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Deadly Descendant (Nikki Glass #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,908 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
The second novel in a unique and action-packed urban fantasy series from the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley series!

An ancient evil is unleashed in the modern world— unless one fearless P.I. can hunt it down. . . . Nikki Glass, Immortal Huntress, returns in this new novel in the acclaimed series by Jenna Black.

As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, privat
Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Jun 25, 2016 Jilly rated it liked it
After the first book in this series, with its unique world of miscellaneous demi-gods running around, I was excited to keep reading. But, this one fell a little flat for me.

Sometimes life dishes out cruel jokes.

First, we have our main character, Nikki, who is mostly loved by readers for being a heroine who makes good decisions and stays level-headed. But, in this one, she makes some of those typical bad choices that everyone wants to kick her ass over. She also does an awful lot of angsting and
"He was beautiful and exotic and dangerous, all of which made him sexy as sin."

DEADLY DESCENDANT was absolutely AMAZING! For the life of me, I just could not put this book down. I couldn't until I flipped to the last page and STILL, I WANTED MORE! The Nikki Glass Series is one of my favorite new Urban Fantasy series and I am impressed at how much I am crazy for this series!

DEADLY DESCENDANT picks up right where Dark Descendant left off. Nikki is adjusting to life an immortal and learning more
Apr 09, 2016 Amyiw rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, uf, x-2016, geek2016
This was really good just like the first, maybe a little better. Still she says some phrases over and over that irritated "bite my tongue" for one, after the 50% line she said it several more times, 6? She still does things at crucial points that I am thinking, "what the hell are you doing?!" And I can predict the consequence. At least I cannot predict the plot, just small parts in scenes that can be frustrating. She still thinks she holds the moral high ground in so many situations, yet she con ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Brie rated it it was amazing
I almost bit off my little sisters finger when she tried to get me to stop reading this. Before starting I had totally forgotten my love for all things Jamaal. Not to worry though. It's back. Forever.
Not to mention this one had more of Jack. I love it. I freaking love it! Turns out he's got a good guy buried under all the trickery. *sigh*

Setting aside my unnatural attraction to fictional characters I have to rave about the actual story too.
When I opened Deadly Descendant I only meant to read th
Jun 26, 2016 Kira rated it liked it
June 2013: 4 stars
June 2016: 3 stars

I have no idea why I rated this so highly the first time around. Maybe it was just that UF was new to me back then and I was more forgiving. This book irritated the hell out of me on this reread. Nikki is a great character, but she didn’t seem as smart. There were a few times she did something, and I just knew it was a bad idea. It was mentioned often that she was rebellious during her rough childhood. It seems hard to believe since she is generally very cauti
Jun 08, 2016 Jeanny rated it really liked it
Re-reading: audible version
Originally read kindle version 4 stars ****
Danielle (Danniegurl)
This one was good and awesome! I still hate the authors over use of reminding us that Nikki doesn't like authority or some other sayings she says repeatedly. Otherwise the book was awesome. Firstly there is the hints at romance and I can't quite tell who Nikki will end up with. Some people might not notice, but I do think that Anderson has a soft spot for Nikki whether that's romantic or not remains to be seen. On the other hand, Nikki has always been attracted to Jamaal which is surprising give ...more
Jenni Ebba
Apr 22, 2012 Jenni Ebba rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The Nikki Glass series is so very different from Black's others that I couldn't help but be intrigued. While the Morgan Kingsley novels center around bound demons, this series focuses on descendants of the gods. I love mythology and since there's no practical application to most of what I learned in college, I like to read about them in novels. Nikki Glass, descendant of Goddess Artemis, is charged with hunting down a descendant of Anubis who has gone mad and is killing morta ...more
May 17, 2016 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

Nikki you are a bad-ass and if I ever turn to girls you'll be first on my list babe.

Jamaal, I am so glad I am straight. Even though you are a little unstable and can kill people with a thought you are still sexy as hell. Call me.

