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ARC Review: The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

Thank you Berkley Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! The Bright and Breaking Sea goes on sale November 17, 2020.

Image via NetGalley

Genre: Fantasy
Series: Captain Kit Brightling #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUTKit 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….


My Review: The Bright and Breaking Sea was a very pleasant read. The story felt like you could just lay back and enjoy.

The world-building was good and easy to acclimate myself to and how magic (alignment) worked. I was really captivated by this story and its characters from the beginning.

Kit is a born leader who earns her respect and devotion by her crew. As one of few female captains and high ranked officials, she doesn’t allow misogyny or snobbery to keep her from doing what she loves and getting the job done. She has a sharp wit, is very clever, loyal, and compassionate. She’s a tough cookie who (like myself) loves reading romance stories.

I knew right away that I’d enjoy Kit and Grant butting heads. It was guaranteed to happen because of the stereotyped idea they had of each other. I liked how they earned each other’s respect and even more the hint of a slow burn romance to be.

There was a lot of action, high seas battles, fighting and explosions. And while the stakes were high, Kit and crew were able to overcome obstacles in one, easy try, making their successes underwhelming. No fails or setbacks. One part could technically be seen as a fail but the ease of the mission made the perceived failure somewhat insignificant.

Overall, The Bright and Breaking Sea was an entertaining story and thrilling first novel of a series that I will definitely be continuing. I had a lot of fun reading this book and am keen to see what dangers are in store for the Isles as well as more cute Kit and Grant moments.

6 replies on “ARC Review: The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill”

I was so intrigued by the cover….. just gorgeous and so different from her regular covers. When I saw it on NetGalley I wanted to request it but I’m horrible at the moment with reading the books I’m supposed to read, I’ll just have to wait for my library copy. 😀

~ Corina |

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Agreed! It’s cover is very different from the rest of her books. I was very surprised by that.


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