Publisher: Pocket (2011)
Format: Mass Market Paperback | 325 pages
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Description (Goodreads): "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."
WARNING: Contains a few SPOILERS!
Ancient mythology makes the jump to adult fiction in this first book of a new series by Jenna Black.
Nikki Glass is a P.I. with a rough past. She's good at what she does and has been making a living off it for while. But her life changes forever when she accidentally kills her latest client and discovers she is much more than she thought she was. Turns out Nikki is a descendant of the Greek goddess Artemis and that means a bunch of people are very interested in her unmatched tracking skills... even if she doesn't know how to use them.
I've read a few YA books that incorporate the myths and gods of ancient civilizations (like Wildefire or Darkness Becomes Her) but I haven't found many adult books with this theme. It was a nice and entertaining read, but it wasn't outstanding.
Nikki was your typical urban fantasy heroine although I think Black portrayed her fears and doubts pretty realistically. It's very common in UF books to see the protagonists get used to their situation very fast and I think that's not very believable. Nikki had doubts about herself and her powers almost until the end and I liked that. I also liked the fact that she didn't hook up with any of the males on the first book although the way things are written it's easy to guess she will have a relationship with one of them... but at least it will be a gradual thing. Which is good.
The plot wasn't anything special or unheard of, in urban fantasy. Basically Nikki discovers she has supernatural powers and has people chasing her for them. She isn't really sure who the bad guys are, but it's pretty obvious to the reader as the bad guys do all the bad stuff, like torturing and maiming. So the story was pretty simple and at times unrealistic (the way Nikki discovered she was a descendant was weird and unconvincing).
I did feel that from what is shown to us of Nikki's powers she wasn't... worth the chase, but I'm sure she will discover she is extra-special later in the series.
Overall this was an okay read. It wasn't great as the story and the characters were undeveloped and neither was particularly good but it was still an interesting book. Plus the ending seems to hint at a more complex second book so I guess I'll be checking it out. :D