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The Bright and Breaking Sea (A Captain Kit Brightling Novel) (edição 2020)

por Chloe Neill (Autor)

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Título:The Bright and Breaking Sea (A Captain Kit Brightling Novel)
Autores:Chloe Neill (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2020), 384 pages
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Well thought-out alternative history? Reasons why people are different? Two competent people working together who have good reasons not to want a relationship to even start between them outside of simply wanting a relationship. That her career matters and noth she and he are aware of that. All of these things.
Kit Brightling was a foundling and raised in an all-women house for talented girls. Worked her way through the Isles' Crown Command and become a female Captain in Queen Charlotte's fleet (and I purely love the rope she played for folks who wanted to belittle her) she has an affinity for the sea. This can help her with her job but she doesn't rely on it, still the sea calls to her.
Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe is a veteran of the Continental War and they have to team up to rescue an old friend of his who has been captured. Theres a suspicion of espionage and that things aren't quite as secret sometimes as they should. Kit is wary of Rian because he's part of the Beau Monde and she distinctly isn't and she doesn't trust nobles. He's also dealing with a younger brother who has incurred debts.
It's all so very Regency with twists and probably bears as much relationship to history as Regency Romances and it was fun (even if I did grate my teeth a little on the Saxon Isles bit) ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 16, 2021 |
Ah man did I enjoy this book. I read the Chicagoland Vampires series about a couple of years ago, and I remember liking them, but being a little disappointed in the main character. I'm not really into the "I didn't even know swimming is a thing last week, but here I am, all of a sudden, tossed in the deep end. With sharks. With lasers. And somehow I'm ok? But mostly because I've endeared myself to badass lifeguards keeping my head afloat while I learn how to swim." Like, I get the appeal: it's relatable, it's a way to introduce the readers to a new world without straight-up info dumps. I get it. It's definitely for others, but it's not for me. I want to read about the badass lifeguards. Kit is a badass lifeguard and I love her.

And thank Poseidon, or whatever the sea god is called in this book, at no point in this book is she TSTL. She makes rational decisions. Her conflicts make sense, feel real, and are in no way caused by her making mistakes you can see coming chapters away. I'm a simple girl: sometimes, I want to read about women who are good at life.

like, Beyonce good

The writing is lovely. The way Kit talks about the sea is beautiful. You can feel the connection she has to it, how mesmerizing the power is, how she can almost get lost in it. Gorgeous.

The banter is fun and quick. No one takes themselves too seriously, though if you like competency porn, the main and secondary characters will still give you plenty of it. I was even able to keep up with all the nautical terms, even though, like most topics that make up Forbidden Dad Knowledge, my brain refuses to retain the information.

pictured: a Dad about to yell at me because I keep saying "left" instead of "port"

The relationship is taking a slow burn arc, so if that's not your jam, maybe wait until more books are out. But also, don't. I normally like to wait too, but this book was so well written, fun, and all around enjoyable, that it held up on its own without needing to rest on an overarching story making it all worth it.

And can we pour one out in appreciation for The Thing Keeping Them Apart being a real problem that is also no one's fault? Like, of course it's a problem that Kit's job is staying busy doing hot girl shit in the middle of the ocean and Grant's a viscount who has to stay on land with his estate. That IS a problem! A real one! Is it a lot to kiss a dude once and then be like, I CAN'T MARRY YOU!? Maybe. But, why start going down a road you already know goes somewhere you don't want to go?

And he respects her thoughts??? He doesn't ignore all that and pester her to change her mind? Because it IS a problem that doesn't just go away because a man doesn't like it. UGH YES MORE.

Part of a complete and healthy breakfast for every good MC

Anyways, loved this book, can't wait for the next one, might go back and read more of Chloe Neill's backlog. ( )
  chichigrrr | May 23, 2021 |
Foundling Kit Brightling has worked hard to earn her spot as Captain on a ship in the Queen’s Crown Command fleet. It helps that she loves the sea and is also Aligned to it—someone who has a magical bond with one of the elements.

