Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black

Title: Deadly Descendant
Author: Jenna Black
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Nikki Glass #2

Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages

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Publication: April 24, 2012 by Pocket Books

Source: bought, personal shelf

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, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the Descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the “dogs” are really jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. . . . If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she’s got to catch him in the act. But when she stakes out a local cemetery, she ends up face-to-snout with a snarling pack of shadow-jackals whose bite is worse than their bark. These hellhounds are deadly—even for an immortal like Nikki. “Dog” spelled backward may be “god,” but that won’t stop Nikki from teaching these old gods some new tricks. Like playing dead.

Nikki Glass is a descendant of the goddess Artemis which makes her a rare commodity amongst the Liberis (descendants of different gods/goddesses). Nikki is able to locate anyone, even those who don’t want to be found and her aim is impeccable…a straight shooter who never misses her target.  Nikki been living with Anderson and his group of Liberis for the past couple of weeks, and is still trying to wrap her head around being an offspring of a goddess, figuring out her moon powers, and being somewhat immortal.  Nikki used to be a P.I. but instead of living at her own condo and working at her old independent job; she’s living at Anderson 24/7 and getting push deeper and deeper into the Liberi world. There‘s a pack of raging dog attacking white males all over D.C. and Anderson and the Olympians (the enemies) think it’s more of the supernatural variety…they suspect a descendant of Anubis is behind all the attacks. Anderson hires Nikki to look into the matter, hoping that if the killer can be found Nikki would be the perfect candidate for the job. Nikki not only has to deal with a crazy killer on the loose but also Anderson’s wife Emma thinks there is something going on between Nikki and her husband…and hell  hath no fury like a woman’s scorn.

In Deadly Descendant readers get to know more about Nikki, The Liberis and The Olympians.  Anderson, Jamaal (Anderson’s Liberi, descendant of Kali) and the crazy killer all has one thing in common…they are descendant of a death god/goddess. I thought the death descendants’ abilities were all so intriguing like death comes to anyone without a single touch, the ability to walk through anything solid, and create shadow animals and portals. I think the best part of the entire book was the budding relationship between Nikki and Jamaal, I love the tension but at the same time I cringe when I think about how the two were in book 1, Dark Descendant. Jamaal was hell bent on trying to kill/make life hell for Nikki when she accidentally killed his best friend. He hated her so much, but never did anything serious because he was afraid of getting kicked out of the house. Now, the two are slowly getting along, but not without a few bumps here and there.  Whenever Nikki and Jamaal got closer/along, Jamaal would pull away. It turns out Nikki and Jamaal have a lot more in common than I thought, both of them know the feelings of rejection, loneliness, and fear. 

Bottom Deadly Descendant was a great addition to the Nikki Glass series, and I can’t wait to see what Black has in store for Nikki and the gang. I highly recommend this series to all UF and PNR fans, and while I wasn’t blown away by the first book this book totally exceeded my expectations. Deadly Descendant was a nonstop action rollercoaster ride, with a fun mythology infused mystery and a sizzling chemistry of an unexpected couple. 

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