Honest to god truth...I would kill someones mother to get my hands on the next book.
May 24, 2012 Nath rated it liked it
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4.5 stars

Now that Nikki's firmly claimed Anderson's ragtag group of Liberi as her home and immortal family, she's still trying to get used to life working for Anderson. When the Oracle from the Olympians comes to Anderson for help in catching a descendant who's going on a killing spree, she's forced into hunting him down. The only problem is this descendant is not only wielding shadow jackals as his weapon but he's also insane who has no
Apr 28, 2012 Tia rated it it was ok
I was pretty disappointed in this book. I spent the vast majority of it trying to read faster so I could finish and move on to another book. Nikki just wasn't doing it for me. Most of the book was her explaining her thought process for four pages at a time and how she *really* wishes her power came with an instruction manual. The romance seemed incredibly random and forced, like the author got halfway through writing and thought oh maybe we should have some sexual tension. I also noticed the aut ...more
Mythology and folklore are rich rich topics and so wide that if you know what you are doing, you could wip up such great stories...... *swoons* ..... Presenting Nikki Glass #2 Deadly Descendants by Jenna Black.

Here is the summary of the book:

The second novel in a unique and action-packed urban fantasy series from the acclaimed author of the "Morgan Kingsley" series Once, Nikki Glass was an ordinary private investigator, running her own business in Washington, D.C. Then, her world turned upside
It is possible to like something problematic as long as I acknowledge the problems.

So that's what I'm starting with this time.

The first book had played around with a dotted-lines-love-triangle with Nikki in the center and Anderson and Jamaal at the opposite corners.

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Oct 22, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
The 2nd installment to the Nikki Glass series! I have read Ms. Black's Morgan Kingsley series and was hesitant with this one....but so far Nikki is amazing :)

Nikki & Jamaal
So it was obvious after the first book that something along the romance side would develop between these two. Jamaal goes from hating Nikki to friendship in this book. It's a tense frienship as they're learning to open up and trust each other....but it's a very good frienship for both of them. They are so much alike that
3.5 stars

What I like
The story is fast-paced and I find myself interested the whole time. I like the idea of Anubis's descendant running amok with his jackals. It brings up a couple of new interesting plotline, like channeling death magic (which has implication in Jamaal, since he has been having trouble controlling his) and the Underworld.

I like the further interaction of Nikki and Jamaal, as they are opening up to one another, sharing stories from their past. As I said in my opinion for the fi
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Some parts of the narrative just annoy me. Like I like the story but the narrative drags at parts and has a immature quality to it I can't explain. The constant smoke and drug use also got really annoying to read about. And the move in street and mc have no connection between them at all IMO and seemed beyond forced. She likes him because he's really hot and a huge asshole that has no problem hitting women but like he's so hot and has a sad backstory so it's okay, besides he's hot and apparently ...more
kc (4saintjude)
May 15, 2012 kc (4saintjude) rated it really liked it
I seriously enjoyed this book. It was a great read, with a lot of mystery and action. I'm not exactly happy with the direction of Nikki's love life, but there was still some serious hotness. My only gripe is the ending - which concludes high-level summary style, but left me thinking, wth? I really wanted the final few pages to be more intimate with regards to the character. I felt my gut tug, and hoped it wasn't a Morgan Kingsley-style wrap up. I've my finger's crossed that I'll get to read more ...more
Aug 18, 2012 archdandy rated it liked it
After reading and enjoying the first book in this series, Dark Descendant, I was looking forward to the release of the second one. Unfourtunatley it was kind of a disappointment.

Deadly Descendant once again follows Nikki Glass as she investigates a string of murders by what is suspected is a pack of jackals controlled by a descendant of Anubis.

The reason I really enjoyed Dark Descendant was because of Nikki and her personality. I felt like she was a fresh character and had a level head on her
May 07, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
I loved Jenna Black's Morgan Kingsley series, but this series is even more enjoyable. Demons are interesting, but I find the old gods far more fascinating. Which is why I cannot resist authors like P.C. Cast, Rick Riordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kevin Hearne and Jenna Black, who give the old gods from mythology a role in their books whether in person or as the god or goddess from whom leading and/or secondary characters are descended. Black's descendants have unique powers that are wanted by both the ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Daffodil rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It was incredibly easy to slip back into Black's world and for the most part the story moved along well. The mystery element was a little light, but the plot kept me involved enough that I didn't mind.

