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Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,521 Ratings  ·  510 Reviews
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 man
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published April 11th 2011)
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A solid start with some intense characters and a fascinating world and mythology. I'll definitely be reading the next installment when it's released.

Nikki Glass is Black's smartest character yet. She's pragmatic and resourceful, and I just about cheered when she made choices that an intelligent person would make. Thank you for not making her too stupid to live, and for also not making her whiny, bratty, or a cliché. She doesn't trust people right away, she doesn't fall into bed with anyone, and
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A pretty fresh story about a woman, Niki, who gets thrown into a world with demi-gods of mostly Greek mythology. But, there are others too, like Loki, who we know is a Norse god. So, if you are a purist, like a "Marvel & DC Comics characters may never mix", you might not like that. Or, if you are one of those people who can never allow their different foods to touch on a plate, this might drive you crazy. Personally, I'm okay with it. I don't care if my sweet potatoes touch my turkey during ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks-i-have
On Woowoos and Boo-boos

I actually liked reading this book enough to not discontinue and put it in my 'can't-get-through-it' list, but there were some things that bothered me about it which is why it's only getting two stars.

First: I love things to do with mythology. So when I read the summary for this, I was all, HELL YEAH GET ME ON THAT TRAIN! And it would be something I haven't read before, since most fantasy books that dabble in mythology I've read are in the Young Adult section. This one ha
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am rereading this series since the final book has been released, which for a long time didn’t seem like it was ever going to happen. It wasn’t quite as good as I remembered it to be, but I still liked it. Even though I’ve read a lot of UF over the years, it stands out from other series because all of the supernatural people are descendants of Greek and Norse gods. A select few of their descendants are immortals called Liberi. Many of the them are power hungry bastards.

Nikki is a heroine I genu
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
After an accident which at the very least should have left her hospitalised, Nikki Glass discovers that she is both immortal and descended from Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt. Unfortunately for her, she isn't the only one who has found out and two opposing groups of demigods want her in their camp –– and threatening her family is fair game if that's the only way they can control her.

Initially this book was a bit of a surprise. I didn't read the synopsis and after a few pages I'd decided it wa
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Re-read audible version 6/16/16 3.5/4 stars
Pet peeve: what amounts to Rape as Blake's talent/power was disgusting & could be offensive:
Kindle version read 4/16/13 *****5 stars
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Total brain candy.
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
When PI Nikki Glass discovers that she's a descendant of the goddess Artemis, her introduction to the 'good' descendants of the old gods, and the bad Olympian descendant purists doesn't make her a fan of either faction. But as both groups grapple to get Nikki on their team, Nikki's going to have to choose sides, even if her choice is just the lesser of what may be two evils, or her loved ones will suffer the consequences.

Dark Descendants ended up being an interesting start to Black's newest ser
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the boys in my class asked what I was reading. I explained I'd just finished a book so then I was asked to describe it. Difficult as the pupil is seven so it went something like:

There's a lady who is a detective, like a police man, she ends up discovering that her family are descended from Gods - like her great great great grandfather was a god. And there are bad people being mean to her new friends. Plus she has a sister who's in trouble. Was it good miss? Well, I couldn't put it down! B
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Greek mythology always fascinated me when I was a kid. Despite the fact that popular fiction will overdue any given trend, I have been interested in the recent flood of books that I've seen that feature Greek gods. So when I was conveniently sent a copy of "Dark Descendant" by Jenna Black, I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately the Greek myth that is supposed to be the backbone of this particular story isn't featured the way the back-of-the-book description (shown above) would have you belie ...more
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Since the fourth book in this series is coming out this year and it has been three years since I read book three, I decided that i needed to revisit this series before I tackled the fourth book. I remembered really enjoying these series, but I started this series back before I was blogging, so I didn’t have more than a rating when I first read this book. My rating system has also changed a lot since then too.

Anyway, Nikki Glass is a private investigator
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nikki Glass is a private investigator, and her latest job has her scoping out what her client tells her is a cult compound. When the job goes horribly wrong, however, she learns two things. One, the “cultists” are actually Liberi, the children of the ancient gods of mythology. And two, Nikki is herself descended (more distantly) from Artemis and has just accidentally stolen the immortality of one of the Liberi. Artemis, as you’ll recall from mythology, was far from promiscuous, so her descendant ...more
An adult Urban Fantasy novel about Greek Gods? I have been waiting forever to pick up a book like this. And trust me when your read the first chapter of this book you will be hooked in a way you never thought possible.

I cannot express how much I love Greek Mythology, so the concept of there being immortals called Liberi that are the children of a Greek god was so fascinating and also this story is so very action packed at different times too. I mean every chapter you're at the edge of your seat
I've had this book from the library for awhile, but resisted reading it. I like Urban Fantasy, but I prefer Paranormal Romance and so I was all "I want to read a romantic book, I'm in a romantic mood." So I read a few other books before this one. Then I picked this book up around 4 hours ago and now I am done.

I could not put this book down. Maybe, because I am obsessed with mythology. Or, because Nikki is seriously badass. Whatever it was, I was absolutely enthralled, couldn't put the book down.
Snarktastic Sonja
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I picked this one up while in the reading doldrums and read through it in a couple days - it is short. :)

I really enjoyed it and immediately picked up the next - and the next - and finally the last one. (I haven't finished the 4th one - I think I burned myself out.)

The world is interesting and new - descendants of gods - no vampires and werewolves. I love the relationship between Nikki and her sister. There are burgeoning romantic entanglements - but they don't take over the story.

