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Chloe Neill brings her trademark wit and wild sense of adventure to a stunning seafaring fantasy starring a dauntless heroine in a world of magic and treachery. Kit Brightling, rescued as a foundling and raised in a home for talented girls, has worked hard to rise through the ranks of the Isles' Crown Command and become one of the few female captains in Queen Charlotte Chloe Neill brings her trademark wit and wild sense of adventure to a stunning seafaring fantasy starring a dauntless heroine in a world of magic and treachery. Kit Brightling, rescued as a foundling and raised in a home for talented girls, has worked hard to rise through the ranks of the Isles' Crown Command and become one of the few female captains in Queen Charlotte's fleet. Her ship is small, but she's fast--in part because of Kit's magical affinity to the sea. But the waters become perilous when the queen sends Kit on a special mission with a partner she never asked for. Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, may be a veteran of the Continental war, but Kit doesn't know him or his motives--and she's dealt with one too many members of the Beau Monde. But Kit has her orders, and the queen has commanded they journey to a dangerous pirate quay and rescue a spy who's been gathering intelligence on the exiled emperor of Gallia. Kit can lead her ship and clever crew on her own, but with the fate of queen and country at stake, Kit and Rian must learn to trust each other, or else the Isles will fall....


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Chloe Neill brings her trademark wit and wild sense of adventure to a stunning seafaring fantasy starring a dauntless heroine in a world of magic and treachery. Kit Brightling, rescued as a foundling and raised in a home for talented girls, has worked hard to rise through the ranks of the Isles' Crown Command and become one of the few female captains in Queen Charlotte Chloe Neill brings her trademark wit and wild sense of adventure to a stunning seafaring fantasy starring a dauntless heroine in a world of magic and treachery. Kit Brightling, rescued as a foundling and raised in a home for talented girls, has worked hard to rise through the ranks of the Isles' Crown Command and become one of the few female captains in Queen Charlotte's fleet. Her ship is small, but she's fast--in part because of Kit's magical affinity to the sea. But the waters become perilous when the queen sends Kit on a special mission with a partner she never asked for. Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, may be a veteran of the Continental war, but Kit doesn't know him or his motives--and she's dealt with one too many members of the Beau Monde. But Kit has her orders, and the queen has commanded they journey to a dangerous pirate quay and rescue a spy who's been gathering intelligence on the exiled emperor of Gallia. Kit can lead her ship and clever crew on her own, but with the fate of queen and country at stake, Kit and Rian must learn to trust each other, or else the Isles will fall....

30 review for The Bright and Breaking Sea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    there's a girl in a waistcoat with a sword on the cover who looks like Lila Bard's older sister and now I'm having breathing problems * extremely offended that I was not aware Chloe Neill was writing a swashbuckling, seafaring adventure much sooner there's a girl in a waistcoat with a sword on the cover who looks like Lila Bard's older sister and now I'm having breathing problems * extremely offended that I was not aware Chloe Neill was writing a swashbuckling, seafaring adventure much sooner

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    I'm finding that I really enjoy this author's work across different series, and this one was no different. This is a great first book in a fantasy series based on a ye olde magicke version of the Napoleonic wars. Think naval military fantasy with a nice subplot of romance. Overall, I was really into the magical world developed and the way it was integrated into the book, and I very much enjoyed our main character, Kit. The "reveal" in this one was pretty obvious (as soon as the players were intr I'm finding that I really enjoy this author's work across different series, and this one was no different. This is a great first book in a fantasy series based on a ye olde magicke version of the Napoleonic wars. Think naval military fantasy with a nice subplot of romance. Overall, I was really into the magical world developed and the way it was integrated into the book, and I very much enjoyed our main character, Kit. The "reveal" in this one was pretty obvious (as soon as the players were introduced, I flipped to the end to see if I had called it correctly and I had), but I enjoyed spending time with our characters on their adventure to save a spy who had fallen into enemy hands. I would continue in the series

