Review – The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

Posted November 17, 2020 by Carole in 2020 Audiobook Challenge, 2020 New Release Challenge, Audiobook, Book Reviews / 9 Comments

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Date Read: November 14, 2020
Length: 10 hours 55 minutes
Source: NetGalley

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 . . .

My Review
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 captain of a ship in the Isle Queen’s Command.  The Queen decides to send Kit’s ship on a mission to rescue a man being held captive.  The Queen doesn’t send her alone, instead, she sends Grant, a titled man who has served in the war, along on the mission.  These two don’t see eye to eye at the start but I did enjoy watching them learn to work together and eventually trust each other.  
I really liked all of the characters in this book.  It was great getting to really know both Kit and Grant through the connections in their life, their actions, and their history.  It was really powerful to see Kit do things that made it clear that she cared about those on her ship.  The crew on the ship were great characters as well and I liked how they all seemed dedicated to working together.  Grant had to balance the demands of home with his orders from the Queen and I liked the way he took his responsibilities very seriously.
This book was exciting.  There are some pretty intense scenes that had me quite worried about the characters.  I also really liked the politics that were a part of the story, especially the challenges that Kit faced because of her gender.  I was pretty excited to find that there was a bit of magic worked into the story and I thought it was a nice touch.  I thought that the quieter parts of the book that focused on relationships were well done and helped to balance the story.
Danielle Cohen did a great job with the narration of this book.  I thought that the accent that she used was perfect for the story.  I thought that all of the character voices that she used were very well done and I thought that she was able to add a lot of excitement to the story through her reading.  I found myself wanting to listen to this book for hours at a time and I believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.
I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a fun story filled with great characters and a lot of surprises.  I definitely plan to read more of Chloe Neill’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from Tantor Audio via NetGalley.

About the Author

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels (Blade Bound, Midnight Marked, House Rules), the Dark Elite novels (Charmfall, Hexbound, Firespell), and the Devil’s Isle Novels (The Hunt, The Sight, The Veil).

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9 responses to “Review – The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

  1. I want to read this because of who the author is, but admit I was feeling a little nervous about it. I am so glad to see you liked it, Carole. I look forward to reading this one.

  2. I didn't like the sound of the blurb for some reason but I am very picky this year anyway. I've always enjoyed this author so I read this one and loved it. Excellent review, Carole!

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  3. It sounds like an exciting adventure! You definitely piqued my curiosity with this one, Carole, I'll have to add it to my list 😀

  4. I've never really taken to this author personally but I hope you continue to enjoy her work. Life would be dull if we all had the same taste in books after all!