Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass Series #1)

Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass Series #1)

by Jenna Black

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ISBN-13: 9781451606799
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Nikki Glass Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 876,719
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.95(d)

About 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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"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

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Dark Descendant 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 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.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read and adored Jenna Black's YA series that begins with "Glimmerglass" so I was very eager to read her new Urban Fantasy novel "Dark Descendant". I was fairly impressed and I will be adding this to my growing list of series I must follow. The premise here is fairly unique....Nikki Glass is good at tracking and finding people. She has made a career of it. But then she learns that there may be a paranormal reason why she is such a great hunter. She learns that she is a descendant of a Greek Godess Artemis. Her aim is suddenly always 100% on the mark. Soon two different groups of Liberi Deorum. One group of 'good guys'...who are actually more like shades of gray guys and then the Olympian's or really bad guys. Both groups want Nikki but the Olympians reasons are truly evil. They threaten her sister to try to make Nikki comply. The story is really entertaining. Nikki is a good girl who is thrust into a strange world made up of people with all sorts of different powers. Nikki meeting these people and getting accustomed to their powers and this new world is fun and almost perfect enjoyment. I liked all the characters I am supposed to like and I really disliked the bad guys. However I found the story to be almost too complex in how the mythologys and the role of the descendants work. I had to re-read the explainations a couple of times and even then later down the road something happened I didn't understand and it was wrapped up in that explaination. It didn't more or less didn't detract from the reading but I wish I had a better grasp of the 'rules' of the world. The actions scenes were great, the story is definitely gritty. This is no paranormal romance, in fact there are more than one option Black could choose to take should she decide to give Nikki a romance. The story has tons of potentially great characters we really haven't had a chance to explore in this first book and I really do look forward to reading more.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally I didn't have this book on my to buy list. But when I received it for review, the summary really piqued my interest - especially with the mythology that is involved.Dark Descendant is a fantastic read and really took me by surprise. I absolutely loved the flow of the story. It was both fast and engaging. I have read some of Ms. Black's books before but none of her UF titles. She has taken mythology from different pantheons and created a most intriguing world. Great cast of characters. I loved the lead Nikki, she was a strong character, but also has a vulnerability to her. The mysterious Anderson and "I'm crazy but I don't mean to be" Jamaal are two characters I hope to read more about. I definitely recommend this one.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nikki refuses to believe that she is descended from a god, but how else can she explain her survival after wrapping her car around a tree ¿ or how quickly her critical wounds healed? It is a lot to digest, and when her newfound powers draw the wrong sort of attention, Nikki has to determine who she can trust to give her the truth ¿ and who would rather see her deader than dead.The plot begins rather slow, but quickly descends into a whirlwind of suspense and action as the characters start to showcase the full extent of their powers and unmask some of their mystery. Jenna Black builds dark and delicious mythology that I found exciting to discover, although I wished there was a little bit more humor included and a little less serious. I wished we had more character interaction because it was hard to garner much attachment to those we hardly saw. DARK DESCENDANT gives a good start to this new series, although I need to see how Book 2 turns out before making a final decision!
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyThe ancient gods of Greek, Norse, and Hindu mythology are portrayed as capricious, fickle beings of immense power who often inflict extreme acts of cruelty on humanity. So you can imagine what kind of parents they would make. There are hundreds of myths about the Greek gods of Olympus, in particular, absconding with women or seducing virgins. The children resulting from these unions are called demigods (Hercules is arguably the most famous). Millennia later, in DARK DESCENDANT, these descendants of the gods have formed two rival factions with diametrically opposing goals. Neither one can really be described as `the good guys¿ but `the bad guys¿ are truly monsters. This is the world P.I. Nikki Glass is thrust into.Talk about a smart, resourceful, and resilient character. Nikki Glass was made for the urban fantasy genre. She doesn¿t ever shrink or shy away from reality once it¿s shown to her. She has a few momentary mental freak-outs, but she never lets that keep her from doing what needs to be done. Her thought processes are very pragmatic and once she¿s made up her mind, she doesn¿t dither around indecisively; she acts. She¿s the kind of character you want to be friends with, no matter how dangerous her life becomes.One thing I had to keep reminding myself while reading was that most of these characters are immortals. They can¿t kill each other, at least not easily. So they are crazy violent. Nikki herself get savagely beaten on more than one occasion and on only one of those times is it by `the bad guys¿. Basically, few things¿or characters¿are black and white. There is a whole lot of gray in DARK DESCENDANT, which is just one of the reasons that I found it so interesting. Somebody can get their eye stabbed out one night and then share a cup of coffee with the perpetrator the next morning. It¿s a crazy world and it was immensely fun watching Nikki get thrown into it. Don¿t pick up DARK DESCENDANT expecting a romantic plotline, there isn¿t one, at least not