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rian *fire and books*

    FIRST OF ALL, lesbian cover goals. Is she lesbian? Who knows. But cover goals be goals for a reason. Secondly, and most importantly, THERE IS A FUCKING CHARACTER WITH MY NAME!!!! DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THIS MEANS TO ME?!!!!! I cannot wait to read this ARC. I think I’m gonna wait till September so I can read it on my birthday as a treat to myself. My eternal thanks to Chloe for a character with my name and Edelweiss for the arc.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    A very fun translation of the Regency/Napoleonic naval genre into a more magical universe. The magic system has some interesting aspects and I can see a climate fiction / industrial revolution / global warming angle coming down the line. The gender politics is less successful; the author chooses to keep strong elements of misogyny present in the culture even when women have been able to rise to major roles in very socially conservative organizations (like the home office or the Navy!); it seems A very fun translation of the Regency/Napoleonic naval genre into a more magical universe. The magic system has some interesting aspects and I can see a climate fiction / industrial revolution / global warming angle coming down the line. The gender politics is less successful; the author chooses to keep strong elements of misogyny present in the culture even when women have been able to rise to major roles in very socially conservative organizations (like the home office or the Navy!); it seems unlikely that institutional inertia and misogyny would bend simply due to the will of a strong queen. And there's a bit of plot railroading here too; our main characters are sent on every important mission even when they are clearly not suited for it. That said, I LOVE Napoleonic naval fiction, the characters were bright and interesting and fun to root for, and the universe is interesting enough to suspend my disbelief. An enjoyable read. **Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Kit Brightling is one of the few women captains in the Queen's Navy, and one of the youngest due to her prowess in battle and her magical abilities. Her true abilities, however, are kept secret, until she's assigned on a rescue mission alongside Rian Grant, a viscount and veteran of the Continental war. Kit never asked to work alongside Rian, but they definitely have chemistry... Solidly entertaining, however I was annoyed by the lackluster (and tbh, kinda lazy) worldbuilding and the fumbling rom Kit Brightling is one of the few women captains in the Queen's Navy, and one of the youngest due to her prowess in battle and her magical abilities. Her true abilities, however, are kept secret, until she's assigned on a rescue mission alongside Rian Grant, a viscount and veteran of the Continental war. Kit never asked to work alongside Rian, but they definitely have chemistry... Solidly entertaining, however I was annoyed by the lackluster (and tbh, kinda lazy) worldbuilding and the fumbling romance aspect. Military action should be about physical skill. Mental prowess. Leadership and hardiness. This is obviously not what the book is about, but one of the many encounters Kit has with those who want to shoot her down and diminish her worth and abilities. In this case, it's her dual womanhood and magical abilities that make her a liability, even though this is a world where *technically* women are equal (but misogyny still exists). However, this quote resonated hard, because how often are women in the military (in the real world) faced with this kind of logic? That if you can't keep up physically (hah) you don't belong at all? That your only worth as a leader is how many pull-ups you can do or how fast your three-mile time is? Pure poppycock. Anywho, off that soapbox and into what this book is about, beside showing that there are different types of leading and the one with an open mind is naturally the one that's going to win. This was a pretty standard reluctant-partners-to-partners-to-kinda-lovers book, with two people (land and sea) thrown together and find that they work together despite their initial misgivings and in spite of any real chemistry between the two. And it's set in a pretty familiar world, where Napoleon—er, Gerard or whatever—has recently been defeated and sent to exile on an island but he's gathering up his forces and shit and plotting something diabolical in order to retain power. It's basically Regency England with a queen slapped in position for Feminism™️, some magic to make it fantasy and changing a couple of names for...posterity? I guess? I think much of my skepticism and unwillingness to suspend my belief came after the much-better alternate worldbuilding of The Once and Future Witches, which had many flaws but the twisting of history was not one of them. However, I would have been more willing to slide away from the lazy worldbuilding (okay, yeah no, if there is one thing that irks it's alternate history that pretends to be clever by changing two names and a few events but keeping the rest in place) if the two leads had had any sort of connection. I don't really get Kit's Great Hatred towards the nobility. Yes, she is an orphan (and I wished her sisters had had more screen time instead of being used as convenient plot devices), but her mother is wealthy and she's had the benefits of that wealth and privilege? Sure, she's not nobility, but is this a ceiling she really wants to break into? I dunno, I wasn't feeling it, and it felt that her and Rian's reluctance and general bitchiness towards each other was unfounded and made up entirely for Plot Purposes. And when they do get together, it's just as awkward as their initial dislike. There's a mention of them coming together and her pressing against them like the snapping of a sail going taut, and I just...is this supposed to be romantic? Because I was laughing my ass off at the image. And there was little to no chemistry between the two, as Kit was a blank canvas of Girlpower™️ and Rian was a half-eroded block of wood. However, despite all this, I'm still giving it three stars. Why? Because despite its flaws, it was entertaining. The plot had some sagging moments (yawning at the lounging in the manor, because why???), but when the plot got hopping it got hopping! And the general tropes of Regency period (masquerades, pretty dresses, a fine manor house in disrepair, the scoundrel younger brother, a flock of women angling for better, the great threat of France/Gaul, etc., etc.) was enjoyable to read once I turned my brain off and powered through. Although, I have to admit that this cover got done dirty. It's like they were trying to go off the Throne of Glass illustrated covers (which I hate) and hired a twelve-year-old to draw something. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. I really enjoyed this first book in a new fantasy series. It's a quick and easy read, and there is plenty of action, magic, fighting, fast ships and has just a hint of romance. Kit Brightling is a young female that quickly rose through the ranks of the Queen's Navy and is one of it's few female captains. Her ship is small, but fast, and its' work is aided by her magical affinity to the sea, which allows her to speed the ship up when 4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. I really enjoyed this first book in a new fantasy series. It's a quick and easy read, and there is plenty of action, magic, fighting, fast ships and has just a hint of romance. Kit Brightling is a young female that quickly rose through the ranks of the Queen's Navy and is one of it's few female captains. Her ship is small, but fast, and its' work is aided by her magical affinity to the sea, which allows her to speed the ship up when she touches that magic under the water. Kit is ordered by the Queen to team up with Viscount Rian Grant, who is a soldier and a member of the Beau Monde, which is their society's rich nobility. Born a foundling and raised in a home for girls, Kit has no love for members of the Beau Monde, but orders are orders. Grant is haunted by his service in the last war, and wants nothing more to do with fighting, but he must follow his Queen's orders. The duo are tasked with rescuing a captured spy that has gained intelligence on an emperor that was recently defeated and exiled. Kit and her crew set off on the rescue, as Kit and Grant try to learn to work and trust each other. The action starts pretty quick in this book and the author sets a good pace. There is minimal worldbuilding, but there is enough to get a good sense of what's going on. I like Kit. She's self assured without coming off too cocky, and is able to put people in their place without sounding bitchy and petty. She's earned the respect and loyalty of her crew, and would do anything and everything to make sure they come home safe from their mission. Grant is mysterious, but not too gruff or grumpy, and is willing to give credit where credit is due. There is a little bit of chemistry between Grant and Kit, but luckily, the romance part of the book is very minimal and doesn't detract too much from the action of the book. One thing I liked is that the main storyline of this book is concluded at the end, but the book ends on a cliffhanger that extends the story. So, if you don't want to continue on with the series (but I mean, why wouldn't you want to do that?), you get a resolution of the main storyline. I enjoyed this book, and can't wait for the next book in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Tantor Audio. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first book in a new series blending a slice of romance with a Napoleonic War type story set in a world with magic.  Now I, for one, am usually not a huge fan of Napoleonic War stories with all the naval battles and such, but this was a surprisingly fun adventure. Kit is a woman with a This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Tantor Audio. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first book in a new series blending a slice of romance with a Napoleonic War type story set in a world with magic.  Now I, for one, am usually not a huge fan of Napoleonic War stories with all the naval battles and such, but this was a surprisingly fun adventure. Kit is a woman with a gift with water.  On the sea she can feel the magic in the currents and it serves her and her crew well on her ship.  She is self-assured and one of the few female captains and a veteran or the Continental war.  She is a likeable character, at home on the water, loyal to her crew, savior to other foundling girls and unnaturally afraid of horses.  When the Queen calls to send her on a mission to save a spy for the crown it ends up being just the beginning of a journey to save her country from ending up in another war. Rian Grant (a.k.a. the love interest) veteran of the Continental War and a Viscount to boot is also tasked by the Queen to aid Kit in saving the spy and returning with the intel on the exiled emperor.  Sure, he seems a little stiff at first but as time continues, we find that he has issues of his own at home and isn’t such a bad guy.  He and Kit work well together and while there is a smidge of a romance going on, it is going to be a slow burner Victorian style but hopefully, we get there eventually.  He has some potential though and I could see him being swoon worthy later on. Overall, I had a really good time with the characters and the story.  There are some fun fights, a bit of intrigue on who is trying to reinstall the exiled emperor, and the hint of romance.  The story keeps a good pace and does its job setting up the feel for the rest of the series and giving the reader a good intro into this world and how magic works in it. Swashbuckling fun is a apt description and I liked it so much I'll have to try some of Chloe Neill's other works. Narration: Danielle Cohen is a new to me narrator.  I liked the slight accent she used for the characters to really give them the Victorian era feel.  She gave a solid performance of the entire cast, but definitely captured Kit's voice the best.  I was able to listen to this at my usual 1.5x speed. Listen to a clip: HERE

