Dark Descendant Review

According to Amazon.com’s product description:

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. . . .

Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. But you just don’t know what it’s like until you’ve read it. I feel like I’ve never used the term “snowballing” in reference to a book, but it is certainly appropriate where Jenna Black’s Dark Descendant is concerned—not only because of the reader’s expereince, but due to the story itself:

Our main character Nikki Glass discovers a tendril of the inconscistent Posts(which she uses to escape a horrible blind date), but that tendril unravels into a web of gargantuan proportion that she is inexplicably trapped within.

Because she is the descendant of a god—or rather a goddess (Artemis, to be specific). And now that she has been misled (more like screwed) into killing a Liberi (the immortal descendants of gods), she is now right smack dab in a battle that has been brewing into a war for hundreds of years. With the gift of a deadly shot that never misses, she is not prone to giving up or giving in, which is what made the plot (25/25) so engrossing and…well, just so damn good. And Black’scharacters (25/25) had the stuff to back up the big story. After all, they are rthe descendants of gods. They act like it, too.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned how part of the allure of Urban Fantasy is the larger than life personalities–and who could do that better than people who think they are (and may be) gods. Descendants of the death god Kali and the sex god Eros are equally stunning and terrifying when they grace the page and Nikki handles them as deftly as Black handles her as a character. The ping-pony action that bounces tension back and forth between nearly every new character Nikki meets makes it the kind of book you ignore loved one for (and I’m sorry about that, dear). But the read is well worth it.

The settings (20/25)  aren’t particularly unique, but they are fitting and well thought out to fit the situations and characters. The characters and plot are what make them shine. And it’s Black style (20/25) that presents all of it in a way that leaves one wanting, no, needing more, which is why I give it an A+. A 90 to be exact.

I know I probably say this a lot (which is a good thing), but if you’re looking for something a little different and a lot of good, this book is a good place to start. It was such a good place that upon finding the next one doesn’t come out until next year, I bought the first Morgan Kingsley novel to keep myself busy. Luckily, I have a handful of those to keep my mind off of the wait! If you want to learn more about Jenna Black, Dark Descendant or any other number of wonderful reads, check out Ms. Black’s site here!


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