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A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill
Series: Captain Kit Brightling #2
Published by Berkley on November 30, 2021
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
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Captain Kit Brightling is Aligned to the magic of the sea, which makes her an invaluable asset to the Saxon Isles and its monarch, Queen Charlotte. The Isles and its allies will need every advantage they can get: Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent.
Gerard has no qualms about using dangerous magic to support his ambitions, so Kit and the crew of her ship, the Diana, are the natural choice to find him—and help stop him. Sparks fly when Kit's path unexpectedly crosses with that of the dashing and handsome Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, who's working undercover on the Continent in his own efforts to stop Gerard. But he's not the only person Kit is surprised to see. An old enemy has arisen, and the power he'll wield on Gerard's behalf is beautiful and terrible. Sparks will fly and sails will flutter as Kit and crew are cast onto the seas of adventure to fight for queen and country.
The Captain Kit Brightling series took me by surprise initially with The Bright and Breaking Sea last year. I loved the historical feeling fantasy world set with a navy and island kingdoms. There definitely was a strong class system with a misogynistic bent. Yet Kit is talented enough she succeeded and got her own ship to command. There was a depth in building of her character, her family members, her work for the Queen and her co-workers. We only learned a bit about the magic system and some enemies of the crown.
In A Swift and Savage Tide, there is much less world and character building overall. Most of the time is spent at sea, fighting battles and collecting intelligence. The enemies are trying to rebuild with a new plan. There is plenty of action and danger. Kit and her crew, as well as Grant, are all very skilled but there is still much danger. There are a few additional layers to the story besides this main task, including a fortune-teller and pirates.
Kit does use her magic from being aligned to water more. She also starts to learn more about it. Magic is illegal because of the huge destruction caused in the previous war. But with a new war, they need all the tools available. Kit tries to learn more from others and also works with it a bit herself as she can.
Another exciting thread is the personal relationship devloping between Kit and Grant. They started out as distrustful co-workers of a sort, and now work well together, supporting and trusting each other. What will this mean in their personal lives?
I can hardly wait for more of this world with its exciting adventures, to learn more about the magic systems and see how Kit and Grant navigate their personal side. The humor is the cherry on top.
“Good. I need a break from the Pig & Pheasant, if I may be so bold.”
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