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The Bright and Breaking Sea

(Captain Kit Brightling #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  878 ratings  ·  242 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
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published 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: arc, ebook-owned
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.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun translation of the Regency/Napoleonic naval genre into a more magical universe. The magic system has some interesting aspects and I can see a climate fiction / industrial revolution / global warming angle coming down the line. The gender politics is less successful; the author chooses to keep strong elements of misogyny present in the culture even when women have been able to rise to major roles in very socially conservative organizations (like the home office or the Navy!); it seems ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Kit Brightling is one of the few women captains in the Queen's Navy, and one of the youngest due to her prowess in battle and her magical abilities. Her true abilities, however, are kept secret, until she's assigned on a rescue mission alongside Rian Grant, a viscount and veteran of the Continental war. Kit never asked to work alongside Rian, but they definitely have chemistry...

Solidly entertaining, however I was annoyed by the lackluster (and tbh, kinda lazy) worldbuilding and the fumbling rom
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

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I really enjoyed this first book in a new fantasy series. It's a quick and easy read, and there is plenty of action, magic, fighting, fast ships and has just a hint of romance.

Kit Brightling is a young female that quickly rose through the ranks of the Queen's Navy and is one of it's few female captains. Her ship is small, but fast, and its' work is aided by her magical affinity to the sea, which allows her to speed the ship up when
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kit Brightling was rescued and raised as a foundling at Brightling House; a home for talented girls. Kit has a magical affinity to the sea that allows her to connect and manipulate the waters. She moved her way up the ranks of the Isles’ Crown Command and now is a captain in Queen Charlotte’s fleet.

We learn about the history of the Isles, destruction wrought by magic and the exile of the former King. It flabbergasts her when the Queen demands that she and Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe; a vet
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Tantor Audio. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 hearts

The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first book in a new series blending a slice of romance with a Napoleonic War type story set in a world with magic.  Now I, for one, am usually not a huge fan of Napoleonic War stories with all the naval battles and such, but this was a surprisingly fun adventure.

Kit is a woman with a
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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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 capt
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bright and Breaking Sea is a swashbuckling adventure with magic, intrigue, danger, spies, a female captain, and bit of romance! It's a very fun book and is perfect if you are looking for a more light-hearted read.

Kit Brightling is a foundling raised to serve the crown. Her water-aligned magic and savvy at sea have earned her position as captain, as well as her super secret position in the queen's service as a spy. She wants nothing more than to sail her ship, certainly not settle down in a
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Well, that was a boatload of fun! I was very excited to pick up The Bright and Breaking Sea 1) THAT COVER 2) a lady captain 3) historical fiction goodness! Plus, it came highly recommended from a close friend, so I wasn't going to resist. As expected, this book was very entertaining and a lot of that had to do with the endearing protagonist, Kit. Kit has worked up her way through the ranks and plays an important role to the Queen. Her latest orders have her teaming up with Rian Grant, an intense
Kendra Cusworth
5 stars

I love this book. I went in expecting a good time and came out with a new favourite. Its filled with swashbuckling action, interesting magic, a brilliant historical fantasy setting, and a little taste a of a perfect romance.

Kit Brightling, a young female captain, is given a new mission by the queen herself. She must team up with Colonel Rian Grant to rescue a spy and gain the information he has found out.
But Kit and Rian are two extremely different people. Kit , who has a magical ability
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
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
I'm about fifty-fifty with this book. I liked the action, the fighting, and the start of romance, but there were some slow parts and I wasn't always sure what direction the story was going. Kit is a cool character, she's strong and independent and people underestimate her which she uses to her advantage. I liked that she cared about her family and crew and made sure they were safe.

The romance was not quite enemies to lovers, but Kit and Grant definitely didn't get along at first. He slowly star
Anne - Books of My Heart
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7arcs, 2020, coyer
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 hearts

I am fond of this author's work but the description of this new series, Captain Kit Brightling , didn't really appeal to me. Wow, was I wrong.  Still, it took me a bit to get started on reading (as is often the case this year), but I was drawn into story quickly.

Bright and Breaking Sea has so many things I lo
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this first in a new fantasy series. Pirates, magic, spies, adventure, who could ask for more? I listened the audiobook and I really enjoyed the narrator a lot. Kit Brighling is a foundling, unaware of her own history, who was found and raised by a woman who recognized her strengths including having an affinity to water. She’s now a captain in the Queen’s navy and given a secret mission the only complication is being paired with a Vicount, one of the elite. Their adventures are f ...more
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so when I tell you I was beyond excited to dive into The Bright and Breaking Sea just know that I meant it. Unfortunately, for me, it started off so freaking slow. I was honestly so bored for half of this book. Then it was like a snap of a finger happening and I started enjoying everything that was happening.

