Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass Series #1)

Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass Series #1)

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by Jenna Black
     
 

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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. . . .

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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. . . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451606799
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Nikki Glass Series , #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
286,877
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.95(d)

What People are saying about this

"The Descendant is an exciting new series featuring gods and goddesses in a new way. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the unique tone and powerful characters, especially the protagonist, Nikki Glass." —-Romantic Times

Meet the Author

Jenna Black is the author of Dark Descendant, Deadly Descendant, Pros and Cons, and Rogue Descendant, the first four works in her Immortal Huntress series. She is also the creator of the popular Morgan Kingsley urban fantasy series, the Guardians of the Night paranormal romance series, and the Faeriewalker young adult fantasy series. She once dreamed of being the next Jane Goodall, until she realized that primates spend 80 percent of their time not really doing anything. She moved on to such pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation before becoming a full-time writer of fiction. She lives in North Carolina. Visit her website at JennaBlack.com.

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Dark Descendant 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
Oh My Gods. Don't let the title fool you into thinking this is another series about demons, witches, or vamps. The name doesn't do the premise justice. Dark Descendant is an excitingly gritty mix of mythos and urban fantasy. Nikki Glass is a bloodhound in the P.I. business, but her current client is hoping to give her more than a commission. After an accident and near death experience involving her, and her latest employer, strange things start happening. She starts seeing iridescent tattoos on certain people, including herself. Her aim is dead on 100% of the time, and two rival tattooed factions are vying for her time and allegiance. Turns out Nikki is a mortal descendant of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Descendants like Nikki are rare and can become immortal, one of the Liberi. But there's a catch. One that Nikki may never forgive herself for. Jenna Black puts a new spin on Heroes. Creating a refreshingly new series out of an eclectic array of mythology. I always love that first book in a series where everything is being developed, the world building, story threads, histories, and players. Black doesn't disappoint. The story is fast paced, and set in the D.C. area. There was a lot of background on Nikki that provided a strong foundation on her personality. Glass has to seriously reevaluate her traits and demeanor as her past definition of herself is altered by supernatural revelations. Using a blend of gods from different cultures really lends it's self to more diverse characters. The supporting cast is just as interesting with descendants of Eros, Kali, Loki, and Zeus just to name a few. The only thing I didn't like was how often the main character was unarmed. For someone with Nikki's small stature and god given skill set, I find this to be a problem. While I like Nik's resourcefulness, I can only support the David slays Goliath routine for so long. I do hope Nikki gets some better hunting gear like a holster for her gun and vest to hold her phone and stuff. Carrying around a backpack and leaving or dropping her gun in an inconvenient place just seems like a rookie mistake. Maybe when we next meet Nik she'll be more of a pro. Overall I thought the concept was great. I know Jennifer Estep was doing a YA series with characters like these, and Rick Roidan's Percy and Lost Hero books are some of my favorites as well. So finding an adult series was very exciting to me. There was a lot of world building, but I thought the storyline was woven in there well. It was compelling and entertaining. I am looking forward to the next book to see where Black takes things. I think Nikki has only scratched the surface of her abilities, and a clear path for an overall storyline has yet to be revealed, so I am definitely staying tuned in for that.
NookFever More than 1 year ago
The past few weeks I've been slowly plowing my way through the first two installments of the Alex Craft Series from Kalayna Price. I thought I was losing some of my book-reading craze, and almost decided to stop reading for a while just to gain back my interest in all things urban fantasy. Almost! Well, I finished Dark Descendant in about two days. It was that engaging. This goes to show that the author does make all the difference! Jenna Black's writing makes the pages flow effortlessly. Nikki Glass discovers that she is a mortal descendant from the Gods, and unwillingly gains the immortality of one of the Liberi/immortals. Her story continues to unfold as she learns more about the Liberi and their politics. Jenna Black introduces the reader to a very interesting and well-developed cast of characters. If I had to give a critique, I would say that the plot wasn't overly complicated. There are no moments where you find yourself scratching your head, wondering what is going to happen. There are a lot of male characters, but for a change our heroine doesn't get involved romantically with any of them, not even a kiss. Way to break the mold! No ghosts, fairies, vampires, or werewolves here, just very interesting immortals.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
