Rating: 4 out of 5.

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 she touches that magic under the water.

Kit is ordered by the Queen to team up with Viscount Rian Grant, who is a soldier and a member of the Beau Monde, which is their society’s rich nobility. Born a foundling and raised in a home for girls, Kit has no love for members of the Beau Monde, but orders are orders. Grant is haunted by his service in the last war, and wants nothing more to do with fighting, but he must follow his Queen’s orders.

The duo are tasked with rescuing a captured spy that has gained intelligence on an emperor that was recently defeated and exiled. Kit and her crew set off on the rescue, as Kit and Grant try to learn to work and trust each other.

The action starts pretty quick in this book and the author sets a good pace. There is minimal worldbuilding, but there is enough to get a good sense of what’s going on. I like Kit. She’s self assured without coming off too cocky, and is able to put people in their place without sounding bitchy and petty. She’s earned the respect and loyalty of her crew, and would do anything and everything to make sure they come home safe from their mission.

Grant is mysterious, but not too gruff or grumpy, and is willing to give credit where credit is due. There is a little bit of chemistry between Grant and Kit, but luckily, the romance part of the book is very minimal and doesn’t detract too much from the action of the book.

One thing I liked is that the main storyline of this book is concluded at the end, but the book ends on a cliffhanger that extends the story. So, if you don’t want to continue on with the series (but I mean, why wouldn’t you want to do that?), you get a resolution of the main storyline. I enjoyed this book, and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.