I can't even blame work for being so bored while listening to everything that was happening in this book. It ju
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved "The Bright and Breaking Sea"! A delightful high seas adventure set in an alternate world version of Napoleonic times where magic exists (naturally) and some are more sensitive to it than others (naturally). We follow Captain Kit Brightling, a young captain who is frequently sent on secret missions for the queen.

Being a Chloe Neill book there's also a healthy dash of romance thrown in for good measure but for those who don't seek that sort of story out, not to worry, it won't ruin your s
Electriss ★BookishGamer★
DNF @ 43%
Sadly the begining didn't really grab my attention and this audiobook ended up turning into background noise. I am willing to try picking it up again in the future!
Beatrice in Bookland
“The world is becoming dangerous again,” she said. “Be as careful as you can.”
“The world has always been dangerous,” Kit said. “But some are better at hiding it."

This book's amount of wasted potential kinda hurts
Bright Star
The Bright and Breaking Sea was a quick and enjoyable reading. I adored the characters, especially our Captain Kit and her banters with Grant, but there were some flaws in this story. The pacing was too fast sometimes and the missions were too easy to accomplish. In addition to that, the magic system wasn't deeply explored and explained, which left me a little bit disappointed. It wasn't the book of the year but it's perfect if you want to spend some time relaxing and having fun. ...more
***4.5 *I Try to be Mysterious at Least Thrice a Day. It Keeps the Blood Moving’ Stars***

This was a fun high seas romp with a good dose of mystery/suspense and filled with a ton of characters I want to spend a lot more time with!

I loved Kit. She’s strong, loyal, determined and simply a good person. She isn’t one to overreact, but she has her moments where doing the right thing may get her into a bit of a kerfuffle ~ depending on whose POV one is looking at. I loved that she was absolutely co
A fun series starter, Chloe Neill delivers adventures on the high sea with a storyline that draws inspiration straight from the Napoleonic wars. Magical and fun with just a touch of enemies-to-lovers romance, this is yet another of Neill’s series that’s going straight to my favorites shelf.

In THE BRIGHT AND BREAKING SEA, readers are introduced to Kit Brightling, Captain of the Diana. Kit has been tasked by the Queen to rescue one of her spies. She’s also (unfortunately) tasked with working along
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


The Bright and Breaking Sea is the first installment in author Chloe Neill's Captain Kit Brightling series. Set in a Napoleonic-like era, the story begins in the year 1812 with Gerard Rousseau, Emperor of Gallia, trying to take control over an entire continent. It is the first time we are introduced to key characters Rian Grant a Sutherland officer observing Gerard's troop movements, as well as Lieutenant Kit Brightling. Kit is Aligned with
An intriguing start to a brand new series by Chloe Neill full of sailors, captains, strange new magic, the sea, and roguish yet fancy love interests.

Kit Brightly is a clever woman who is the captain of her own ship. She deals with misogyny from other captains with style, and is willing to go to the end of the world for her crew. She also has strong ties to the woman who raised her, along with her six other sisters. The Bright and Breaking Sea is set in an alternate reality in which women seem to
Kathy Davie
First in the Captain Kit Brightling fantasy alternate history series and revolving around a valued female captain in Her Royal Highness' Navy. It's three years after the war.

My Take
Sarcasm, snark, and magic...oh, yeah, baby! Neill makes use of Napoleon and his dreams of conquering Europe and gives it a magical twist.

This is so very different — even with the magic *grin* — from Neill's other series, Chicagoland Vampires and Devil's Isle. The Bright and Breaking Sea reminds me more of Naomi Novik

Title: The Bright and Breaking Sea
Series: Captain Kit Brightling #1
Author: Chloe Neill
Release date: November 17, 2020
Cliffhanger: yes
Genre: fantasy

“The world is becoming dangerous again,” she said. “Be as careful as you can.” “The world has always been dangerous,” Kit said. “But some are better at hiding it."

Believe it or not, this is my very first read by Chloe Neill! I'm ashamed to admit that considering how long she's been on my radar and TBR. In The Bright and Breaking Sea, she has created
Joanna Bennett
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-copy to review!

I’m going to start this off by saying that this is a case of “it’s me, not you.” and although there were good parts to this book, it just wasn’t a book I overly enjoyed.

At the beginning, a man named Gerard is introduced. There isn’t much context given but it was enough to entice me. From there, Kit is introduced and she is a pretty interesting character.

Kit is the captain of a ship that is employed to the queen. It’s a pretty nift
There's nothing wrong with The Bright and Breaking Sea. It features complex (yet familiar) world building, that brings to mind the Napoleonic Wars in a world where magic exists. Kit was also a trail blazing characters, a woman who has a successful career and has no desire to give it up.

Despite the world building and interesting main character, I found myself forcing myself to finish each chapter and ultimately decided to call it quits. For me, I felt that I was being told that the characters we
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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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