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Bright and Breaking Sea, The: 1 (A Captain Kit Brightling Novel) (vuoden 2020 painos)

Tekijä: Chloe Neill (Tekijä)

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"Chloe Neill brings her trademark wit and wild sense of adventure to this 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'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...."--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Bright and Breaking Sea, The: 1 (A Captain Kit Brightling Novel)
Kirjailijat:Chloe Neill (Tekijä)
Info:Berkley - Us (2020), 368 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 14) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Slow to start, with a lot of backstory glossed over; on the younger side of young adult. Not going to finish.
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
The strongest aspect of "The Bright and Breaking Sea" was the overall seafaring fun of the story- it felt like a book that took place in the world of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, all full of sailing adventures and double-crossing and quirky, if ultimately disposable, side characters. In general I also liked the magic system and the idea of being Aligned to a certain element (although I'm just a sucker for elemental stuff) but the system was fairly underdeveloped and lacked explanation. The actual plot was amusing but also predictable, and I don't think there was a single plot twist I was surprised by. The last third of the book was also a bit of a fumble and felt anticlimactic; Neill attempts to wrap up a handful of plot threads and deliver big, splashy finale scenes, yet everything fell a bit flat. All in all, it was fun enough to read, just underdeveloped! I would probably read a sequel but would definitely be hoping for deeper development and more exciting writing. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
**spoiler alert** The Bright and Breaking Sea is a pirate/spy story and very different from the Chicagoland series. We meet Kit Brightling, a member of the Crown Command as the Captain of The Diana. The Queen sends her on secret missions, but mostly to the public eye she is seen as a courier. Kit is aligned with the sea meaning she is able to magically manipulate the water and current to help sail. We even meet a few of the crew who have the same power but with land and wind. It’s an interesting magic system.

When the Queen believes there are traitors in the Crown Command and a man goes missing she assigns Kit and Colonel Rian Grant to the case. As a member of the Beau Monde, Kit at first does not like him and vice versa. It’s interesting to see the two work together despite not liking each other (at least at first) and learn to respect each other. There isn’t a lot of romance, but It will probably be seen in the next book. It’s a relationship definitely built on respect, and that’s awesome.

We get to meet a lot of characters all with their own interesting stories including some of her adopted sisters. Her sister Jane is into inventions and makes explosives, and Kit’s second in command, Jin, is a master thief. It’s a fun array of characters. I like the story and by the middle of the book it was full of action and adventure.

Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  AndSkye | Aug 23, 2022 |
The overthrown King of Gallia is seeking to return to power and manipulating magic to do so, so it’s up to Captain Kit Brightling of the Queen’s Own and Colonel Rian Grant to stop him.

I never thought a fantasy focused on the seas could be as interesting as riding a horse across a continent until I read RJ Barker’s The Bone Ships last year. Since then, I haven’t seen too many, so I was quick to request it when I saw it on Netgalley. As someone who easily gets seasick, this is really the only way I can enjoy a sea adventure, so I was so excited to be approved. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but I thought it was a pleasant surprise.

The Plot: A Fun Fantasy Full of Adventure
The Bright and Breaking Sea is a fantastical retelling of Napoleon’s escape from Elba. It pits England against France, with a Guild thrown in for good measure.

Captain Kit Brightling, a young woman in the Queen’s Own who is also Aligned to the sea, is more than a mere courier, but her role is closely guarded by the Crown. Because of her unique abilities and the true nature of her job for the Queen, she’s perfectly suited for extracting a captured spy, but she must do so alongside a member of the Beau Monde. Colonel Rian Grant was present when the King of Gallia was defeated, and it wasn’t a pretty battle. But he’ll do anything for the man who literally saved his life, even if it means sailing with a woman he doesn’t think much of right into pirate territory. It’s just the start of their partnership, and the Queen’s never ending missions to protect the world from the King of Gallia’s return.

A fluffy fantasy. A delightful fluffy fantasy. I expected The Bright and Breaking Sea to be more along the lines of the complex and complicated fantasies I’ve been reading lately with overladen story lines and almost too much going on, while also full of crusty old sailors. Instead, this novel presented a fairly straightforward and more simplistic story with some slight complexities thrown in for good measure. It turned out to be a lovely break, but by no means didn’t deliver on the story. It was fun and chock full of adventure. There was a good dose of intrigue and a streak of romance. It was a wonderful story of two very different people learning to work together and truly become partners.