  8. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Kit Brightling was rescued and raised as a foundling at Brightling House; a home for talented girls. Kit has a magical affinity to the sea that allows her to connect and manipulate the waters. She moved her way up the ranks of the Isles’ Crown Command and now is a captain in Queen Charlotte’s fleet. We learn about the history of the Isles, destruction wrought by magic and the exile of the former King. It flabbergasts her when the Queen demands that she and Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe; a vet Kit Brightling was rescued and raised as a foundling at Brightling House; a home for talented girls. Kit has a magical affinity to the sea that allows her to connect and manipulate the waters. She moved her way up the ranks of the Isles’ Crown Command and now is a captain in Queen Charlotte’s fleet. We learn about the history of the Isles, destruction wrought by magic and the exile of the former King. It flabbergasts her when the Queen demands that she and Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe; a veteran of the Continental war work together to rescue one of the Queen’s men. This world is an alternate version of 1815’s Europe during the Napoleonic war. The setting is an intriguing one. Neill gives readers only a glimpse of the magic, its history, and of things to come. We know some people magical and aligned to the elements. However, some are against magic and a female ruler. This created some tensions. The lighter touch of world-building and learn as you go, allowed for a fast-paced adventure as her focus was on our hero, heroine and the crew of the Diana. I love a good enemies to lovers romance, and while Kit and Rian aren’t enemies, there is a power-play. The back-and-forth banter and denied chemistry was great fun. While I think romance readers will want more focus on the romantic elements, I loved this side dish and am content for things to slowly unfold. I adored Kit. She is loyal, fearless, and stands up to the men who surround her and dismiss her. Rian is desperately trying to restore his homestead, is loyal to the Queen and protective of his family seat. He is a leader, but acknowledges Kit’s skills and knowledge. I love that he was man enough to support her. Their barbs occurred when they were alone as both are too duty bound to do so in front of the crew, their equals and their Queen. Their inner dialogue made me laugh aloud more than once. Adventures on the high seas from rescues to outrunning pirates was delightful. The author delivered danger, near-death escapades, and chases that kept me reading into the wee hours. The audiobook was equally delightful, and I quickly became slipped into the narrative. I even picked up a few things that slipped my mind during the first round. Secondary characters such as Jin, Hetta, Jane, Tamlin, and Louisa all added to the tale. I found myself vested and felt like I was a part of the crew and household. I love the foundling house and Kit’s sisters. Jane is delightful, brilliant, and someone I hope we spend more time with. Danielle Cohen narrates the audiobook. Her lyrical accent and wide-range of voices brought another layer of enjoyment to this high-seas adventure. The banter and budding relationship between Kit and Rian shone through her narration. I intend to continue on audio. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a good time with this book! I really liked the sound of this book and I have had luck with some of Chloe Neill's other works so I was pretty excited to give this book a try. This book sounded pretty unique and I couldn't wait to see this female captain take command of her ship. I was quickly hooked by this story and found it hard to set aside at times. I really found this book to be an enjoyable story. Kit Brightling is the capt This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a good time with this book! I really liked the sound of this book and I have had luck with some of Chloe Neill's other works so I was pretty excited to give this book a try. This book sounded pretty unique and I couldn't wait to see this female captain take command of her ship. I was quickly hooked by this story and found it hard to set aside at times. I really found this book to be an enjoyable story. Kit Brightling is the captain of a ship in the Isle Queen's Command. The Queen decides to send Kit's ship on a mission to rescue a man being held captive. The Queen doesn't send her alone, instead, she sends Grant, a titled man who has served in the war, along on the mission. These two don't see eye to eye at the start but I did enjoy watching them learn to work together and eventually trust each other. I really liked all of the characters in this book. It was great getting to really know both Kit and Grant through the connections in their life, their actions, and their history. It was really powerful to see Kit do things that made it clear that she cared about those on her ship. The crew on the ship were great characters as well and I liked how they all seemed dedicated to working together. Grant had to balance the demands of home with his orders from the Queen and I liked the way he took his responsibilities very seriously. This book was exciting. There are some pretty intense scenes that had me quite worried about the characters. I also really liked the politics that were a part of the story, especially the challenges that Kit faced because of her gender. I was pretty excited to find that there was a bit of magic worked into the story and I thought it was a nice touch. I thought that the quieter parts of the book that focused on relationships were well done and helped to balance the story. Danielle Cohen did a great job with the narration of this book. I thought that the accent that she used was perfect for the story. I thought that all of the character voices that she used were very well done and I thought that she was able to add a lot of excitement to the story through her reading. I found myself wanting to listen to this book for hours at a time and I believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story. I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a fun story filled with great characters and a lot of surprises. I definitely plan to read more of Chloe Neill's work in the future. I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from Tantor Audio via NetGalley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    The Bright and Breaking Sea is a swashbuckling adventure with magic, intrigue, danger, spies, a female captain, and bit of romance! It's a very fun book and is perfect if you are looking for a more light-hearted read. Kit Brightling is a foundling raised to serve the crown. Her water-aligned magic and savvy at sea have earned her position as captain, as well as her super secret position in the queen's service as a spy. She wants nothing more than to sail her ship, certainly not settle down in a The Bright and Breaking Sea is a swashbuckling adventure with magic, intrigue, danger, spies, a female captain, and bit of romance! It's a very fun book and is perfect if you are looking for a more light-hearted read. Kit Brightling is a foundling raised to serve the crown. Her water-aligned magic and savvy at sea have earned her position as captain, as well as her super secret position in the queen's service as a spy. She wants nothing more than to sail her ship, certainly not settle down in a marriage that would clip her wings. But dangerous plots are afoot and the queen sends her on a top-secret mission, alongside a nobleman she wants nothing to do with. At least, for now. This is fast-paced and a lot of fun, featuring strong female characters who prove they are more than capable to their misogyistic detractors. Not only Kit, but also Queen Charlotte who is a young Black woman proving her ability to rule. I won't say too much more, but I had a really good time with this and I think others will too. And the audiobook is very well done! I received an advance audio copy for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Cusworth

