Cutlass Trilogy

Cutlass Trilogy


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.


Praise for Cutlass:

“If you love pirate books and are looking for a high fantasy YA novel, I would definitely recommend Cutlass! Even if you aren't a fan of high fantasy, Cutlass is very approachable…Give Cutlass a chance, because the pirates are swoony and the plot exciting! Any fans of pirates will not want to miss this book!” – Ashley Ferguson at the A P Book Club

“This book was maybe not perfect, but close. It was phenomenal and just a wonderful story. I am actually quite happy I have no clue what is going to happen next in this trilogy, because I want to be surprised. I want to be awed by what this author can think up next for Barren and his crew.” – Kayla West, Journey with Books

“I love how as a reader, I thought I knew all the secrets until a new one popped up right in my face taking me by surprise. These little surprises kept me on my toes, and made me love Cutlass even more.” – Chandra Haun, Unabridged Bookshelf

“CUTLASS didn’t disappoint. It’s a rollicking, adventurous tale, centered around young pirate extraordinaire Barren Reed and his kidnappee (aka daughter of an important lord, aka his brother’s fiancée, aka his eventual love interest-ofcourse!) Larkin Lee.” – Nicole Singer at Write Me a World

“I thought the use of elves, magic in a story centered around a pirates was unique and clever, and the myth of the bloodstone was intriguing. And yes I admit it, I was totally in love with Barren by the end of the book.” – Lipsyy Lost & Found

“This really was a true epic adventure. It had every element to keep you glued to such a novel, if you enjoy this sort of plot. From sword fights, to romance, and even a few quite comedic moments, it was difficult to put down, and even more difficult not to enjoy.” – Lily at Bookluvrs Haven

​“Cutlass is the sort of book where you can never tell who all the bad guys are and betrayal, politics, and revealed secrets are constantly shaking the plot and causing problems for our hero and heroine.” – Ryan at Book Marks the Spot

“I thoroughly enjoyed this pirate and elf tale! With brilliant swordfighting, a few adventures that drew out the tension, betrayal on all sides, and a story that finally comes together showing what a tangled web was woven, this was a wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable read.” – Tiffany at A TiffyFit’s Reading Corner

"I could scream out the window to the neighbors, I also want to stop people on the street and tell them to read this book. I honestly think it was that good. – Michelle at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life

“I would highly recommend this book to everyone who’s looking for a great YA fantasy read. I can’t wait till the next book in this series gets released!” Elien from So Bookalicious!

​“I freaking loved it! I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series!” – Kendall at BookCrazy


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.


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!

"This book was bloody awesome. I really liked Cutlass, but Flintlock was Cutlass on crystal meth. AMPED UP and CRAZY!" - DJ, DJ's Book Corner