review to come!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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 relationships and mistakes. After the siege on King Marc's kingdom, Eseult and Tristan are found to be missing and Branwen fears the worst -- that the two loves have fled -- and begins the search to find and protect her cousin and her true love. However, finding the queen and her champion will be the least of Branwen's problems -- her powers are turning dark and she soon realizes the price for peace is even greater than she first expected.

  21. 5 out of 5

    S. Johnson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m so torn about the rating of this book. On one hand, the writing was better. I still enjoyed the main character. The series still held my interest. On the other hand, can the last 100 or so pages be rewritten? I cannot remember the last time I wanted a different ending so badly. I don’t want to criticize the writer because she did what she thought was best for her story that she was telling. I just (dis)respectfully disagreed. She decided to throw Ruan under the bus. Was he amazing? No. Did he I’m so torn about the rating of this book. On one hand, the writing was better. I still enjoyed the main character. The series still held my interest. On the other hand, can the last 100 or so pages be rewritten? I cannot remember the last time I wanted a different ending so badly. I don’t want to criticize the writer because she did what she thought was best for her story that she was telling. I just (dis)respectfully disagreed. She decided to throw Ruan under the bus. Was he amazing? No. Did he have his moments? Yes. Did he serve his purpose? Yes. Was he a good fit for Branwen? Arguably in the second book, yes, but in the third, apparently not. Then we have Tristan because apparently we can’t get over him? He made me swoon in the first book. I was torn in the second book. In the third book, I was, like, “boy, bye.” Sorry you were under a love potion, but stop fuc—messing up your life. He was redeeming himself and learning from his mistakes by marrying Alba, and then nope? Never mind. He’s going to turn his back on Marc because he feels like it. In the beginning, Alba is a captain of a ship, who loves her family and will never marry. Then that all changes...? I wanted to see a bit more teeth, especially when she came in so hot. So she decided to marry Tristan because her dad said so and she’s says, “Ok, let me give up my hopes and dreams and call of the sea to marry a prince that loves another women and while having sex with her cousin? Sure. Sounds like a great time.” I have to touch on Euselt (because when don’t I?). I still hate her. It’s nice she has this redemption arc where she finally realizes it’s not all about her. We come into this story with Tristan and her having run off. (Best first 100 pages was because Euselt wasn’t there.) It turns out that Euselt was running away and Tristan went after her or something like that. (I don’t remember the actual reason, but I remember my reaction to the end of the second book which was a big “Fuck you” to Euselt.) The rumors come out, blah. Do I think Euselt deserved to die because she wanted true love? No, and she didn’t die. (Was I okay if she died? Absolutely.) So she gets her redemption arc, and instead of doing her duty, she runs off to be free. This is framed as a feminist woman making her own choices. (Technically yes.) Does it piss me off? Yes. How about she faces her consequences and becomes a queen? How about she fulfills all the promises, such as the hospital? How about she makes feminist badass choices while being queen (and Branwen doesn’t have to clean up her mess)? Really, this series is a bunch of people making bad choices and Branwen cleaning them up.This is my opinion. Don’t @ me. So Euselt is “dead.” Branwen brings Tristan back from the dead. Honestly, the magic was cool but underused and maybe lacking in explanation and dot-connecting. (I mean a lot of things jokingly not this.) I’m one of those people where it’s all magic or no magic. It could’ve gone either way with this series. The fact that she’s gods-touched leaves a lot to be explored, and Branwen has a lot to explore. But she can’t do it because she’s too busy fixing other people’s issues. (Don’t @ me.) Back to what I was saying, Branwen brings Tristan back from the dead because Ruan came and tried to kill him (all off screen) (and because Ruan needed to be further shoved under the bus). And then the author is, like, you’ve waited three books (I don’t remember them doing it before), “now you can read them fuck each other. Here you go? Does this make you happy?” I’m sure someone’s happy, but it isn’t me. Tristan escapes you instead of doing his job and staying married to Alba. Branwen goes back to the... the place. (I could never remember what country was supposed to be what country.) Branwen doesn’t become queen. She didn’t want to become queen— didn’t even want to be a duchess— so the author stayed true. But it doesn’t mean I liked it. Because what is Branwen going to do now (that she’s not cleaning up messes)? She doesn’t seem like a character, to me, who can ride off into the sunset. If anyone should’ve “died” and ran or actually D-I-E-D, then it should’ve been Branwen. After writing this, I don’t feel so bad about the ending. I’ve calmed a bit. (I’ll rage more later; it’s late right now. I’ve got work in the morning.) I still don’t know the rating I want to give. It was a good series, and it was good up to this point. The evil part of me just wants to go 1/5 stars based solely on the ending not meeting my expectations. My devoted reading self who will enjoy and rage these books until I die wants to give it 4/5. (I can’t give a 5/5 because I can’t actually achieve sustained happiness.) Middle it is.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    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 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 complication and emotional strain on top that was causing all sorts of characters to react and make the situation much worse. I was crying by the end. As expected, Kristina Pérez absolutely ran my heart through a wrangle with this book. Ruan, Tristan, Esuelt. This book took so many turns I wasn't expecting, forcing Branwen to make more brutal choices to save her home. I loved the way that the ending for Tristan and Esuelt was handled. It's a tale of star-crossed lovers, so naturally it won't end well. However, as the toxic relationships started to break down and the characters healed, I wasn't sure how the ending would go. Then I hit the final act and IT WAS AMAZING. Esuelt's choices in that last act was brilliant, as was the way Tristan and Branwen finished their relationship arc. It was bittersweet and hopeful all at once - perfect for the tone of the story. Her growth with her relationships was so brilliant. She has five major relationships in the book - Tristan, Eseult, Ruan, Marc, and Andred. With the exception of her relationship with Marc, they're all so humanly messy and complex. In contrast, Marc and Branwen are a brilliant brother/sister pair, and it was a nice ray of hope among the brokenness. Not to mention brilliant to see a man and a woman able to be really supportive loving friends without any hint of romance. I'm rather sad that this trilogy has come to an end, definitely a favourite of mine, but it means I can look forwards to something new from Kristina Pérez soon - hopefully.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kacey