    5 stars I love this book. I went in expecting a good time and came out with a new favourite. Its filled with swashbuckling action, interesting magic, a brilliant historical fantasy setting, and a little taste a of a perfect romance. Kit Brightling, a young female captain, is given a new mission by the queen herself. She must team up with Colonel Rian Grant to rescue a spy and gain the information he has found out. But Kit and Rian are two extremely different people. Kit , who has a magical ability 5 stars I love this book. I went in expecting a good time and came out with a new favourite. Its filled with swashbuckling action, interesting magic, a brilliant historical fantasy setting, and a little taste a of a perfect romance. Kit Brightling, a young female captain, is given a new mission by the queen herself. She must team up with Colonel Rian Grant to rescue a spy and gain the information he has found out. But Kit and Rian are two extremely different people. Kit , who has a magical ability to understand the waters she sails above, was raised as a foundling and Rian, a viscount, was born into the noble society of the Beau Monde, a society which Kit especially hates. As they sail along the magical waters, Kit and Rian must learn to work together and gain each other's trust in order to save their spy. This was just so fun. Kit is a wonderful protagonist and Rian is a perfect supporting role. From the get go, we are thrown right into the action. It is a rather fast paced novel but I never once felt lost or left behind. There is not a ton of world building but, as this is definitely a historical fantasy, I didn't mind that at all. The setting is New London, so it takes placed in a fictional 1800s Europe and the surrounding ocean waters. There is also a magic system at play that isn't described too much but I do think that it'll become a much bigger theme of the second installment. I especially thought the magical element to this book was rather intriguing. There are those who are aligned with a certain element, though they seem to be uncommon in this world. Kit is aligned with the sea, and reading the paragraphs in the book where the author describes her relationship with the ocean were some of my favorite parts. It was descriptive and entrancing, it made me want to be aligned with the sea. One of my favourite parts of the novel was the developing romance between Kit and Rian. They were unwillingly thrown together on this mission and it was so addicting to watch them grow to trust each other. Rian is the perfect amount of broody and grumpy and I loved watching him open up to Kit and eventually growing protective of her. Kit's also got a bit of a harder exterior and it was so fun to watch her walls sort of unwillingly crumble for Rian. Their banter is incredible, Rian is rather quick witted and I love how much it took Kit off guard. Also, he made me laugh a couple of times and I didn't expect that from him. This is definitely a slow burn and I cannot wait to see more of them together in the second book. Kit is a wonderful protagonist and one I am so happy to know. She is loyal and fearless and stands up to those who would put her down for being both a young and a female captain. She knows the difference between good and bad and she is a force to be reckoned with. Overall, this was brilliant. I am so happy to have read this book. As soon as I turned the last page, I was both happy and sad. I need to next book now! Everyone needs to pick up this book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Pirates, magic, and mystery, OH MY! And penned by Chloe Neill! You can’t go wrong by picking up a copy of The Bright and The Breaking Sea. Kit has a magical ability with the seas, so being a Captain in the Queen’s fleet suits her perfectly. When the Queen pairs her with a Viscount, Rian, to infiltrate a pirate stronghold to rescue a kidnapped spy, Kit balks. She has been on the wrong side of the upper class’s attitudes and has no desire to deal with one on her ship. But when the fate of her count Pirates, magic, and mystery, OH MY! And penned by Chloe Neill! You can’t go wrong by picking up a copy of The Bright and The Breaking Sea. Kit has a magical ability with the seas, so being a Captain in the Queen’s fleet suits her perfectly. When the Queen pairs her with a Viscount, Rian, to infiltrate a pirate stronghold to rescue a kidnapped spy, Kit balks. She has been on the wrong side of the upper class’s attitudes and has no desire to deal with one on her ship. But when the fate of her country and home are at stake, they must find a way to work together before they find themselves under an emperor’s rule. Neill has woven a fabulously enchanting, magical, swashbuckling, fantasy tale that sucks the reader right into the adventure. Captain Kit Brightling is an amazing heroine that surrounds herself with strong and confident family and crew members and I can only say that watching the tenuous relationship between Kit and Rian evolve was simply brilliant. This is definitely a change from the past Neill storylines but all the sassy, strong characters and adventure that we've come to love are still there. I highly recommend you check it out. I received this ARC copy of The Bright and Breaking Sea from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liene

