SWEET BLACK WAVES
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. This may be a retelling of a long-famous legend, but Pérez creates characters who are distinctive in their own right, with a strong-but-flawed heroine who is both believable and relatable. The ending is heartbreaking and honest, and will leave readers craving more.
Branwen may have an honored position as maid to her cousin, Princess Eseult, but her past is dark with violence and loss. Rescuing a handsome young minstrel adrift at sea leads to forbidden romance, and she fights against her feelings for Tantris, who proves to be more than a musician from the country responsible for the death of her parents. They both harbor secrets that will change the future for each other as well as their countries, but will love be enough to lead them to a happy ending? (IMPRINT, Jun., 448 pp., $18.99, 12 & Up)