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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: Dark Descendant

Dark DescendantTitle: Dark Descendant
Author: Jenna Black
Page Count: 325 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Copy for review provided by the publisher in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less:  The gods are back in town, or at least, their children are; Nikki Glass finds out she's a descendant of Artemis (explains her superior tracking skills.)  If only the rest of her newly discovered world turned out to be that simple.

Greek mythology mashed up with the modern world seems to be a developing theme; it's no surprise, since the foundation is there for some really interesting combinations of stories.  Dark Descendant is a good example of this.  There's plenty here to like; lore, epic battles, drama, and a heroine that I liked from the first page.  This story has a lot to recommend it.

Nikki Glass as a narrator really worked for me.  I enjoyed her snarkiness and her observations, as well as the fact that she took care of herself and knew her own mind.  She finds herself in situations where she has to make the call about what is best for her, and she stays true to herself, even if that might bring consequences later. I mean, when you can't die, the possibilities for consequences get pretty dire.

I liked the added elements that put a twist on well-known myths (in this world, for example, children of immortals only become immortal from killing someone who's already immortal) and the factions of characters that added to the drama and the tension.  This is a book I can see myself rereading to grab some of the details on the next pass.

I'd never read anything by this author prior to now but I can see that changing in the future.  For folks looking for a straight up urban fantasy story with elements of Greek myths and a heroine that works on many levels, this would be a good bet.

Overall Grade: B
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