Sunday, 5 October 2014

Dark Descendant

Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass, #1)

Dark Descendant by Jenna Black is the first of her Nikki Glass novels.

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...

The Breakdown:
1. Black writes an interesting twist on of old mythologies in this book.  The Old gods have left, but they gave their descendants a gift which has some nasty twist to inheriting it. Not all their descendants agree on how things so be run, and there is a war brewing between the factions.

2. Nikki is a woman who had a rough childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home until the Glass's took her in.  She is close to her adaptive sister, Steph, and is a damn good PI. She is thrown in to this crazy world of the Descendants, where everyone seems against her.  The Olympians want to use her to track down innocent the descendants, and the other Descendants think she is a spy. She is smart and resourceful, and learns to harness the power of Artemis without others help to prove her loyalties, and she still has protect her sister from threats.

3. Anderson, the leader of Descendants, is man of mystery.  He seems so easy going at times, but there is something darker simmering under his surfaces.  He has some pretty big secrets and is more than what he seems.

4. I found it interesting the Descendant that Nikki feels more drawn to, Jamaal, is the one that hates her. Jamaal is unstable at the best of times, and completely psycho at his worst. He has some serious anger management issues. I an interested to see where Black will take their relationship as the series progresses.

To Read or Not to Read:

Currently Reading:
Ali's Pretty Little Lies
by Sara Shepard

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