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.
I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher from the author for purposes of review. These opinions are my own.
Back when I first heard about this, I was psyched to find another pirate read. My current WiP is a pirate trilogy set in a fantasy land a lot like how I imagine dystopian France. When I helped to reveal the cover via Xpresso Tours, I was really happy when Ashley offered me an ARC of CUTLASS.
I don’t see a lot of pirates in fiction. It’s just not something that’s big, and it is certainly something that I would love to see more of. However, as that may be, CUTLASS was perfect for me.
From the start, I liked Barren. Not just because of the awesome fight scenes he was a part of, not just because of his mentality and his role as a hero, but also because of the fact that his name is Barren. One of my favorite characters in my story right now that is introduced in the second book is named Baron. I think that Barren and Baron could get along. There are so many aspects of CUTLASS that I love that made me really think about my novel, and right from the bat many of those aspects consisted of the world-building and the characters.
Every single character is carefully thought out and fleshed out over the course of CUTLASS, remaining consistent and leaving space to keep you guessing. Even the supporting characters are done well. The descriptions were also great. One thing I love about Cinda Williams Chima and Kathy Reichs’s world-building is that they go heavy on description. Their analogies are crystal clear and I can build those worlds down to the smallest details without going over the top. Nixon’s world-building isn’t quite there yet. I can build her worlds, but I can’t find everything. However, she possesses many of the elements I love in great worlds, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with in the future.
Overall, this is a great pirate read that I would highly recommend. I also loved Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding if you’re looking for other pirate related books. I didn’t think that certain things in the plot were necessary, I thoroughly enjoyed CUTLASS and I would highly recommend it. 4.5 stars.
Series: Cutlass Trilogy