Nikki is a pr
Dec 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
There's a great concept for a book at the heart of DARK DESCENDANT. Unfortunately, the writing is terrible and the concept never really gets developed.

If I found out I were a descendant of Artemis, and people were trying to kill me, the first thing I'd do is go somewhere safe (which the heroine does). But the second thing I'd do is, oh, try to find out whatever I could about Artemis.

Of course, Nikki doesn't need to, because that would be a useful step in the real world, where gods and goddesses
Nikki Glass is a private investigator. Orphaned and raised in the Foster care system, Nikki was adopted by the Glass family. After running into members of a strange "cult", Nikki discovers that her birthright is something she never suspected. Nikki is a decendant of the Greek Goddess, Artemis. Because Artemis was the virgin goddess, descendants of Artemis are extremely rare. The "cult" that Nikki was investigating, turns out to be a band of Liberi, descendants of other deities, each with their o ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Ok, so not a bad start to a series. Had some issues, but overall not bad.

Review coming soon.
Where to begin, I was talking to a friend of mine at work about this book. I am hard pressed because there is the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Start with..

Jenna Black wrote an interesting concept. The gods had children and they give them the seed of life. Their children are immortal. However, if their children have children they are not. There is a loophole in this tho. If the descendant's of the Immortals kill an immortal they die and they take over. So it is very Highlanderish. With th
Cool plot, cool synopsis, sool idea, and of course, cool heroine!

Nikki has been a PI for quite some time, but her friend comes to her one day and screw everything up for her, and now she's hated by whole hordes of powerful people(both pyhsically and politacally), and by both the good and bad people, which practically leaves her on no-man's land. She's also an outcast at the only safe sanctuary she was offered. All throughout the book, she has to prove her worth and loyalty to Anderson and co. ca
Shera (Book Whispers)
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Jenna Black is the reining queen of gray morals.  Whether she's dealing with a possessed exorcist or a teenage girl who can bring fairy magic into the human world or technology into the fairy world.  Moral grounds are never black and white in her tales, and Dark Descendant is no exception.  In Black's latest world descendants of gods walk among the general populace, never really knowing they are descendants other then a few heightened abilities.  The first children of the god
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

The 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 l
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
After reading the book description for "Dark Descendant" I thought it sounded interesting but cheesy. Although I've seen the name Jenna Black and recognized she is a literacy force to be reckoned with, I decided to give the book a try. Boy, am I glad I did.

Nikki Glass is a P.I. who can track down anyone.However, after a client calls her to assist him in rescuing his girlfriend from an occult clan, Nikki is thrown into a world of the gods literally. She discovers she is a descendant of the Greek
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whhhooooo-eeeeee! This book was awesome! This was my first time reading Jenna Black and I am definitely going to be coming back for more.

The book follows Nikki who we find out is a descendant of the god Artemis. Nikki has the tough girl vibe that most UF heroine's have but she isn't so tough that nothing phases her, she really seemed human and I loved that about her. I cheered her on throughout the whole book and got really invested in her. Her decisions don't make me want to smack myself in th
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Hmm that ending. It was like a non ending though they accomplished their short term goal I didn't like how the book just ended like that. I didn't feel the story was complete, which it's not which is why there are more books but in terms of this book I felt it was an odd place to end it. Nikki was kind of annoying and likable at the same time. She often repeated the same reasoning, now I've done some training but not nearly enough to fight so and so and as that person is going to punch her and b ...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★☆ I liked this one a lot. This was the first time I’ve read this author and she held my attention; I’ll be reading more of her and more of this series. I like that the female protagonist, who is a private investigator, didn't do anything TSTL. The story is very well written, well-paced, and flowed nicely, making it a fast read. (Warning: It gets a bit brutal at times.) I liked that it involved various Gods and Goddesses, not just Roman and Greek. However, I wish there was a bit more about th ...more
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 4.0 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy with mythological creatures

Dark Descendant, by Jenna Black, is the first book in a new series featuring Nikki Glass. Nikki is a 25 year old private investigator and a one-time orphan who unwittingly enters into a world she had no clue even existed. She is lead there by a client named Emmitt Cartwright, who is anything but human and had asked her to look into a so called cultist group that is holding his girlfriend Maggie.

This is a warning to anyone who wh
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf
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 par
First off, I hate situations like the one the main character, Nikki, finds herself in. Nikki gains supernatural powers through an accident because she is a descendant of Artemis (surprise for her), and now she finds herself immortal. Yay? Not so much, considering how she became immortal in the first place, and the pesky problem that is two organizations who want her to join them. Both of which are full of assholes. The only redeeming person in the beginning is Maggie, who seems like token Good G ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think the only realistic depiction I can give to me reading this book is this: *INHALE*

I actually surprised myself by being so into it. I put it on hold at the library, completely forgetting what the book was even about. So when I reread the back, I decided this would be a good book to read after a high fantasy. It's still a little bit of a fantasy novel, but more of an urban fantasy. Which is more "normal".

Pretty much from the time I got to the end of chapter 2, I was hooked. Nikki has a dry,
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“There is no lock strong enough nor wall thick enough to keep Death out," he murmured, his lips close to my ear so that I could feel the puff of his breath against my skin. The ends of a couple of his braids had found their way under the collar of my flannel night-shirt and tickled the base of my neck.
"Are you speaking literally or metaphorically?”
“Anderson sent me to give you this he said. I believe the subtext was kiss and makeup. This time I was sure I made a face. "I rather kiss a copperhead." I grabbed the envelop from his hand.

He laughed and held up his hands in surrender. Don't worry. It was only a figure of speech.”
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