Bright Raven Skies

Part of Series:Sweet Black Waves #3
Published Date:25th Aug 2020
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:464 Pages
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About Kristina Pérez
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 SKIES will be released on August 25th, 2020.Writing as K.K. Pérez, her first YA Sci-Fi, THE TESLA LEGACY was published by Tor Teen on March 12, 2019.She is a literary agent at the Zeno Agency in London, UK representing adult, YA/MG, fiction and non-fiction.I don't check in here often. If you'd like to get in touch, send me an email ;-)kristinaperezwrites (at) gmail (dot) com

Bright Raven Skies Overview

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.

Bright Raven Skies Reviews

  • Wow! What a rollercoaster of emotions. I absolutely loved this finale. I will admit, it didn't end the way I wanted it to but it ended the way it had to. The writing was beautiful and heartbreaking and so so amazing.
  • Ok i liked this book much better then the second, but the ending made me pretty dang mad. We spent 3 books and like 1500 pages watching and waiting for Tristan and Branwan to have a chance, and then they do, and Branwan is all " I have to finish what I started" aka go build a hospital or something. WHAT?! I like to believe they ran into the sunset together.
  • WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT.I feel satisfied and disappointed all at the same time.I don't like it.But this was a good series.Full review to come!
  • Review to come.
  • 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.
  • 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. 🤷‍♀️
  • I vaguely remember liking the first two books. However it's been so long since I've read them, that I forgot the storyline. It took too long for the third release, that I'm frankly not interested anymore.
  • "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.
  • 4.5 stars rounded up to 5
  • 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
  • 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.
  • What a perfect end to this trilogy. It took me places I never thought possible, and answered questions I didn't even know were asked. I absolutely loved the character building throughout the trilogy, and enjoyed spending time with Branwen as she did everything in her power to save those she loved and keep the peace of the land. This story has definitely reminded me of what my magic is, and that happiness and peace are not destinations.
  • 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.
  • 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 seriesAfter 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'
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • #BrightRavenSkies#SeriesFinaleIn the last installment of this series, book three continues with the beautiful writing and keeps with it's sweeping feeling that reader's have experienced throughout the series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Review to come! Actual rating: 3.5 stars------------How am I expected to wait another year for this?