    This was quite a bit of fun. For me, personally, it was a little too much romance to be an adventure and a little too much adventure to be a romance, if that makes sense? Overall, I found the characters compelling, and thought there was genuine chemistry between the protagonist, Kit, and her enemy-turned-lover who shall remain nameless cuz spoilers... There were a few too many quests that the characters had to race to constantly and I think the book would have benefited from some slower moments, a This was quite a bit of fun. For me, personally, it was a little too much romance to be an adventure and a little too much adventure to be a romance, if that makes sense? Overall, I found the characters compelling, and thought there was genuine chemistry between the protagonist, Kit, and her enemy-turned-lover who shall remain nameless cuz spoilers... There were a few too many quests that the characters had to race to constantly and I think the book would have benefited from some slower moments, allowing the story and the characters to breathe and for the reader to get to know everyone better. Is it the greatest ocean adventure romance you'll ever read? No. Was it a light, fun, and engaging way to spend a few hours? Absolutely! Thank you so much to NetGalley for sending me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 4.5 hearts I am fond of this author's work but the description of this new series, Captain Kit Brightling , didn't really appeal to me. Wow, was I wrong.  Still, it took me a bit to get started on reading (as is often the case this year), but I was drawn into story quickly. Bright and Breaking Sea has so many things I lo This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 4.5 hearts I am fond of this author's work but the description of this new series, Captain Kit Brightling , didn't really appeal to me. Wow, was I wrong.  Still, it took me a bit to get started on reading (as is often the case this year), but I was drawn into story quickly. Bright and Breaking Sea has so many things I love.  The setting is some sort of historical fantasy world. There is a class system with the elite, Beau Monde, and the regular folks.  Women are considered inferior by the misogynistic which is many Beau Monde men.  After marriage, they would be expected to stop and career and cater to the home.  However,  the ruler is a queen.  She took over when her father the King died and is savvy and capable.  The world has an interesting magic system we only begin to see. Of course, characters are key to a great book.  Kit has an interesting backstory as a foundling.  Her current work as a sea captain is a position she loves and handles very well.  She has amazing intelligence, care for her crew, abilities with magic and strategies. Kit is also better able to control her temper and follow orders, even when there is bias or injustice than I would be.   She has the support of a great found family. There are other characters who add to the development. There are the key members of Kit's family and crew, as well as those in the palace.  The queen has a bit of personality as does one of her advisors, Chandler.   She has a few male friends, Kingsley and Dorian.  And for her new mission, she is teamed with a soldier, Rian Grant, part of the Beau Monde.  Grant has fought in the war recently ended in some horrific battles with great loss of life. The missions here take place mostly at sea with wind, sails, storms, pirates, and magic affecting the travel, and strategy, magic and guns part of the battles.  But sea battles are not all of the action.  There is covert surveillance, theft of documents, and retrieval of key individuals from kidnap. So the queen assigns diverse tasks to Kit and Grant. I liked this more than a little and highly recommend it.  The writing was charming, but the clincher is the humor. The banter between Kit and Grant is distrustful at first and then teasing as they learn to work together.  I ran looking for when there would be more, as the threats from the Queen's enemies will undoubtedly continue.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    I'm about fifty-fifty with this book. I liked the action, the fighting, and the start of romance, but there were some slow parts and I wasn't always sure what direction the story was going. Kit is a cool character, she's strong and independent and people underestimate her which she uses to her advantage. I liked that she cared about her family and crew and made sure they were safe. The romance was not quite enemies to lovers, but Kit and Grant definitely didn't get along at first. He slowly star I'm about fifty-fifty with this book. I liked the action, the fighting, and the start of romance, but there were some slow parts and I wasn't always sure what direction the story was going. Kit is a cool character, she's strong and independent and people underestimate her which she uses to her advantage. I liked that she cared about her family and crew and made sure they were safe. The romance was not quite enemies to lovers, but Kit and Grant definitely didn't get along at first. He slowly started seeing how capable she was and when he stood up for her against those misogynists, I was on board with them as a couple. Kit has some reservations about him, but I think in the next book we'll see some progress there. The pacing is the thing that got me, there are bursts of fighting that are a lot of fun, but then it gets slow and I get bored. Luckily, this isn't a long story and by the end I was intrigued to see what happens next. I received a copy of this audiobook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I really enjoyed this first in a new fantasy series. Pirates, magic, spies, adventure, who could ask for more? I listened the audiobook and I really enjoyed the narrator a lot. Kit Brighling is a foundling, unaware of her own history, who was found and raised by a woman who recognized her strengths including having an affinity to water. She’s now a captain in the Queen’s navy and given a secret mission the only complication is being paired with a Vicount, one of the elite. Their adventures are f I really enjoyed this first in a new fantasy series. Pirates, magic, spies, adventure, who could ask for more? I listened the audiobook and I really enjoyed the narrator a lot. Kit Brighling is a foundling, unaware of her own history, who was found and raised by a woman who recognized her strengths including having an affinity to water. She’s now a captain in the Queen’s navy and given a secret mission the only complication is being paired with a Vicount, one of the elite. Their adventures are fun and there is a hint of romance but it fits well with the story. I can’t wait to read more and would love to get to know Kit’s family a little better.

  17. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    3.5/5 - A fun new historical fantasy series with an easy-to-root-for protagonist who is the captain of a ship. - There's a budding romance here and I see their potential - I'm hoping the sequel will be more romance-driven. - The magic system sounds interesting though I didn't feel like we had enough info in this book. RTC 3.5/5 - A fun new historical fantasy series with an easy-to-root-for protagonist who is the captain of a ship. - There's a budding romance here and I see their potential - I'm hoping the sequel will be more romance-driven. - The magic system sounds interesting though I didn't feel like we had enough info in this book. RTC

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Okay, so when I tell you I was beyond excited to dive into The Bright and Breaking Sea just know that I meant it. Unfortunately, for me, it started off so freaking slow. I was honestly so bored for half of this book. Then it was like a snap of a finger happening and I started enjoying everything that was happening. I can't even blame work for being so bored while listening to everything that was happening in this book. It ju I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Okay, so when I tell you I was beyond excited to dive into The Bright and Breaking Sea just know that I meant it. Unfortunately, for me, it started off so freaking slow. I was honestly so bored for half of this book. Then it was like a snap of a finger happening and I started enjoying everything that was happening. I can't even blame work for being so bored while listening to everything that was happening in this book. It just wasn't holding my attention. Don't get me wrong, eventually I started to like Kit and everyone else in this book. It just took me a while to find my groove. The thing that kept me going was the tension and bantering. I don't know what it is but those two will always give me life. Especially when they are good. Other than that, I didn't really care for the romance and I am actually happy it was more of a back burner than anything. I feel like if it just focused solely on that - I don't know what I would've done. I'm hoping that the next book will be a lot better for me and my attention span. I am intrigued to see what is going to happen next for everyone involved.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I loved "The Bright and Breaking Sea"! A delightful high seas adventure set in an alternate world version of Napoleonic times where magic exists (naturally) and some are more sensitive to it than others (naturally). We follow Captain Kit Brightling, a young captain who is frequently sent on secret missions for the queen. Being a Chloe Neill book there's also a healthy dash of romance thrown in for good measure but for those who don't seek that sort of story out, not to worry, it won't ruin your s I loved "The Bright and Breaking Sea"! A delightful high seas adventure set in an alternate world version of Napoleonic times where magic exists (naturally) and some are more sensitive to it than others (naturally). We follow Captain Kit Brightling, a young captain who is frequently sent on secret missions for the queen. Being a Chloe Neill book there's also a healthy dash of romance thrown in for good measure but for those who don't seek that sort of story out, not to worry, it won't ruin your swashbuckling good time. This is clearly the first book in a series and I can already see several bits of foreshadowing (Who were Kit's parents? Will she secretly be royalty? What's the deal with pantaloons?) but we'll get to all of these in good time. A high recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Electriss ★BookishGamer★

