Arc Review – The Bright and breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

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November 15, 2020 by ceresbooksworld

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

Book one in Captain Kit Birghtling series

Publisher : Berkley Books

Publication date : November 17th, 2020

Source : eArc from the publisher

Rating : 5 hearts


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’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….


Where to start, I loved finding Chloe Neill’s pen again, she’s going into a new register, no more vampires and no more faes. Here we are with Kit Brightling the Captain of a ship in the service of the Queen. She will have to solve mysteries, protect her crew, save a spy with the help of a viscount. There are also pirates, attacks on the sea, villains and treachery.

This first book sets up the story, we discover the characters, to which we quickly become attached.

Kit is a young girl who loves her job, she loves her crew, she knows how to lead it. She also knows how to stand up to other people who may criticize her, either because she is a woman or because she has an affinity with magic. I liked her character very much, she has a good repartee but she also knows how to recognize her wrongs.

Viscount Grant is a member of the Beau Monde, therefore Kit from the beginning doesn’t like him, she has a vision of the Beau Monde which is quite simple, they are all arrogant and contemptuous. However Grant will make her discover that there can be exceptions. He is charming, at least not at the beginning, but as they travel together, they will learn to trust and respect each other.

The secondary characters are very interesting too, whether it is Jin, Jane, Hetta or all the others. The story is interesting too and I can’t wait to read the next book to find out where Grant and Kit and the crew of the Diana will go. I can’t wait to finally meet the villain in the story and find out what the magic is going to do.

Chloe Neill’s style is always enjoyable, the romance develops slowly, the characters are endearing and the story promises to be a great adventure.

Quick Word: If you like stories that take place mainly on the seas, with pirates and adventure, this book is for you.


Par où commencer, j’ai adoré retrouver la plume de Chloe Neill, elle se lance dans un nouveau registre, fini les vampires et fini les faes. Nous voici en compagnie de Kit Brightling la Capitaine d’un vaisseau au service de la Reine. Elle va devoir résoudre des mystères, protéger son équipage, sauver un espion avec l’aide d’un vicomte. On y trouve aussi des pirates, des attaques sur la mer, des méchants et de la traitrise.

Ce premier tome met en place l’histoire, on découvre les personnages, auquel nous nous attachons très vite.

Kit est une jeune fille qui aime son métier, elle aime son équipage, elle sait le diriger. Elle sait aussi tenir tête aux autres personnes qui peuvent la critiquer, soit parce que c’est une femme, soit parce qu’elle a une affinité avec la magie. J’ai beaucoup aimé son caractère, elle a de la répartie mais elle sait aussi reconnaitre ses torts.

Le vicomte Grant est un membre du Beau Monde, par conséquent Kit dès le début ne l’aime pas, elle a une vision du Beau Monde qui est assez simple, Ils sont tous arrogants et méprisants. Cependant Grant va lui faire découvrir qu’il peut y avoir des exceptions. Il est charmant, enfin pas au début mais à force de voyager ensemble, ils vont apprendre à se faire confiance et à se respecter.

Les personnages secondaires sont très intéressants aussi, que ce soit Jin, Jane, Hetta ou bien tous les autres. L’histoire est elle aussi intéressante et j’ai hâte de lire le tome suivant afin de découvrir où Grant et Kit ainsi que l’équipage du Diana ira. J’ai hâte d’enfin rencontrer le méchant de l’histoire et découvrir ce que la magie va faire.

Le style de Chloe Neill est toujours aussi agréable, la romance se développe lentement, les personnages sont attachants et l’histoire promet de nous faire vivre de belles aventures.

En bref : Si vous aimez les histoires qui se passent principalement sur les mers, avec des pirates et de l’aventure, ce livre est fait pour vous.

About the author

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 boys–her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

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