When the queen sends Kit on a mission to rescue a spy whose cover has been compromised, she jumps at the opportunity to help queen and country. Even when those orders include tagalong Viscount, and veteran of the Continental War, Rian Grant.

Kit doesn’t know Rian or his motivations, but she does know others of the Beau Monde—New London high society—and she’s not about to let him take control of the mission. But, as they both learn, titles can be deceiving, and what they discover will have them both setting aside their preconceived notions and working together as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.

I like the different direction Chloe Neill is taking with a high-seas adventure that is firmly seated in the historical fantasy category, which is a departure from her various urban fantasy series.

The Bright and Breaking Sea works so well as a setup to the new series and it was one that almost went by too quickly. I wanted to savor the time in this first book, but Chloe Neill pretty much sets things off running right out of the gate as Kit and Rian search for a traitor and try to thwart potential war on the horizon.

Honestly, I would have loved more time fleshing out characters and setting. In particular, the magic system was one such area where I could have used a bit more background on how it works, its limitations and advantages. I think it would have been especially helpful seeing as how one of the main conflict—and one I assume will be overarching—stems from magic use. But there’s enough so far that I at least have a rudimentary understanding of what’s good and what’s bad. I have no doubt Chloe Neill will continue to build upon this beginning and familiarity will come with more reading. I guess I can’t fault her for not putting all her eggs in one basket.

Probably my favorite aspect of the story was the fact that Chloe Neill puts Kit and Rian on pretty equal ground when it comes to working together on this mission. Despite Kit being Aligned, their skills and capabilities are on pretty level, but it’s their varying experiences—Rian being part—although an almost outside part—of the Beau Monde, Kit being a foundling, etc. that really brings that something extra to their interactions.

Which of course leads into the lovely opposites-attract slow-burn (hopefully) romance we have going on. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a series that develops a relationship over a number of books, and as we should all know by now, Chloe Neill is a pro at this. One of the things I look forward to most is how things continue to develop between Rian and Kit.

If you’re a fan already of Chloe Neill, you’ll be delighted to have a new world from her. It’s a great departure from what we’re used to but still full of all the things we know we can count on from Chloe Neill. ( )
  AmyM3317 | Nov 23, 2020 |
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. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Nov 17, 2020 |
Neill's new fantasy was an entertaining adventure. Kit Brightling was a foundling raised by an independent woman who had high expectations for her adopted daughters. Kit has become a Captain in the Queen's Own ostensibly working as a courier but actually as an agent of the Queen.

The Queen calls her in to rescue a captured spy from an impregnable prison. The only problem is that the Queen wants her to work with a member of the Beau Monde, a Viscount named Rian Grant. They do not immediately hit it off.

Grant feels that he has done his service to the Queen in the battles on the Continent. Now he wants to spend time on his estate since it was run down during the war and needs his attention to get it out of debt. But rescuing the spy only begins the adventure because he gives them information leading to a traitor within the government of the Queen.

This story takes place in 1815 or so in a world similar to that of the Napoleonic era except that in this world there is magic. Kit is aligned to the sea which is an advantage for a sea captain. However, the former emperor Gerard has been exiled to an isolated island but his supporters have plans to free him which involves lots of magic.

I liked the relationship that grew between Kit and Grant and that it wasn't an "instant love" sort of relationship. I liked Kit's relationship with her crew. The whole setting was excellently done. I loved the details about sailing ships. I also loved that in this world there seemed to be a lot of equality between the sexes and a multi-ethnic society. Of course, there were also the old fuddy-duddies of the Beau Monde who didn't want women in positions of power and certainly not foundlings. There was also a prejudice among the Beau Monde regarding magic and its use.

I can't wait for more of Kit Brightling's adventures. ( )
  kmartin802 | Oct 22, 2020 |
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