    DNF @ 43% Sadly the begining didn't really grab my attention and this audiobook ended up turning into background noise. I am willing to try picking it up again in the future! DNF @ 43% Sadly the begining didn't really grab my attention and this audiobook ended up turning into background noise. I am willing to try picking it up again in the future!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***4.5 *I Try to be Mysterious at Least Thrice a Day. It Keeps the Blood Moving’ Stars*** This was a fun high seas romp with a good dose of mystery/suspense and filled with a ton of characters I want to spend a lot more time with! I loved Kit. She’s strong, loyal, determined and simply a good person. She isn’t one to overreact, but she has her moments where doing the right thing may get her into a bit of a kerfuffle ~ depending on whose POV one is looking at. I loved that she was absolutely co ***4.5 *I Try to be Mysterious at Least Thrice a Day. It Keeps the Blood Moving’ Stars*** This was a fun high seas romp with a good dose of mystery/suspense and filled with a ton of characters I want to spend a lot more time with! I loved Kit. She’s strong, loyal, determined and simply a good person. She isn’t one to overreact, but she has her moments where doing the right thing may get her into a bit of a kerfuffle ~ depending on whose POV one is looking at. I loved that she was absolutely comfortable in her own skin and could, when the situation called for it, admit that her way may not be the best and roll with the punches. And then there is Rian Grant. I cannot deny that even I was a bit wary of him at the start but as time progressed I ended up liking the Viscount. His is a bit of a grump and can definitely come across as a true member of the Beau Monde, but as the story progresses you find that there is a lot more to him than meets the eye and I cannot wait to find out what else the Viscount is made of as the series progresses. As a huge MEthan fan, I was all kinds of curious and excited to dive into this new world and I wasn’t disappointed. I love that the world has a Victorian era vibe with a magical twist to it and how easy it was to get lost in it. The suspense side of the coin was done well and I’m quite interested to see how the overall series arc plays out. As for the romance side of things, in all honesty it is very light and I was perfectly fine with it because it fits the Victorian vibe as well as just how Kit and Rian were portrayed and am looking forward to a slow burn ride when it comes to the two of them. But as everyone knows, I LOVE well written secondary characters and this one is chock full of them. Jin, Hetta, Jane, Tamlin, Louisa...and so many more that I’d end up naming almost every character in the book, but there were so many unique characters that filled the pages, I simply want to spend more time with them. So, if you’re looking for a high seas journey, then this is a must click for you! ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meigan

    A fun series starter, Chloe Neill delivers adventures on the high sea with a storyline that draws inspiration straight from the Napoleonic wars. Magical and fun with just a touch of enemies-to-lovers romance, this is yet another of Neill’s series that’s going straight to my favorites shelf. In THE BRIGHT AND BREAKING SEA, readers are introduced to Kit Brightling, Captain of the Diana. Kit has been tasked by the Queen to rescue one of her spies. She’s also (unfortunately) tasked with working along A fun series starter, Chloe Neill delivers adventures on the high sea with a storyline that draws inspiration straight from the Napoleonic wars. Magical and fun with just a touch of enemies-to-lovers romance, this is yet another of Neill’s series that’s going straight to my favorites shelf. In THE BRIGHT AND BREAKING SEA, readers are introduced to Kit Brightling, Captain of the Diana. Kit has been tasked by the Queen to rescue one of her spies. She’s also (unfortunately) tasked with working alongside Beau Monde member Rian Grant. Kit doesn’t exactly pair well with anyone Beau Monde, so she and Rian start out on a very prickly note. But through the course of their mission, they slowly but surely warm up to one another. The Bright and Breaking Sea gives readers plenty of high-seas adventure with sailors and pirates and a myriad of different ships. There’s also a fascinating magic system with Aligned magic users, and there’s plenty of intrigue and tension surrounding magic because in this world, magic is power. Or just plain frivolous, depending on who you ask. There’s also a hint of romance blossoming between Grant and Kit and it should definitely please the enemies-to-lovers fans. Though it’s more like enemies-to-sorta-friends in this case, because the romance is still very much in its infancy. Bottom line — fast paced and fun series starter, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the future holds for Kit and Grant. *eARC received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first installment in author Chloe Neill's Captain Kit Brightling series. Set in a Napoleonic-like era, the story begins in the year 1812 with Gerard Rousseau, Emperor of Gallia, trying to take control over an entire continent. It is the first time we are introduced to key characters Rian Grant a Sutherland officer observing Gerard's troop movements, as well as Lieutenant Kit Brightling. Kit is Aligned with *Source* Publisher *Genre* Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first installment in author Chloe Neill's Captain Kit Brightling series. Set in a Napoleonic-like era, the story begins in the year 1812 with Gerard Rousseau, Emperor of Gallia, trying to take control over an entire continent. It is the first time we are introduced to key characters Rian Grant a Sutherland officer observing Gerard's troop movements, as well as Lieutenant Kit Brightling. Kit is Aligned with the sea. She can feel the currents of magic that spin beneath the waters. There are others who are Aligned with the Earth. The story then moves forward 3 years. The war is over. Gerard was defeated and is now in exile to Montgraf. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    An intriguing start to a brand new series by Chloe Neill full of sailors, captains, strange new magic, the sea, and roguish yet fancy love interests. Kit Brightly is a clever woman who is the captain of her own ship. She deals with misogyny from other captains with style, and is willing to go to the end of the world for her crew. She also has strong ties to the woman who raised her, along with her six other sisters. The Bright and Breaking Sea is set in an alternate reality in which women seem to An intriguing start to a brand new series by Chloe Neill full of sailors, captains, strange new magic, the sea, and roguish yet fancy love interests. Kit Brightly is a clever woman who is the captain of her own ship. She deals with misogyny from other captains with style, and is willing to go to the end of the world for her crew. She also has strong ties to the woman who raised her, along with her six other sisters. The Bright and Breaking Sea is set in an alternate reality in which women seem to have a lot more freedom and respect, though misogyny is not entirely gone. It is also a world full of magic, and Kit is very good at toeing the line between overusing the magic (which leads to catastrophe) and gently manipulating it. There is a lot being set up in The Bright and Breaking Sea, and if this is like Neill's other series' then we are in for the long haul. In TBABS we deal with traitors to the crown, a tyrant who wants his power back, the experimentation of magic (and its consequences), the oppression of the people who are aligned (can somehow feel the magic imbued in the sea, the air, or the earth, and sort of manipulate it), and the beginnings of a slow burn courtship. I think there is a lot to like here. At some parts the story is a bit slower than I would have liked. I want more chapters were the crew come together as an unlikely family. You do have a lot of adventure at sea, but it is a couple of small missions with not a lot of tension. I was missing that goal at the end of the book. I felt the revelation of the spy was also kind of anticlimactic, as I wasn't hugely invested in the character that was revealed to be the culprit. Overall it is a great start to a new series! I look forward to the next installment. PS; I was provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to the publisher!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bright Star

