Thursday, 9 June 2016

Flintlock by Ashley Nixon

Title: Flintlock
Series: Cutlass (#2)
Author: Ashley Nixon
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 26th April 2015
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain spoilers for Cutlass*

With his uncle the King having revealed his true colours, pirate Barren Reed wants to protect the Orient from him. But there is dark magic afoot and he has to carry secrets close to his chest, not even revealing them to Larkin, the woman he loves. As political players change and true colours are shown, Barren, Larkin and the rest of the crew have to constantly watch their backs...

Well that was a rollarcoaster and a half! Not even too sure where to start on downloading my thoughts! Flintlock was even more action packed than Cutlass was and definitely upped the ante in the fantasy department. The books definitely aren't stand alone, and though there are refreshers of the previous book's plot scattered around (as needed!) I think you definitely need to start this series at the beginning.

In the months since the first book the relationship between Larkin and Barren seemed to have evened out (without either of them losing any of who they were). They became a good team for the most part. But as the book progressed the two of them stuck to doing what they thought was right, even if that meant keeping secrets from the other and even doing things that could look bad. Ito worked to move the story along at a good pace as well as giving their characters more depth.

The back story of Barren's father (as well as Larkin's father and some of the other older characters) got more fleshed out in Flintlock, as did the lore surrounding the Lyrics (Elves with magic). It really added to the world that the book was set in and made reading such an immersive experience.

The main cast of characters didn't expand much, which I liked (though there were some new ones!). It meant that the reader spent the time getting to know the people who'd already been introduced better. Of the new characters, Sara is definitely my favourite, she's the right combination of woman and bravery (in a completely different way to Larkin!)

After all the twists and turns of book one I should really have expected some of the plot twists in Flintlock, and yet Nixon still took me by surprise on more than one occassion! Definitely a series worth reading so far!