    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 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 court politics and intrigue, but I can't tell if this was just dull or I'd already checked out by the time stuff actually started happening. Also, maybe it's because I've been seeing this as an ode to tragic plays, but I think I was hoping for a lot more rash decision-making and human errors making things so much worse. Something like that does happen, but the fall-out was really disappointing. I don't want to explain what I mean for spoiler reasons, but I just feel like certain things that were built up over the last two novels didn't get the right kind of pay-off. The ending was bittersweet for me. While I do like that it wasn't a happy ending-- again, making it feel more like a tragedy-- it still felt more happy than I would've liked. To be fair, I did skip a lot because I was so bored and disconnected, but for me the ending still felt a little nicer than one would expect after all that happened before. On the whole, I did still like all three books. This one felt like it was a little weaker because so much of the first section was just talking, with a dash of tragedy. I missed the atmosphere, and the pay-off for certain elements wasn't satisfying for me. I would still recommend it, though, because it's so different and much more dramatically tragic than most YA out there.

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    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 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 and Eseult’s dangerous affair and her own broken heart over being estranged from both of them. Although this was a final book it had a lot of the issues and annoyances I find in a middle book. One of the most exhausting storylines to encounter as a fantasy reader has got to be The Magical Person Who Has To Keep Secrets To Hold The Kingdom Together. The whole first half of Bright Raven Skies is Branwen staying mum on the truth of her magic, biting her tongue and evading questions. Everyone is stuck in their roles and it’s hard for the story to move forward. I will say the last half is a little more exciting and Branwen makes some big moves to carve out a life for herself as something aside from the King’s adopted “sister”, the Royal healer and the True Queen’s cousin. Although I wish Bright Raven Skies was a little more exciting and had a better payoff at the end I give it 3.75 stars (rounded up to 4) for world and magic building.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie Steele

