Happy release day to The Bright and Breaking Sea and thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for letting me read a copy of it early! I really enjoyed this book and ugh now that I’m done with it, I NEED to have another Kit Brightling book in my hands right now!
The Bright and Breaking Sea 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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….
This book was so good! I really, really enjoyed The Bright and Breaking Sea. It was the perfect mix of action, fantasy, sea-faring, pirate facing, adventure, magic, historical fiction, with the smallest dash of romance thrown in. I really liked Kit Brightling as a main character. Her affinity to the sea was really interesting- I think the way Chloe Neill wrote affinities in general was really interesting and I liked how nuanced it was. Like there’s a fine line between knowing how something like the currents are running and manipulating them, and if you err too far on the manipulation realm, there are major consequences and you’re definitely not allowed to do that. I like that Kit toes that line, but she never goes over that. I also enjoyed how she was constantly underestimated, and because of how young and unassuming she seemed, the queen was able to use her in more ways than expected. I love how people never expect young women to know what they’re doing or to be capable…. Queen Charlotte was another character I loved! She had to make so many tactical decisions and be civil to people she knew questioned her authority and her claim to the throne and she did it with grace and poise- I don’t know if I would have been able to do that at all. Man, this was my first Chloe Neill book, and it’s definitely not going to be my last, because, if y’all have followed my reviews for a while, you know that while I’m a plot driven reader, I love my characters, and Chloe Neill really knows how to write incredible characters! I loved Colonel Grant and all of Kit’s sisters and everyone on the Diana and even our villain and the other captains. The plot itself was so interesting throughout the whole book. There was never a point where I wanted the book to end because I was bored. I know some people might be annoyed by the romance within the book, but there wasn’t enough to take away from the action and adventure, and I actually feel like it added to the tension throughout. There were some plot points that didn’t really seem to add anything to the overall story, but they also didn’t take anything away from it, so I’m super excited to see if they mean more in book two! Overall, I really enjoyed The Bright and Breaking Sea and I think y’all will too, so definitely be sure to check it out!