Sunday, June 26, 2011
Dark Descendant by Jenna Black
However, when Nikki gets to the large, looming house, Emmitt is nowhere to be seen. She decides to drive up the icy road and loses control of her car when she swerves to avoid Emmitt, who is standing in the middle of the road. The out-of-control car still hits Emmitt and then a tree. As she lies on the ground, convinced she is badly hurt, Nikki is shocked when men surround her, angrily yelling at her for killing Emmitt and then kick her in the head.
When Nikki awakes, she learns a few things. Emmitt was a member of the house and used her to seek his death. The house is full of immortal beings, children of the gods. In fact, they believe that Nikki herself is a descendant of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. She doesn't believe them, but the tattoo appearing on her forehead and her speed healing cause her to pause. Not to mention her unsurpassed accuracy at shooting her gun or her new agility and speed.
The Olympians are a rival clan of immortals, and they believe in seeking and destroying all descendants who do not bow to them. Nikki isn't sure which clan she belongs to, even though the clan that beat the crap out of her tells her that they are the good guys! But when Nikki's sister is threatened, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
DARK DESCENDANT is a thrilling new urban fantasy with large doses of mythology. Nikki is a terrific heroine; complex, gritty and yet, she still retains her feminism. The world-building is fascinating, the cast of characters eccentric and compelling and the dialogue sharp and entertaining. DARK DESCENDANT grabs you from the first page and holds you in its relentless grip to its exciting ending. Don't miss it!