    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! 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 Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! 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 special to me. I knew going into the final book that my feelings toward it would be complex, because endings are almost always so bittersweet. At first, I was just sort of in shock at the end. Not the pick-my-jaw-up-off-the-floor-omg-what-was-that-ending kind of shock I'm used to though. More of a, "Wow, that did not go how I expected," kind of shock. When I finally finished the book, I was so torn by what all my expectations had been and how everything actually turned out. But at the same time, the ending felt so right. And once I came to that realization, everything else, all my other feelings about this book clicked into place. Branwen. I've rarely read a character with Branwen's quiet strength and determination. She will forever be one of my favorites, a character I will always be comparing others too. This series is wholly her story, and this ending was the ending she deserved. If everything else about Bright Raven Skies had somehow let me down, the one thing I knew I needed from this book was the right ending for Branwen, and that's exactly what I got. The last few pages were so emotional, I was so sad at the prospect of not getting more of her story, but it was okay because she got such a fitting ending that there was no need for more story. Like having a close friend move far away, you know they aren't gone forever and you can visit, but it's still so bittersweet. Branwen feels like that kind of friend, and I know I'll revisit these stories just to see her again. I was truly surprised by some of the other characters. I won't give details because I can't risk spoiling this book for anyone, but at first I didn't agree with where some of the characters went in this book. One in particular stands out still. But over the last month, while I've let this book simmer in the back of my mind, I couldn't help but come to realize that the characters, every single one of them, acted in ways that made perfect sense for them individually. They all stayed true to themselves, and their decisions and actions aligned with that. So what I at first viewed as a flaw in the book, I now see as a testament to Pérez's writing, to just how well she knows her own characters and how willing she is to let them go in the directions they need to. The story of Bright Raven Skies did not go in the directions I thought it would. At first, I was definitely worried by that. But I shouldn't have been. I've mentioned my love of a slow burn story many times, and that's exactly what I got with this book. The story started out slow and calm, especially compared to the ending of the last book. And it only went up from there. Each page and chapter built on the last, through to the very end. It was actually nice to have a bit of calm like that before the end, it gave me a chance to say goodbye to a story I love so much and have been so invested in, before finishing it off with a stunning climax and a beautiful conclusion. One thing I've loved from the very beginning of this series is the world building. It's always been astonishing. The detail, the intelligence, the beauty of it is unparalleled. Bright Raven Skies only added on to something that was already great. It built upon a solid foundation, adding even more beauty to an already stunning structure. Nothing felt out of place, nothing felt rushed. The world that Pérez has created with this series is so beautiful, it's sad to think about how, with the series ending, we may never see more of it. As I'm sitting here, reading over this review and thinking more about this book, I almost want to laugh. I originally wasn't sure how high I was going to rate this book, I needed time to process what I'd read. But obviously, I loved Bright Raven Skies. It was the right ending for Branwen, the right ending for her story and for the stories of those surrounding her. Pérez has a style of writing that is simply magical. The thought and love she's put into this story is right there on the page, obvious to anyone who reads it. The Sweet Black Waves trilogy is one I've loved from the beginning, and I know that I'll revisit it over and over in the years to come. For More Bookish Content: Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Bloglovin'

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    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 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 in this case, tow of them are missing and Branwen sacrificed her life to create peace within her kingdom but in order to do the right thing, she must tell the Champion and the Queen and find them for good. As we all know, doing what's right isn't always the easiest choice and a lot of past darkness and past enemies resurface. All is worth it to Branwen to find the people she loves most and restore the peace she worked so hard to create for the kingdom. I know a lot of our teen readers will jump to the chance to read this book and see the magic it has in store. We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    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 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 the story because of all the names of people and places we were being introduced to. As a series finale I assumed there would be less of that, since we are already familiar with the world and its characters. -I was very disappointed by the ending, it was not what I expected and left me wanting I've rarely read a character with Branwen's quiet strength and determination. She will forever be one of my favorites, a character I will always be comparing others too. One thing I've loved from the very beginning of this series is the world building. It's always been astonishing. The detail, the intelligence, the beauty of it is unparalleled.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    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 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 struck me most was the message that it is always possible to start over, and that growth and change are unending processes. Perez may not have delivered the ending most readers wanted, but it is exactly the ending her characters needed. Absolutely wonderful.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    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 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 character throws a tantrum when he’s warned repeatedly to mind his own beeswax. Give me trashy drama here! But no really. Beautiful conclusion. Looking forward to reading whatever the author comes up with next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kori Sulewski (korireads)

    A beautiful and tragic ending to this very underrated historical fantasy trilogy. My poor EMOTIONS. Overall, a wonderfully paced conclusion with just enough drama and heartbreak to keep me hooked until the final page. Things were tied up perfectly considering it IS a retelling of the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde...even if it left me in tears. But man, it hurt. 😭 I would DIE for King Marc, I absolutely loved him. I knocked off a star because I felt like Ruan’s character went in a direct A beautiful and tragic ending to this very underrated historical fantasy trilogy. My poor EMOTIONS. Overall, a wonderfully paced conclusion with just enough drama and heartbreak to keep me hooked until the final page. Things were tied up perfectly considering it IS a retelling of the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde...even if it left me in tears. But man, it hurt. 😭 I would DIE for King Marc, I absolutely loved him. I knocked off a star because I felt like Ruan’s character went in a direction I didn’t love and while I understand the ending, I’m a little upset by how it came about.

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