How did I get it: Gallery & Pocket Books SciFi/Fantasy Blog Tour Group on Book Blogs. Thank you, Simon & Schuster!
Why did I get it: I’ve been wanting to read this book since January. I love the idea of a series about descendants of various gods from all kinds of pantheons. (This title will also count towards my Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge for 2011.)
How I would rate it: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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 manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy.
But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .
Review: After giving up on a lot of books, it was great to finally get one that was hard to put down. Dark Descendant has a lot going for it. The world and the setting seemed considerably different from a lot of the Urban Fantasy I’ve been reading since it was free of vampires, shapeshifters, and other paranormal creatures. To be honest, I found that really refreshing. As an avid reader of anything myth-related, a book about the relatives of gods and goddesses from all over the place was a perfect pick for me. I can’t wait to see who else they find or fight against as the series move forward. Or to learn where the actual gods and goddesses are.
Happily, the world building wasn’t the only aspect of this book that I enjoyed. I was thrilled to read about a main character capable of taking on mortals and immortals alike without a lot of help from anyone and without being a heinous, sarcastic jerk about it. Her characterization was very solid and believable. The speed at which events took place was also really great. Nothing was dragged out and Nikki seemed to handle things in a much better way than other fictional characters in my recent reading past have. She struggled to accept new revelations and to find a way to deal with the new groups she’s forced to interact with, but I liked the way she came to terms with who she was and the relationships she was beginning to develop. None of them were romantic, but I prefer to have that sort of thing build over time and sometimes it is nice to meet a character who has a lot more to worry about than finding a boyfriend.
The only real complaints I have is that I wish the book had been longer because I was really enjoying it and I didn’t particularly like Nikki’s sister, Steph, although I understood the point of her being in the book. Nikki had to have someone around that loved her, after all so I’m glad it was a sibling.
In conclusion, Dark Descendant was a really good book that I think will appeal to Urban Fantasy fans. And possibly older fans of the Percy Jackson series who want an edgier, grittier, and much darker look at gods from a wide variety of places and their messed-up relations.