The most fascinating thing was that this book reminded me of the sea adventure I enjoyed in RJ Barker’s The Bone Ships and also made me think of Jane Austen’s novels. Since I adore both, I found that this story completely worked for me. There was so much adventure, one thing after another, that I did sometimes wonder where it was going and how it was tied together, but the partnership between Kit and Grant was fascinating and I loved how it oscillated between the adventure and the elements more likely to be found in a Regency novel.

The Characters: Perfectly Tailored to the Story
The Bright and Breaking Sea follows the adventures of Kit Brightling and Rian Grant. Initially unwelcoming to each other, they each brought something to every one of their adventures, and made the novel that much more fun.

I really liked Kit. She’s a tomboy with an appreciation for the finer things in life, who enjoys a good trashy novel while not hesitating to throw a knife at an enemy. I wanted her to be a fierce sea captain, someone with a sharp temper who strode around the deck barking orders, but she surprised me by being remarkably practical and feminine with a fierce loyalty to the sea, the crown, and her crew. I adored her and just how smart she was and how well it worked for the story being told.

Rian Grant felt like a storm cloud held at bay next to her. He’s appropriately dark and brooding, bristling under the idea of sharing command with a mere female courier. But he’s a good man with an unshakable loyalty to those he owes it to, which drives him in everything he does. While I wish he and Kit had been at each other’s throats a little more and a little longer, watching them try so hard to deal coldly with each other and asserting control over the situation, I did like that both of them are a bit softer around the edges, that they proved to be an insanely perfect pair.

The Setting: On Sea and On Land
As an historical fantasy, The Bright and Breaking Sea is set during the time of Napoleon, a fictional one, mostly on the seas between Britain and France. Though, of course, they’re fictional versions of Britain and France. As a big fan of novels like War and Peace, Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Jane Austen’s novels, it felt both comforting and different. I loved how it was so familiar, but also had touches unique to fantasy and to the novel.

Like the pirates. I’ve read mentions of pirates during that time period, but the pirates in The Bright and Breaking Sea were so much more interesting, and I loved getting a look into their stronghold. Then there was the home for foundling girls that sounded like a lovely and fun place to grow up in. Run by a forward thinking woman with strong ties to the Crown, she let the girls she raised find their own feet and their own interests, making for a lively home.

And then there’s the sea and Kit’s ship. As some who easily gets seasick, this is the best way for me to enjoy a seafaring adventure. I have no real, clear idea of what ships actually look like, but I enjoyed imagining being on the deck and seeing only sea for miles and miles. I wish there had been more sea in this book, but it ended up being a lovely split between land and sea.

The whole world felt like it sprung from reality and then was given a twist of magic. It was familiar, so the author didn’t have to go into large digressions to world build. But it was also different with it’s own flavor in such a way that I can’t wait to return and get to know it better.

Overall: Surprisingly Fun
Initially, I was disappointed The Bright and Breaking Sea wasn’t more along the lines of the fantasy I’ve read all year. As I kept reading, though, I couldn’t help feeling delighted. It was very different from what I expected, but in a good way. It managed to blend two things I love to present an extraordinarily fun fantasy that somehow absolutely worked. It turned out to be an easy read, though I did wonder at first where the story was going. But the groundwork has been laid and now I find myself eager to find out what happens next.

Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for a review copy. All opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  The_Lily_Cafe | May 29, 2022 |
I really wanted to enjoy this book and I think if I had read it I would have. However this is the third time I’ve tried to listen to the audiobook. I’ve gotten farther than ever before, 3 1/2 hours in, but here I am the next day and I can’t tell you what happened in that 3 1/2 hours. There’s a captain who’s young, does water magic, and she’s very good at her job. But since were in historical fantastic environment women don’t normally do jobs like that, and that’s a problem. There are other characters mentioned like a girl walking around town and it’s pretty sad that in 3 1/2 hours that’s all I can remember. It’s not the book, I fully believe it’s me and the audiobook. I think if I was reading this book I would better understand and get everything that’s going on. I didn’t think the reader was soothing and maybe that’s why I didn’t pay attention who knows. I still think this book is worth checking out even though the audiobook didn’t do it for me. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | May 27, 2022 |
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"Chloe Neill brings her trademark wit and wild sense of adventure to this 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'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...."--

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