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Product Details

  • Series: Descendant
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606799
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

Jenna Black is the author of Dark Descendant and Deadly Descendant, the first two novels in her Nikki Glass, 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.

More About the Author

Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She is now a full-time writer and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two dogs.

Customer Reviews

There's probably more to come with the next books and I can't wait to get the chance to read them!
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It definitely took my full attention from the beginning and held it through the whole book which i finished in one day, as i could not put it down.
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Dark Descendant is a fast paced read full of action and several twists and turns that had me turning the pages as fast as I could.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kale on April 23, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on May 17, 2011
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I've never read Jenna Black before so when I noticed Dark Descendant is the first book in a new urban fantasy series, I decided to give it a try. Nikki is just a normal girl who has a special knack at tracking down people. Her latest job was to find a girl whom her client, Emmitt claimed to be messed up with a cult. After Nikki finds her, Emmitt asks Nikki to go with him to bring her home. Wary, Nikki tags along and her life changes.

What Nikki doesn't know is that she is a Descendant. She in particular descends from the goddess Artemis, but there are many people walking around whom have descended from ancient gods. It is at this "cult" where her powers are transferred to her and she becomes immortal. The others that live at this house are also immortal and each have a special power. They don't take too kindly to Nikki, and she has no desire to be around these people who claim immortality and other powers. Fleeing, she soon finds that there is another group of immortals, the Olympians who want to use her tracking skills for devious purposes. Nikki has no idea who to trust or what her next step should be.

What I really like about this book is that at first there are no "good guys." When Nikki first comes up to the house where the Descendants live, she is mortal. The only way an immortal descendant can die, is if a mortal one kills them. Once that kill happens, their immortality gets transferred to the once mortal descendant. I know it is a bit confusing and I was definitely confused in the beginning of the book. But the more you keep reading the more it makes sense. She unknowingly kills Emmitt, and his immortality gets transferred to her. At this point the Descendants think she is working for the Olympians. So they don't trust her.
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Dark Descendant by Jenna Black
Urban Fantasy - April 26th, 2011
4 ½ stars

This quickly immersing urban fantasy has me eagerly anticipating the next book in this Greek based new series. It reminded me of Vicki Pettersson's Sign of the Zodiac books but was easier to read and features a more relatable heroine.

Nikki Glass was a young detective on a blind date from hell set up by her well-meaning sister. So it is no surprise when Nikki gets a sudden call for help by her latest client, (even if the request is rather unusual) that she leaps at the chance to ditch her date. Her client has asked her to investigate a strange cult associated with the Greek Gods. But soon Nikki finds herself driving in the rain on a muddy road and in a fatal car accident. Her client is dead and the cult members believe that she killed him on purpose. It turns out that her client was one of the cult members and they are seriously scary people out for blood! But as fantastical as it sounds, they believe that Nikki is like them, a descendant of a Greek God. Nikki thinks they are crazy but as she miraculously heals from her deadly wounds and sees their supernatural abilities, she is fast becoming a believer. After attacking her, they actually tell her that they are the `good guys.' But Nikki isn't so sure and when her sister is threatened Nikki decides to take matters into her own hands...

This is a thrilling new series. I loved the gutsy heroine and her surprisingly deep and charming sister. The Descendents each have different inherited skills from the specific God they descend from. It was fascinating to read about each of them and how they use their gifts in their fight against their deadly rivals.
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