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Quote of the Day (from A Swift and Savage Tide)

quote from "A Swift and Savage Tide" by Chloe Neill

This profound quote about magic comes from A Swift and Savage Tide:

“Magic is not sentient, and it does not pick sides. It simply is.”

 

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ARC Review: A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill

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Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! A Swift and Savage Tide is out now!

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

ABOUT: Captain Kit Brightling is Aligned to the magic of the sea, which makes her an invaluable asset to the Saxon Isles and its monarch, Queen Charlotte. The Isles and its allies will need every advantage they can get: Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent.

Gerard has no qualms about using dangerous magic to support his ambitions, so Kit and the crew of her ship, the Diana, are the natural choice to find him—and help stop him. But then Kit’s path unexpectedly crosses with that of the dashing and handsome Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, who’s working undercover on the Continent in his own efforts to stop Gerard. And he’s not the only person Kit is surprised to see. An old enemy has arisen, and the power he’ll wield on Gerard’s behalf is beautiful and terrible. Sparks will fly and sails will flutter as Kit and crew are cast into the seas of adventure to fight for queen and country.

 

My Review: Another great read from Chloe Neill! A Swift and Savage Tide is an excellent high seas adventure full of perilous battles at sea, romance that defies the status quo, a crew of charming, resilient characters, and one outstanding ship captain who I admire.

Book 2 ups the stakes, increases the risks. Once more, Kit proves how valiant and capable she is as a ship captain and leader. She’ll do whatever it takes to stop Gerard Rousseau from regaining power to take over the Continent. He continues to use dangerous magic and dangerous people to achieve his goals, his time in exile proving quite useful much to Kit’s frustration.

But in her pursuits and encounters with a deadly blast from the past, Kit comes to learn that there’s more to being aligned (having magic) than what people have always feared. The backstory behind that fear she a lot of light on some of the current strife. I like that Kit is open to exploring her magic further (though with a healthy amount of skepticism and wariness). I like the potential this aspect of the story could have in the future since magic has been a source of reluctance and contention.

I loved the progression of Kit and Grant’s relationship, rocky as it was for most of this book. Even though Grant has always treated her as an equal and that they work so well together, Kit is reluctant to fully embrace her feelings for him. To Kit, they are incompatible because they come from vastly different backgrounds and social status. She doesn’t want to lose herself, the sea to which she’s aligned to, and all that she’s accomplished.

As Kit tries to come to terms with the new possibilities of magic and her deep feelings for Grant, it’s clear that there is more to her than previously realized/known. This wonderfully thickens the plot. I can’t wait to see how all she’s learned unfolds in the next book.

Every conflict in book 2 was more suspenseful and dangerous than the last. The sea battles were exhilarating and tore at my emotions because Gerard always seemed one step ahead. The strength of the Diana (Kit’s ship) was considerably tested. The author does a great job making action scenes worthwhile.

In my review of book 1, one thing I had a problem with was that conflicts seemed to resolve too easily or were short-lived. That was thankfully not the case this time around, so I felt more invested in the journey and outcomes.

Book 2 was loads of fun for all its high volume of tension and angst. A small moment I liked a lot was when Kit and other characters were discussing their doubt that tiny, invisible (bacteria/germs, as we now know them) creatures made people sick or caused infections. It was just a light, humorous moment after a troubling battle.

I am truly enjoying this series and following along Captain Kit Brightling’s adventures. High seas stories are always entertaining. I can’t wait to read on!


More by Chloe Neill

Captain Kit Brightling
The Bright and Breaking Sea (#1)

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Waiting On Wednesday – July 14, 2021

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

This week I am waiting on the release of A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill.

I did enjoy book 1 – it was nearly a 5 star read! But to be honest, despite how highly action-packed the story was there weren’t any real challenges, failures, or setbacks for the main characters. So while I’m looking forward to reading A Swift and Savage Tide – one of my most anticipated 2021 sequels – I do have some minor apprehension.

I love Kit and that she’s a young, female Captain of her own ship in service to an equally strong Queendom in a male dominated world. Kit and Rian are so cute together. The slow burn of their romance is building exquisitely.

A Swift and Savage Tide is set to be released November 30, 2021.

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ABOUT: Captain Kit Brightling is Aligned to the magic of the sea, which makes her an invaluable asset to the Saxon Isles and its monarch, Queen Charlotte. The Isles and its allies will need every advantage they can get: Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent.

Gerard has no qualms about using dangerous magic to support his ambitions, so Kit and the crew of her ship, the Diana, are the natural choice to find him—and help stop him. Sparks fly when Kit’s path unexpectedly crosses with that of the dashing and handsome Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, who’s working undercover on the Continent in his own efforts to stop Gerard. But he’s not the only person Kit is surprised to see. An old enemy has arisen, and the power he’ll wield on Gerard’s behalf is beautiful and terrible. Sparks will fly and sails will flutter as Kit and crew are cast onto the seas of adventure to fight for queen and country.


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#PubDayTuesday: “The Bright and Breaking Sea”

Thanks again Berkley Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review!

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: https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/arc-review-the-bright-and-breaking-sea-by-chloe-neill/

 

 

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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.

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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.