Nikki is a private investigator specializing in skip traces and missing persons and she is exceptionally good at her job. Nikki's own history is brought to the front of the story when she accidentally kills her client while trying to help him save the person Nikki was hired to find from a cult. While badly injured she is met with more injury from one of the "cult" members upset that she has killed his best friend. This turns out to be no ordinary "cult" and is instead the descendants of mythological gods and goddesses from all cultures. You will be quickly sucked into this world where there are both good and evil descendants and Nikki is trying to figure out which she should align herself with. This is a quick read and I finished it in one night! The story really moves fast and there is no lack of action and it is nicely woven with Nikki's back story. She had been abandon as a child and is taken in by a wealthy family, but feels guilty about their money and doesn't touch her trust fund. The fact that she has no interest in money. provides some great plot points for the story so far. Another interesting point is the members of the group she has taken up with. Anderson, who no one can figure out, sets her on a personal investigation to find his missing wife and let Nikki prove her worth. There are lots of interesting characters that I think will provide great tales to come.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Dark Descendant is a decidedly original work of fiction. Yes, we've all read stories that somehow relate to the gods of Greek mythology. However, I can safely say that none of those stories were quite as unique as Jenna Black's first novel introducing Nikki Glass, private-eye extraordinaire. Through a twist of fate, Nikki Glass finds herself thrown into a world of immortal beings and Greek god descendants. She doesn't know of her heritage from the goddess of hunting, Artemis, until she meets the Liberi. Stunned into disbelief of her new powers Nikki runs and finds herself stuck between the harsh, cruel Olympians and the safety of her adoptive sister. I must say that for all the trouble Nikki had to deal with because of her heritage, she didn't exactly show much power. At least, not anything tangible like lightning bolts or bursts of white energy. So she can track people down with 100% accuracy, but I refuse to believe that is the extent of her powers. Nikki isn't particularly a tough girl. I like my heroines to be confident, defiant, and not afraid to admit when they're wrong. I didn't see that in Nikki. Sure, she was confident in her skills, but she compare herself to her sister too much for my liking. Nikki did have redeeming qualities like showing sympathy for people who may not have deserved it. She calls it a bleeding heart, but I call it compassion. She seemed to relate to one of the most volatile descendants, even after he tried to kill her! I'm a little sad there's no romance in the story. Not as much as I'd like anyway. Black definitely gives readers a reason to drool over the pages of Dark Descendant in the form of Anderson Kane, the leader of the Liberi and a few other housemates like Blake, the descendant of Eros, and Jamaal, the descendant of a death-god. I'm holding out hope that my wishes of romance will come true in book 2 of Nikki's story, Deadly Descendant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stayed up all night just to finish it! Amazing! Wish there was more!
princess royality More than 1 year ago
the book left alot to be desired but it was a great page turner! it seemed to be a tad bit repeative (her height of 5'2 probaly came up at least six times in a span of five chapters it was annoying how these little thongs kept repeating but other than that and the fact that jamaal couldve been more of a bad guy that could possibly be ur soulmate type of guy it was a good book and i would defintly recommend it.
tiggerdavis1970 More than 1 year ago
My sister gave me this book to read and once I started it, I could not put it down until I finished it! It was that amazing! Do not let the title fool you into thinking that this is just another series about demons, gods, and witches, because it definitely was NOT!!!! Jenna Black puts a new spin on old mythology. Everything that we have heard before about Zeus, Apollo, Artemis and the other gods of mythology, well, don't think about it because Jenna Black writes something refreshingly new. I read the first book in 2 hours. And since then I have read it twenty times and counting. I still can't get enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book couldn't put it down a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and interesting plot kept me entertained for the entire plane ride.
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