I was given an ARC of Sweet Black Waves in exchange for an honest review.
Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.
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 beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she's ever loved.
Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.
Sweet Black Waves is breathtaking, heart-wrenching and powerful as Kristina Perez gives the reader a sorrowful story of the retelling of Tristan & Eseult in a new age. This retelling gave me insight to not only a different character perspective, but also a story that everyone needs to read. Through tragedy, love and betrayal, Sweet Black Waves is the perfect book to make you believe in magic again.
It was a slow start but once things start to pick up, you can automatically picture the setting, characters and develop a relationship with the book’s plot itself. I felt very connected while reading this book as it gave me a feeling that not everyone’s world is perfect and even if your choices are questionable, loyalty is worth the battle.
The main character Branwen was probably one of the most interesting heroines I could dream of. Branwen is young, powerful, raw and a realistic woman that was a perfect representative for this novel. The book is pretty big and you can tell when things are just fillers but the book itself was truly an amazing piece of work.
I would recommend this book to those who love a great emotional and raw read. Kristina Perez truly did an amazing job with Sweet Black Waves and I cannot wait for the next book! To purchase your own copy, click the following link! https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Black-Waves-Kristina-P%C3%A9rez/dp/1250132851