Jul 31, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: Flintlock (Cutlass #2) by @AshleymNixon

by Ashley Nixon

Series: Cutlass #2
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: eBook
Source: Provided by the Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review

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.

This book was bloody awesome. I really liked Cutlass, but Flintlock was Cutlass on crystal meth. AMPED UP and CRAZY!

There are too many characters to break down each one so let's just go with what we know, shall we? I really liked Barren in this book. In Cutlass, he was very immature and only guided by one thing–revenge. By Flintlock, he's had his revenge but encountered a whole new world of problems that make his problems seem small-time. But in all, he's smarter and dare I say, a bit sexier? He doesn't always make the right decision, but you see him at least try in this book and base his decisions on what's best for his crew and the whole of Mariana and not just for himself.

Not gonna lie, Larkin got on my damn nerves. I understand her actions throughout this book, but they still annoy me because they were still stupid decisions. I'm very interested to see how things progress for her and Barren and how she emerges from the situation she landed herself in by the end of this book. The next book is going to rock our socks off, I'm sure!

Another notable relationship I think is just adorable is the one between Cove and Sara. Just so cute. I had to say that.

The magic element was on super nova in Flintlock. In Cutlass, magic was this shadow of a thing that no one really knew much about or wanted to. In Flintlock, all of that has changed and magic is everywhere. I loved it. I can't speak too much on it without giving the plot away, but the way the author twisted this story around and gave it so much depth is fantastic. Not to mention the world-building which was amazing. Ashley writes really really great action scenes and those suckers are hard to write! So thumbs up there. I found my heart racing during each one and my eyes were glued to my Kindle because you seriously never knew what was going to happen next! Love, love!

Another great thing about this book is that there is more than one bad guy. I love when books give us competing antagonists...and secret heroes (hint, hint). But there is a "Game of Thrones" vibe in Flintlock (without the incest) which is really awesome. I loved that there was plenty of pirate action and no lack of murder and mayhem. Ah yes, just what the doctor ordered.

So if you were wondering whether you should get into this series, you most definitely should. From beginning to end, the fun never ends, and though the book ended kind of suddenly, I didn't feel as though I was cheated in any way. This is still a great sequel and I highly recommend it!

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See my 4-Star review of Cutlass!

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