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This is book number 1 in the The Sweet Black Waves Trilogy series.
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.
And don't miss the spellbinding sequel, Wild Savage Stars!
An Imprint Book
“The female characters are vivid, powerful, and passionate… A thrilling roller coaster.” —Kirkus Reviews
“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
“Set sail on a swashbuckling adventure that is lush with magic, pirates, bravery, kingdoms, love, and faith... Give to fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling and Jessica Leake’s Beyond a Darkened Shore.” —School Library Journal
“Intense, swoon worthy, and smart.” —Vic James, author of Gilded Cage and Tarnished City
“An enchanting story of fierce friendship and dangerous love... Pérez has written a book that whispers the sound of the ocean as you turn each page.” —Alice Broadway, author of the Ink Trilogy
“Star-crossed love, tested loyalties, and magic that binds and burns—Sweet Black Waves gripped me all the way to the shocking ending.” —Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time