Monday, May 25, 2015



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.

Early Praise for FLINTLOCK: 

“If you enjoy YA fantasy, you definitely need this series in your hands right now. Especially if you like YA fantasy with well-rounded characters, gorgeous writing, some of the best world-building I've read, and an exciting plot.” – Ashley, The AP Book Club

"After reading CUTLASS, I couldn’t wait to see where Ashley Nixon took the series. With the release of FLINTLOCK, the answer is: bigger, broader and even more fun! The book grows seamlessly into the full scope and vibrancy of Nixon’s world. The stakes are higher, the stage is wider, and the friendships we came to love in CUTLASS are tested in new and devious ways. Nixon balances the allure of ships, sailing and pirate battles with a growing threat of magic and the politics of both the mortal and immortal worlds. I will definitely be back for Book 3!" – Nicole Singer, Write Me A World

"Well done, Ashley, Well done! I can’t recommend this series enough for Young Adults and Adults, if you want something different with a strong handsome male, kick ass female and an amazing fantasy story, this is totally the book for you." – Michelle, Because Reading is Better Than Real Life 

"I enjoyed Flintlock immensely. Everything Ashley wrote fitted perfectly together, the characters, the world… Everything was just perfect. To top it all of Ashley her writing style is really addictive and I found it impossible to put this book down. I would highly recommend this book and it’s prequel to everyone. Especially if you are a fan of Young Adult fantasy than this is a series that you have to read." – Elien, So Bookalicious!


Some Thoughts:

I can say with absolute certainty that I love this book and I am SO proud of this book. I can't explain how proud I am of where the story went, or how fascinating I find Barre, Larkin, Cove, and Leaf's journeys. 

I'm so glad that I was able to write something like CUTLASS and FLINTLOCK. I can't wait for you guys to read these books. I hope you love them as much as I do!



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