Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review - Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

The old gods have a new weapon.
Don't mess with her.

Dark Descendant
TITLE:    Dark Descendant
AUTHOR:    Jenna Black
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 325 pages
PUBLISHED:   Pocket Books, 2011
SOURCE:   Received from Publisher for Review

  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. . . .

MY TAKE:    I don't envy the people who had to decide which genre and sub-genres to place this book in.  It is one of those stories that has a little bit of everything:  urban fantasy, mythology, romance, paranormal, drama, crime fiction, etc..  I think it is classified as adult urban fantasy so we'll go with that.  (There are adult situations and some violence so I would think adult is an important designation.)

I stayed up late at night reading this book.  It was packed with action and kept me turning the pages until I was finished in the wee hours of the night.  I instantly liked the main character of Nikki.  She is a fairly typical hard-ass PI protagonist, but her sense of humor and her acknowledgement of her own issues makes her very relatable.   

The other characters were also well written.  Jamaal is probably one of my favorites at this point, but Loki's descendant Jack is intriguing as well.  There are many different personalities that make for an exciting story full of conflict.  I am a fan of Greek mythology so I really enjoyed getting to know some of the different offspring of the various Gods that Jenna Black has "discovered".  The fact that she has included the Olympians as the opposing faction makes for some really interesting storyline opportunities.  I am really looking forward to the next installments in this fantastic new series.  Maybe something along the lines of Blake and Steph????

Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:

WHERE TO BUY IT:    Amazon and The Book Depository

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