Burning Bright by Melissa McShane
Genres/Themes: Adult, Fantasy, Pirates, Historical Fiction, Magic
*I received this book from Curiosity Quills in exchange for a honest review*
I really enjoyed this book.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
In 1812, Elinor Pembroke wakes to find her bedchamber in flames—and extinguishes them with a thought. At 21, she is old to manifest magical talent, but the evidence is unmistakable: she not only has the ability to start fires, but the far more powerful ability to control and extinguish them. She is an Extraordinary, and the only one in England capable of wielding fire in over one hundred years.
As an Extraordinary, she is respected and feared, but to her father, she represents power and prestige for himself. Mr. Pembroke, having spent his life studying magic, is determined to control Elinor and her talent by forcing her to marry where he chooses, a marriage that will produce even more powerful offspring. Trapped between the choices of a loveless marriage or living penniless and dependent on her parents, Elinor takes a third path: she defies tradition and society to join the Royal Navy.
Assigned to serve under Captain Miles Ramsay aboard the frigate Athena, she turns her fiery talent on England’s enemies, French privateers and vicious pirates preying on English ships in the Caribbean. At first feared by her shipmates, a growing number of victories make her truly part of Athena’s crew and bring her joy in her fire. But as her power grows and changes in unexpected ways, Elinor’s ability to control it is challenged. She may have the power to destroy her enemies utterly—but could it be at the cost of her own life?
I love books about pirates or being out on the sea and when you add fantasy to the mix, I’m definitely going to read it! I was not disappointed.
There was mystery, subtly building romance, magic, action, and clever insults. There are dashes of realism and I’m not talking about historical accuracy because I’d have no idea but, there is death and injury of characters, some I came to really like.
The characters were full of life. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the characters- even those where there was hate or dislike. I thought everyone was written well.
My only annoyance came from how wordy things could get. Again, this could be just something I have a probably with. I often find books to be too wordy and drawn out.
I do recommend this book! If you like old time stories about people on ships fighting pirates, you should read this especially if you like a touch of magic~