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The Bright and Breaking Sea

(Captain Kit Brightling #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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
Expected publication: November 17th 2020 by Berkley
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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
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
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 ...more
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.
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
Joanna Bennett
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
RTC closer to publication date.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-copy to review!
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A jolly fun tale of high seas adventure when a young captain and a war hardened viscount must band together to stop a traitor from leading them back into war.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I finished! This is truly a feat in this here 2020.

For the most part, this is a solid book. But wow, there was simply not enough romance to balance out the sheer quantity of naval maneuvering. I saw Lady Captain and got all excited, but eventually remembered that I don't like boats!
I spent most of the book trying to focus on the characters and the political intrigue, both of which are great, but it took me a lonnnnnngggg time because the action wasn't there for me. Back in 2013, I was ready and
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, arc, 2020
**ARC provided by the publisher for review consideration**

This was such a fun book- get ready for some competency porn, as our lead Kit is good at what she does and isn't afraid to show it. Our setting is similar to Napoleonic times, with an exiled emperor attempting to regain power. Kit is an accomplished Captain, with a magical affinity to the sea- while most believe she sails a mere courier ship she is, in fact, running delicate missions for the Queen. Her banter with Grant, a Viscount and Co
fun. low stakes. Great for the casual fantasy reader.
Amanda Karsh
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping prejudice packed slow burn Star crossed love story, Battering the inner daemons got a bit old but did develop character.
Rose Miller
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best books sweep the reader away to a new fascinating world and that is exactly what this book did for me. Magic, a strong female character, a man who doubts her magic, and life at sea all combine to make this a memorable tale. Kit Brightling has talents many don't understand, including Rian Grant, but he has to work with her at the Queen's request. Rian is a soldier who puts little faith in things he can't explain until he meets Kit. I loved the story, the relationship between Kit and Rian, ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think a book about sailors would be my thing but I devoured it! If Jane Austen's characters were more sarcastic and tossed to sea to captain a ship. Oh, and magic. So good! ❤❤❤❤❤
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book SO MUCH and cannot wait for you historical romance / fantasy fans to get your hands on this!!!!
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The following book contains language and mild violence

The Bright and Breaking Sea and I did not get off to a good start. The prologue, which jumped from person-to-person-to-person, felt disjointed and slightly confusing. Then, a bunch of names and titles were thrown at me before I’d decided how much brain power I was committing to this book. (It’s a personal pet peeve of mine, so I found this especially offensive.) I saw a few awkward sentences and thought reading this was going to be a long, ar
Jordan Lynch
I've read various books by Chloe Neill before, and The Bright and Breaking Sea is quite unlike anything she's ever written! I wasn't exactly sure what to expect going in to this book other than sailing, magic, and a feisty female lead, and I got all those things and more and had a blast while reading about them!

The Bright and Breaking Sea is the story of Kit Brightling, former foundling and current captain extraordinaire. Kit is exactly the heroine I was looking for. She's intelligent, she's sar
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of The Bright and Breaking Sea in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Chloe Neill's newest series is here, and I couldn't be more excited about it! The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first novel in the Captain Kit Brightling series, and I hope it lasts a good long while.

Kit Brightling is a woman of extraordinary skill and confidence. That is how she became a captain of her own ship in Queen Charlotte's fleet. Kit is more than a Captain, however. She's a spy, a soldier, an
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to admit, I wasn’t hooked right away on this one. After reading a couple of chapters one morning I put it down for a couple of weeks without really having a drive to pick it back up. It opened with action right away which I usually like, but switched between a few perspectives without really giving me an idea of who the characters were or why I should I care.

Kathy Martin
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
[ Actual Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars ]

Thank you Berkley Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and 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 off
✨ Kit ✨
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

The setting of an alternate fantasy version of 1815's Europe during the Napoleonic war is so smart and original! Because it is a familiar setting and history, even with new names for cities and people, the plot will be easy to follow for those who aren't generally fantasy readers. This reads just as much like historical fiction as fantasy; just with that little breath of magic to make it that much more special. Wi
Katelyn Karkaroff
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good pirate book, so when I read the premise of this book I had to read it! Also, you can never go wrong with a book that has a strong female lead, and this one didn’t disappoint!

Our heroine, Kit works hard, rising through the ranks to become a Captain in the Queen’s fleet. She is sent on a mission with Rian, a Viscount and war veteran. I absolutely loved the characters in this book, they really compliment each other and are well rounded which make’s for an amazing story! We do have a b
Nicole (FearYourEx)
4.5/5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley and Berkeley Publishing for the early review copy!

The Bright and Breaking Sea was my first Chloe Neill book and I am definitely going to be reading more.

This book follows Captain Kit Brightling, a foundling, that has raised up the ranks and is now a Captain that works for the Queen. Kit Brightling kind of reminds me of Lila Bard from ADSOM, but not 100%. She gets paired with Rian Grant, a viscount, for a mission that is different than her usual missions. There'
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It has so many delicious ingredients for me.

Kit is a captain for the Queen Charlotte's navy. Her affinity for water magic makes her in charge of helping the top secret affairs of the country. She ends up helping Lord Rian in a rescue mission. This mission opens up a danger from a vanquished enemy.

I love books that take place during the Age of Sails and having a female captain makes it even better. The world is reminiscent of Georgian time but with just enough differences to m
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books-read
I really enjoyed this book! I was expecting just a sea fairing alternate history adventure. I got the sea fairing adventure, a touch of magic, spies, interesting characters, a slow burn romance...
I’d been reading all the galley books I got access to mostly in publication date order. If I’d known this one was going to be such a fun read I’d have bumped it up my list a bit!
It is a fairly light read so pick it up on a day you need an enjoyable escape. I don’t think it’s being marketed as YA but it
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
nick (the infinite limits of love)


- 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.

New series from an excellent author! I liked this one. It is very different from her other works, but a refreshing change.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun and charming!
Laurie Covington
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
A new series with pirates and magic. Kit is sent by the Queen to investigate along with a viscount. ARC from NetGalley.
Lisa | Lady_Logomancer
Super interesting concept, I loved Kit as a strong female lead but I just couldn’t get into the story. Would recommend for anyone who likes magic, military tacticians and swashbuckling adventures.
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Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Heirs of Chicagoland, Chicagoland Vampires Novels, Devil's Isle Novels, and Dark Elite novels. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her ...more

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