Here we are again, I’ve really been treating you recently. Here is not one book review, but two! I’ve been able to share with you quite a lot of book reviews recently, I hope you’ve been enjoying them. I’m excited to share with you today’s books, I’ll be reviewing book one and two of the Cutlass Trilogy by Ashley Nixon, Cutlass and Flintlock. This review opportunity has been made possible by Lola’s Blog Tours.
Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read both of the book bios for background context.
Cutlass? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it. Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard. But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task – to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend.
Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.
Flintlock? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
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.
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.
First, let’s start with my review of Cutlass:
When I first read the synopsis I was definitely curious! OK it’s a little different from what I would normally read, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book based on pirates before. It definitely did not disappoint! I have seen mixed reviews on this one but actually, I did actually really enjoy it. When you think you know what is going to happen but actually doesn’t? That’s definitely what Cutlass does!
Each page left me wanting more, every page I turned, I was more and more addicted. Also the mixture of magic, elves and romance was a great combination! Like I definitely wasn’t expecting that. There’s so much packed inside, this definitely doesn’t spoil it, it’s hard to believe this is all just in one book. If you’ve read my book reviews before, you’ll know I love a good character.
That’s exactly what you get from Cutlass, all the characters are so strong but at the same time, they all have their own differences. With the characters going through so much, it keeps you wanting more, so you just continue reading. This is definitely not like any books I’ve read before! It’s different on a whole other scale. There are also some great twists and turns in this book, the outcome was always great.
Next up, let’s review Flintlock:
When I finished reading Cutlass, I was definitely excited to start Flintlock, I was glad I was able to read them back to back. Just like Cutlass, this one took me by surprise. At no point was I left feeling lost or confused, I really hate books where you don’t know what’s going on or it’s just everywhere. Ashley definitely continued the great job of Cutlass into Flintlock.
The same great characters were there and the locations as well, sometimes sequels can be completely different compared to the first book. The world building continued in this story, the story continued in a great way. I was totally engrossed, also coming back to the world building, because it was so good, Ashley did an amazing job with this. At some parts, it did feel like I was watching it on TV and not reading the book!
This book started with action and ended exactly the same, just beautiful. Thinking back, I don’t think there was a single slow part in the entire book. It was the perfect combination of action and romance, I really love when these two genres work together and this one definitely does that. Also there’s some fast-paced adventure moments chucked in there as well!
How about a little about the author, Ashley Nixon;
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. When she’s not writing, she’s watching Pride and Prejudice (1995 version), 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.
Please give some love to Ashley Nixon and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy Cutlass to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now! You can also buy Flintlock to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!
I hope you have enjoyed this little review! What are your
thoughts on these books?
Love Gemma x
*Thank you Lola’s Blog Tours for gifting me the Cutlass and Flintlock eBook, in return for an honest review. The featured image was sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.