    The Bright and Breaking Sea was a quick and enjoyable reading. I adored the characters, especially our Captain Kit and her banters with Grant, but there were some flaws in this story. The pacing was too fast sometimes and the missions were too easy to accomplish. In addition to that, the magic system wasn't deeply explored and explained, which left me a little bit disappointed. It wasn't the book of the year but it's perfect if you want to spend some time relaxing and having fun. The Bright and Breaking Sea was a quick and enjoyable reading. I adored the characters, especially our Captain Kit and her banters with Grant, but there were some flaws in this story. The pacing was too fast sometimes and the missions were too easy to accomplish. In addition to that, the magic system wasn't deeply explored and explained, which left me a little bit disappointed. It wasn't the book of the year but it's perfect if you want to spend some time relaxing and having fun.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: The Bright and Breaking Sea Series: Captain Kit Brightling #1 Author: Chloe Neill Release date: November 17, 2020 Cliffhanger: yes Genre: fantasy “The world is becoming dangerous again,” she said. “Be as careful as you can.” “The world has always been dangerous,” Kit said. “But some are better at hiding it." Believe it or not, this is my very first read by Chloe Neill! I'm ashamed to admit that considering how long she's been on my radar and TBR. In The Bright and Breaking Sea, she has created Title: The Bright and Breaking Sea Series: Captain Kit Brightling #1 Author: Chloe Neill Release date: November 17, 2020 Cliffhanger: yes Genre: fantasy “The world is becoming dangerous again,” she said. “Be as careful as you can.” “The world has always been dangerous,” Kit said. “But some are better at hiding it." Believe it or not, this is my very first read by Chloe Neill! I'm ashamed to admit that considering how long she's been on my radar and TBR. In The Bright and Breaking Sea, she has created a strong female lead named Captain Kit Brightling. A young woman who was raised in an orphanage and managed to rise out of poverty to the esteemed position in Isles' the Crown Command. Even more notably, she has garnered the respect of Queen Charlotte herself, and is one of the most trusted in her inner circle. She's worked hard to reach the heights she has at such a young age, and that's probably why she doesn't take anything for granted. Kit is a leader-through and through-and she doesn't take kindly to anyone trying to undermine her authority. One of her best qualities I think was her sheer unwavering confidence in herself, even in situations where the odds were against her. She knew her own worth and never failed to put 110% into whatever mission is put in front of her. The book begins when Kit returns home for a needed rest, only to be summoned by the queen for new, urgent orders. There have been rumors that Gerard Rousseau, the exiled emperor of Gallia may be plotting something. One of the queen's spies investigating has been captured, and it's imperative that Kit travel immediately to the prison where he's reportedly being kept and break him out. She doesn't bat an eye...until she's told that she'll be joined by Colonel Grant who will assist in leading the mission. She immediately puts her barriers up against him because of his aristocratic lineage-which is a little judgmental in my book, but coming from her life experience most likely logical. This is where my three star rating comes in. This book really dragged for me. The pace was excruciating as it took me three days to read 15% at some points. Did that consistently stretch on for the entire book? No. But there were long periods where I was having to force myself to hold my concentration on the story because it wasn't grabbing me with ease. I would say that the first 50-60% was an effort. Not because I didn't enjoy the characters or the plot, but it was just stretched out in a way that I didn't enjoy. It was bogged down by so much description of the technicalities of the Diana: how they operated her, and how they maneuvered her through the action scenes. It kind of took me out of the moment to constantly be fed information about what they were doing rather than allowing me to just enjoy the adventure. I like research and facts in fiction as much as the next person, but for me I needed to feel more organic. There was also worldbuilding to be done as it's the introduction to a new series which also tends to slow things down to a degree. This world has a definite feminist spin. While there are females in high positions of power, as well as lower ranking such as those in Kit's crew, that's not to say that there wasn't still prejudice against Kit. There was one instance in particular when she was confronted by a man at the palace who had preconceptions about her solely based on her being a woman. However, for the most part, the author created a historical fantasy world in which women were given many more freedoms that in real world historical reality. I think that added credence to the world because you're never going to have a utopian society that's completely free of prejudice and discrimination. In fact, it's instances like this that illustrated Kit's unconcern for others' poor opinions of her. The magic was not as strong as I was expecting in this world. The "Aligned" can control elements-as Kit can control the sea. “I’m Aligned, you know. I can feel the sea, the rise and fall, like an echo of my heartbeat. I hear a tune just for you, ready to call you home.” Yes, she uses her magic, and it's explained to some extent, but I wouldn't say that there's a detailed magic system. This feels more like a feminist military book. I honestly loved Captain Kit-she's a firecracker with endless reserves of courage that anybody could respect. She's loyal to Hetta Brightling, the woman who raised her at the orphanage, and still considers her and the orphans family. She has a soft core that she tries to hide under her tough exterior, but it reveals itself in many ways throughout the book, giving her character more dimension. The way she treats her crew like a team rather than subordinates who are beneath her, the way she cares for the stowaway child on her ship and worries after her, these are all examples of her principles and strong character. The second half of the book picked up some, and there is a romance developing that this romance reader really appreciated. It was definitely in the background, but I think that's the way it should be in a YA fantasy. It doesn't need to overtake the central action of the plot. I really liked her love interest, Colonel Grant and enjoyed how their initial antagonism and distrust evolved into the warm tenderness at the end. The book ended on a high note, but there was a cliffhanger last minute which I think many will already anticipate since this is a first in series. Although I had some issues with this one, I would still recommend giving it a try, especially if you're already a Chloe Neill fan. I think the series has a lot of positive things going for it into book two, and I'm willing to continue on to join more adventures with the bold Kit Brightling in the future. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-copy to review! I’m going to start this off by saying that this is a case of “it’s me, not you.” and although there were good parts to this book, it just wasn’t a book I overly enjoyed. At the beginning, a man named Gerard is introduced. There isn’t much context given but it was enough to entice me. From there, Kit is introduced and she is a pretty interesting character. Kit is the captain of a ship that is employed to the queen. It’s a pretty nift Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-copy to review! I’m going to start this off by saying that this is a case of “it’s me, not you.” and although there were good parts to this book, it just wasn’t a book I overly enjoyed. At the beginning, a man named Gerard is introduced. There isn’t much context given but it was enough to entice me. From there, Kit is introduced and she is a pretty interesting character. Kit is the captain of a ship that is employed to the queen. It’s a pretty nifty job and can be quite dangerous when the sea is filled with sea dragons and there are swashbuckling pirates. She is courageous and doesn’t let her gender get in the way. I also liked the bits with her sister, Jane, because it shows that family is important to her. Jane is also pretty wild with those explosives! I will say that some of the characters felt flat and it was hard to connect with them. After the initial prologue, the book was a bit slow and took me awhile to get into again. I think for me the problem was that I was expecting more fantasy whereas I would say this is more historical fiction with just a hint of magic. Maybe the magic will play a bigger role in the next book. I also seem to hit a wall with my interest when it comes to seafaring books. I don’t know why and I keep trying to make them work for me but it’s just not a favorite setting of mine. Overall, this book was good but it just wasn’t really a book for me. I think many will like this one especially if they enjoy historical fiction, strong female characters, and seafaring adventures.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3 Stars The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first in a new series by Chloe Neill. I need to be quite frank, I struggled for months to read the beginning portion of the novel. I wasn't hooked at all. I would barely make it a page before my eyes crossed. This happened several times per week, attempting to persevere. The reason is because it felt as if I was dropped in the middle of the second or third book in a series, amid a m I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3 Stars The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first in a new series by Chloe Neill. I need to be quite frank, I struggled for months to read the beginning portion of the novel. I wasn't hooked at all. I would barely make it a page before my eyes crossed. This happened several times per week, attempting to persevere. The reason is because it felt as if I was dropped in the middle of the second or third book in a series, amid a major event that was occurring on page, and I had no idea who these people were, what they were doing there, where they were going, or how they got there in the first place. It was a majorly confusing beginning with zero hook for me. I wasn't eased into it, just dropped into a ship and expected to float. Battles are info-dumped as if I read them in real time during the last installment. A mass of characters are spoken about as if I know who they are and what they mean to the main character. To be honest, time and time again, I got frustrated and just closed the book. I was unsure of what I just read needed to be retained, like I was reading a textbook and should take notes for later. I was at a precipice where I either just gave up or gave in. Being that Chloe Neill tops my all-time favorite list, I gave in. What does that even mean, I skimmed past it, retained or not didn't matter. In my quest to be completely honest, I struggled to stop skimming. The issues didn't abate for me. I never fully connected to the storyline because I was always inundated with too much information, unsure what I needed to retain. Chaos, because there wasn't much downtime for me to digest what was happening on the pages before Kit was yet again thrust into more action. I like to think myself as intelligent, hoping it was my mood at the time. Being that I struggled for months, at least twenty or more attempts to finish the novel... overall, I just felt it was too complicated, no easing into the information, the setting, or the characters. Kit was exactly my favorite type of heroine. Strong and capable and loyal, deeply emotional but doesn't let anyone in. A strong role model. Add in pirates and ships and adventuring and forbidden romance and political intrigue and magic, it should have been a page-turner for me. I just couldn't connect with the story, and that truly upsets me. I wanted to love it. I so badly wanted a new series by Neill that I'd be just as hooked as with Chicagoland and its spin-off. Sadly, that wasn't the case. In the future, I'll attempt a reread, hoping by then my view of the story will change. Definitely recommend readers check out The Bright and Breaking Sea, assuming responsibility that it just wasn't for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gobookmart

