Sweet Black WavesKristina Perez
fantasy > high fantasy, young adult
Graceling meets The Mists of Avalon when a young woman is gifted with magical healing abilities that evolve beyond her control in this debut fantasy series.
In the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and star-crossed lovers, eighteen-year-old Branwen finds an enemy washed up on the shore of her kingdom. Rather than let him die at the hands of her people, she nurses him back to health as they begin to fall in love. Branwen helps him escape with his life — only for him to return during a diplomatic visit under his true identity: Prince Tristan of Kernyv.
In an epic King’s Tournament that ensues, Prince Tristan prevails — joining his nation of Kernyv with Branwen’s nation of Iverni. As the politics become more complicated and Branwen's power grows, she must choose between her own happiness and the fate of her kingdom.
Kristina Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. She holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, she’s written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN. Her first nonfiction adult title, The Myth of Morgan la Fey, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. Sweet Black Waves is her debut fiction novel.
Kristina Pérez also writes under the name of K. K. Pérez.