Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Flintlock is the second book in the Cutlass Trilogy. It continues Barren and his crew's story.

Barren Reed hopes to protect the Orient from his tyrant uncle, but his plans to make the King’s life a living hell aren’t supported by the Elders of the pirate community. As it stands, Barren has earned the Elders’ disdain for his carelessness, and they threaten him into exile if he makes one more mistake.

Barren’s not the only one feeling the Elders’ wrath—they don’t trust Larkin either. Worse, Barren can’t comprehend Larkin’s wish to have a relationship with her father, and the secrets she’s forced to keep create a tension that may pull them apart forever.

When the Pirates of Silver Crest begin to die, bullets laced with dark magic are to blame. With more and more of these weapons infiltrating the Underground, discovering who’s behind the dissemination is no easy feat. As fear and tension mount among the people of the Orient, Barren and his crew find themselves in a race against time to stop the spread of dark magic before the world of Mariana spirals into collapse.

Pirate captain Barren Reed and (former Lady) Larkin Lee find their relationship and world is getting ever more...complex. Mariana is rife with political upheaval among men and elves (not to mention various people who can use magic). Barren and his crew go through many battles and conflicts (this is not just a pirate story with one or two big moments). As the story unfolds, heartstrings can't help but tug at the braveness of their friends Cove and Leaf. The many villains of this story are determined, for whatever their personal agenda is, to quickly spread dark magic throughout Mariana. Despite many codes and allegiances, it's still a guessing game as to where loyalties lie or how deep they will extend.

My rating:  5 out of  5 stars. Each chapter's ending significantly influenced the rest of the story (mark of a good writer). The middle book of a series and I can't wait for the third. :-)

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Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren't used as much as she'd like. She has a Bachelor's in English Writing and a Master's in Library Science and Information Technology. When she's not writing she's either working out or pretending she's Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she's loved everything Fantasy--resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the 'geek' tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.
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Ashley Nixon said...

Thank you so much for your review! <3


Thank you for an enjoyable read! I look forward to following this assortment of characters in the next book.


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