    Originally Reviewed on website : Gobookmart Review The Bright and Breaking Sea is the 1st novel in a new series mixing a cut of romance with a Napoleonic War type story set in a world with sorcery. Generally I am not an huge fan of Napoleonic War stories with all the maritime fights and such, yet this was a shockingly fun experience. Kit is a magical women. On the ocean she feels the magic within the water and it serves her and her crew well on her ship. She is self-assured and one among the few fe Originally Reviewed on website : Gobookmart Review The Bright and Breaking Sea is the 1st novel in a new series mixing a cut of romance with a Napoleonic War type story set in a world with sorcery. Generally I am not an huge fan of Napoleonic War stories with all the maritime fights and such, yet this was a shockingly fun experience. Kit is a magical women. On the ocean she feels the magic within the water and it serves her and her crew well on her ship. She is self-assured and one among the few female captains and a veteran of the Continental war. She seems to a likeable character, loyal to her group of people who work closely together, saviour to other foundling girls and unnaturally scared of horses. When the Queen calls to send her on a mission to save a spy for the crown it finishes up being just the start of a journey to save her country from ending up in another war. “Rian Grant” veteran of the Continental War and a Viscount is additionally tasked by the Queen to assist Kit in saving the spy and returning with the intel on the exiled emperor. Sure, he seems arrogant initially but as time continues, we discover that he has problems with his own at home and isn’t such a nasty guy. He and Kit work well together and while there’s a smidge of a romance happening , it’s a slow burner Victorian style but hopefully, we get there eventually. He has some potential though and that i could see him being swoon worthy afterward . Overall, I had a great time with the characters of The Bright and Breaking Sea and therefore the story. There are some fun fights, a touch of intrigue on who is trying to reinstall the exiled emperor, and therefore the hint of romance. The story keeps an honest pace and does its job fixing the texture for the remainder of the series and giving the reader an honest intro into this world and the way magic works in it. Swashbuckling fun may be a apt description and that i liked it such a lot I’ll need to try a number of Chloe Neill’s other works. Follow us on social media Google news Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/GoBookMart1/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/gobookmart2 Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/gobookmart/

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    I really enjoyed this historical fantasy novel and am so excited to conjure this series. The Bright and Breaking Sea follows Captain Kit Brightling on her journeys to carry out top-secret missions for her queen. It’s set in a post-Napoleonic era where magic is real, which I thought was such a cool mash-up. The magic system overall was pretty interesting and I’m really looking forward to seeing it fleshed out more in future novels. The Bright and Breaking Sea is full of action, adventures, pirates I really enjoyed this historical fantasy novel and am so excited to conjure this series. The Bright and Breaking Sea follows Captain Kit Brightling on her journeys to carry out top-secret missions for her queen. It’s set in a post-Napoleonic era where magic is real, which I thought was such a cool mash-up. The magic system overall was pretty interesting and I’m really looking forward to seeing it fleshed out more in future novels. The Bright and Breaking Sea is full of action, adventures, pirates, and espionage. Plus there’s a truly excellent enemies to lovers romance! And two found families that are just adorable. Overall, this was a quick and fun series starter! I can’t wait to find out what happens next and definitely plan on picking up the second book in the series. *Disclaimer: I received an advance digital copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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