Note: Liberi are descendants of gods from various pantheons. Olympians are elitist and purists; only descendants of Greek gods are worthy of living and basically humans should worship/serve Olympians. Very little time has passed since the opening pages of the first book, so Nikki is still adjusting
May 07, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-own, 2012
2.5-stars- This was one of the books I had most been looking forward to this year. The previous book was a 5-star read and I loved the world the author had created. I was ready to lump Nikki in with Kate and Mercy, that's how much I liked it. Unfortunately this one fell flat for me and was really mostly a disappointment. I think romance fans may be happy with how her and Jamaal's relationship takes a new turn, but I felt like the direction the author went took away from the series as a whole. Th ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
Deadly Descendant picks up the story recently after the last book. Nikki has now moved into the Mansion that houses all the other Liberi in order to keep the Olympians from harming her family, however Nikki is still trying to maintain her independence by keeping her old house and job. That is until her office burns down and one of the Olympians comes to ask the help of the Liberi in catching a Liberi serial killer.

I really do like Nikki she is not stupid at all and doesn’t do crazy things like g
Elle (LitSiren)
Sep 12, 2016 Elle (LitSiren) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enda-abis, 2016-reads
i was lost at Liberi term and so many terms afterward i just didn't care in the end.

this nikki glass, to be honest, is NOT the nikki glass i knew previously.

so, yeahhh i'm pretty disappointed.
Dec 21, 2013 KarenF rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, kindle
Decent UF but Nicki is not my favorite protagonist. I get that Emma was being set up as a villain but I would have expected a little more sympathy for someone who had been imprisoned and tortured for 10 years. Especially from someone who constantly refers to herself as a "bleeding heart". She seems to save all of the empathy for the men (not that the men don't deserve her empathy in some cases but she just seems much harsher on the women). (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Jage rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, I really did. I find the world fascinating and the writing is solid but I dislike the main character intensely.

I don't know if she's actually a hypocrite or if she just rubbed me the wrong way but I found it very unfair that she held everyone to these impossible standards and expected them to live up to it without knowing *why* they wanted to keep secrets but then when it comes to her it's different. I think normally I'd let her issue with her mother slide bec
Michelle Cummings
Apr 29, 2012 Michelle Cummings rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I was very excited when I started to read this second installment of the series. I slipped back into this world seamlessly, not having too much trouble remembering the story from the previous book, about how Nikki finds out she is a descendent of Artemis, and immortal, as a result of killing (accidentally by her, but on purpose by the victim) one of her clients. I like the worldbuilding, and the mythology. I even liked the apparent love interest, and the current mystery about a descendent of Anu ...more
May 16, 2012 Kayla rated it really liked it
First off I have to say I really enjoy reading this book from Nikki's point of view. Nikki reminds me a lot of Cat from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Jenna Black writes this series in first person so the reader can go into the mind of Nikki and read what she is thinking. Nikki doesn't put up with much and I find her sarcasm quite funny at times. :)

I liked the plot of the book. The "wild dog" attacks kept the book moving at a fast pace. The story line had plenty of twists and turns that
I don't know what to say about this one, I had such high hopes after the first book but this one fell a little short. If I'm honest it should probably be rated about 3.5Stars.

I can't quite put my finger on what was wrong about it but I think the "love interest" part didn't help. It felt forced, as if it was just there because there had to be someone, it didn't feel like a natural progression at all.

That said I still love the world, I'm enjoying getting to know the other character's and I'm sti
S.M. Reine
May 14, 2013 S.M. Reine rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was better than the first book. I liked the steam between Nikki and Jamaal, and of course I also like Anderson. I'm easy, really, unlike Nikki, who is still kind of a pain in the ass of a heroine.

The author seems to have settled into her universe somewhat in this book, and it's a lot less...offensively bland? The Anubis thing is pretty awesome. The fact that most women that are not Nikki are portrayed as shrews is less awesome. I could have done without the Emma subplot.

Otherwise, this is a
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