for the protagonist. This is one that develops between two of the supporting characters, much like Mallory and Catcher in the Chicagoland Vampire series. There are actually two very strong potential love interests for future books, but given the breakneck speed of the plot in this debut, it wouldn¿t have made sense for Nikki to have a romance. She does have a couple very interesting encounters with a descendant of Eros(aka Cupid) that brought to mind a certain death-by-sex Fae¿DARK DESCENDANT reminded me of a mythological a mash up of the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill and The Dissillustionists series by Carolyn Crane. A character who refuses to let the new circumstances of her life beat her down, has to embrace a brutal and terrifying future among the descendants of the gods, half of whom want to kill her and the other half want to use her to kill others. The pace is furious, the characters volatile, and mythological meets modern world is one not to be missed. There are no hard details about the next book in the Descendants series except for the happy news that there will be one. Sexual Content:References to rape.
Slion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Dark Descendant¿ is the first book in a new series for Jenna Black and is an urban fantasy about Nikki Glass, a private investigator, whose entire world changes in one night. After agreeing to meet her current client, Emmitt, at the mansion where his girlfriend Maggie is being held by a cult, Nikki sees that the circumstances are not what she believes. After originally finding no sign of Emmitt, Nikki discovers that the mansion holds members of a world of immortal beings. Nikki is part of this world. Descendants of gods, each member has to choose sides between two warring factions based on a belied system. Of course, nothing is as easy as good versus evil with immortal godlike beings, now is it? Nikki and the people she cares about are caught in the middle of the supernatural game and she wonders if she ever really knows if she will recognize the game players not to mention the board itself. How will she ever win or be able to protect those she loves being an outsider to this new world?Overall, I liked this 1st edition and found it fast paced and entertaining. The world of the Liberi Deorum, or more simply put, descendants of the gods, had enough fascinated accepts and characters to make it vast and start this first this edition out strong. There were gods from the greek line but also the other deities to choose from and there was also a good versus evil gang concept. The Olympians were the ¿evil¿ gang and purists who basically were the descendants who practiced racial purity and irradiated any non-greek immortals. The other group, which Nikki joins out of necessity for protection, is lead by Anderson Kane. They are a colorful cast of characters, but do not to be completely evil, so they are the lesser of two evils for Nikki. All the immortals and immortals to be sport a glyph marking them as being part of the deities¿ bloodline. Nikki has an adoptive sister, Steph, who is blond, gorgeous, and lives off her charity work and trust fund. Nikki is always fighting the feeling of not fitting in and feeling abandoned, sports a very strong will and some self-defense mores, but her life has been fair. Her real mother left her in a church at a young age possibly to save her because of her heritage. Once she realizes she is an immortal descendant of Artemis, she is sought after by factions for her skills but also questioned for her loyalty.I did observe that this story and the Signs of The Zodiac Series have several common elements in them to not be ignored. The heroine is plain and adopted with a rich, blonde, beautiful sister she envious but lives the world to protect. The glyphs, the transferring of powers upon killing a member, immortal strengths and bloodlines, all are very similar to the other series. We also have the 2 opposing forces that have very faded lives between good vs evil. So far there is no love interest in the story, but the author did sew seeds of interest into several characters to keep any reader guessing at to what a future could hold. I would like to see what book 2 would develop into since some changes occurred at the end of this novel. Book 2 always matures the characters initial impressions of her world, and Nikki needs to now adjust to all she has learned. Overall, a good 4 star effort.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From Goodreads:"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 Thoughts:I thought this was a solid beginning to a new urban fantasy series. In my opinion, Jenna Black has created an original debut filled with gods, olympians, descendants, and a little bit of mythology tossed in. I was hooked from the very beginning especially with all of the suspense that was interspersed throughout the story. I don't usually skim or skip ahead but there were times when I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I had to know right then and I cheated just to see...LOL! That is a sign of a good story in my opinion. Nikki was an interesting main character as she starts to learn about both her immortality and powers that come along with being a descendant. I would have liked to see her have a little more confidence in herself but it was easy to understand why she didn't have it. Her past made her more than a little vulnerable and it was interesting to see how it affected her choices. The Olympians were more than a little scary and I'm looking forward to seeing the role that they play in the next book. Overall, I found this to be a solid debut, and I'm looking forward to reading more about Nikki and the new world that she finds herself in. Recommended!Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review as part of a blog tour for Gallery & Pocket Books SciFi/Fantasy Group. Unfortunately this review is a bit late due to extenuating circumstances..my apologies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read - Greek gods & modern-day action
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Janna Black. I love her writing style. Her world is very well mapped out, the cast of characters are all strong. I can imagine the development of the relations between them as the books progress. I can't wait to read the next book.
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.
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Fast paced and interesting plot kept me entertained for the entire plane ride.
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