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Dark Descendant (Immortal Huntress) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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"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
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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.
Visit her on the web at www.JennaBlack.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bottom line: I recommend this book.
Why this isn't a 5-star book, I'll explain. I felt the author skimped out on the variety of god descendants and characters she could have... Read more
Book wad ok. Nothing major to grab your attention. Expected a little more. Over all not horrible.Published 9 months ago by D
This is an AWESOME BOOK!!! I found Jenna Black recommended by another author I read on Fantastic Fiction and I am so glad I picked this book up. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christina Platt
I love this series so much! My sister gave this to me to read a few years ago and I was hooked from page one! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nikki Glass is a private investigator. Orphaned and raised in the Foster care system, Nikki was adopted by the Glass family. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I look forward to reading even more of the Nikki Glass novels by Jenna Black. This series has definitely found a permanent home in my book collection and on my bookshelves. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Daniel E. Porter II
I couldn't put it down. I read Books 1-3 in THREE DAYS. What I liked most about Nikki is that she is thrown into a high-stressed situation, uses her head and doesn't SWOON... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sherese