Series: Extraordinaries, #1
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance
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I loved how strong the heroine, Elinor is and how she fights throughout this novel. Elinor has never been of any significance in her family, until, at a late age she suddenly manifests a talent and an extraordinary one that. This suddenly makes her special, and valuable. Elinor's father is determined to control her future for his own benefit and vanity, but Elinor takes her life back into her own hands and joins the Navy.
That's when this story really picks up, as Elinor embarks on a journey that is anything but what a respectable woman should embark on. She is assigned to Captain Ramsay's vessel to help fight pirates and protect shipping routes and I was riveted by the life aboard ship and the many obstacles Elinor faces as a woman on a ship and as a solider of sorts, the politics and prejudices being one of those obstacles. I was also invested in her relationship with Ramsey, which wasn't very romantic but was still one that intrigued me until it blossomed into a romance at the very end. One which was natural and made me smile.
What most impressed me is how hard Elinor fights to prove herself, to stay alive, to assert some power over her own life and how she never gives up. She's smart and has a will of steel, and I liked seeing how hard she and with what cunning she fought some of these battles. And when it was time to fight with fire, well, Elinor's talent certainly made for heart pounding reading.
The prose was polished, the world a blend of historical fact and fantasy and a very refreshing setting. I have no idea what the future novels will be like, but I'm eager to find out and can honestly say, Burning Bright was everything I had hoped it would be, and more.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.