Thank you so much to Phoenix Fire Tours for the opportunity to be on this blog tour! I was so excited for the chance to finish this series!
Title: Bright Raven Skies
Author: Kristina Perez
Release Date: August 25, 2020
Genres: YA Fantasy
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
The plot and the pacing of this book totally blew me away. Things I expected to happen in the third act happened in the first, leaving me completely clueless as to what would happen in the rest of the book. It was exhilarating! I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next! This entire fantasy is built upon a plot that is mostly character-driven, and this book wasn’t a change from that. But I did feel it was a lot more fast-paced than the previous two books, and I really liked that.
I have loved seeing Branwen’s journey throughout this entire series. I kept remembering how she was at the beginning, and seeing her power, her wisdom, and her strength in this book was fantastic. I loved how the overall themes of the series came together at the end—it was beautiful. Each character in this book is so complex, and I loved that there were times where I completely despised a character and other times I really loved them.
As always, the world building is fantastic, and the magic system is so intriguing. In this book, the magic is further expanded on as Branwen learns more about what she can do. The world also expands as more characters are introduced and more places are explored.
This was such a satisfying ending to a great series. The ending was not what I was expecting, but it was beautiful and touching.
- The descriptions are so lovely to read—that’s definitely one of Perez’s strengths in her writing.
- Andred will always have my heart!
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to finish this series. I’ve never read a retelling of Tristan and Iseult quite as complex and interesting as this one. I look forward to what Kristina Perez will write next!
A native New Yorker, I’m half-Argentine and half-Norwegian, and I’ve spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. I have a penchant for non-defanged vampires, fringe science, ice skating, and dulce de leche.
I also hold a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and have taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, I’ve written for many international news outlets covering primarily travel, culture and fine art. To find out more, click here.
These days I live in London where I write both fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults, and the young at heart!
I am also an Associate Agent at the Zeno Literary Agency.
Top tip: keep chocolate out of my reach––especially bittersweet.
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