Dark Descendant by Jenna BlackDark Descendant by Jenna Black

Dark Descendant

byJenna Black

Mass Market Paperback | April 26, 2011

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From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.

Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .
Title:Dark DescendantFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.9 inPublished:April 26, 2011Publisher:PBLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451606796

ISBN - 13:9781451606799

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Urban Fantasy Very, very cool series. A strong female lead, complex and interesting story, awesome action, great characters, and awesome mythology references. Can't wait to keep going! :D
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly not bad Have to admit at the beginning of this book I was having a hard time justifying to keep reading it , but about 70% into it, it sucked me in and I couldn't put it down till I was done. Looking forward to the next one.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad - but not her best Private Eye Nikki Glass has always had a knack for finding things - people or wallets, her hunches often turn out to be right on the money. Not surprising, as she's a descendant of Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt. Now exposed to the mystical side of the world where descendants of the old gods from every culture (Norse, India, you name it), Nikki finds that the the bad guys are really, really bad, and the good guys aren't so fabulous either. Both sides are vying for Nikki's allegiance, but her talents are more coveted than her life, and solving the puzzle of why the two groups hate each other will expose Nikki to danger far greater than she has ever known. Even if she is immortal, sort of. I picked up this novel simply because I enjoyed Black's teen fantasy Faeriewalker series, and found that Dark Descendant dealt with an only slightly more complicated premise and slightly older characters. While I found the concept of decendants from all of the various mythological gods and goddesses interesting, it seemed that this book was simply trying to be an adult version of the Percy Jackson kids books. Not that it was bad, it was just a bit on the simple side for an adult Urban Fantasy novel. 'bin there, done that, as it were. It's a shame though, as Black is a good writer and her teen novels are well imagined and suited for the target audience. Let's hope that the inevitable sequels to Dark Descendants show a little more of Black's creative storytelling talent.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I liked the book because it has promise but there are just too many inconsistencies and a lack of believability when it comes to the characters that left me dissatisfied. The primary character is assaulted, attacked, nearly killed and consistently accused of being a spy by the supposed 'good guys' and she chooses their side and lives with them. She also is way too forgiving and understanding considering one of the characters repeatedly tries to kill her and almost does but it winds up being lollipops and rainbows in the end. Like I say, it's hard to accept her motivations and explanations as to why she does what she does with the people she does it with. Also, the characters weren't very likable. Even the male lead whom I presume might become her love interest at some point in the series didn't seem particularly likeable and it was just hard to understand why everyone was doing what they were doing. There was so much promise in the premise, the plot but I think it all lost focus and tried to do too many things which left the characters one dimensional and the storyline blah. Maybe the series gets better but as a start, this book left me as a reader dissatisfied.
Date published: 2011-09-01

Editorial Reviews

"Jenna Black deftly weaves Greek myth into the modern-day world, creating a dark, gritty tale that will leave you breathless and immediately wanting more. DARK DESCENDANT has all the pace, energy, and intensity of a lightning bolt thrown from the hand of Zeus himself! I loved every minute of it." —Kelly Gay, award-winning author of The Better Part of Darkness"A marvelously dense, utterly unique world, driven and well-defined characters, lots of action, and just plain fun. Jenna Black never disappoints!" —Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times bestselling author