Review: Rogue Descendant by Jenna Black

Rogue Descendant by Jenna Black
Series: A Nikki Glass Novel (# 3)
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 370
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

The third novel in an action-packed urban fantasy series from the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books—starring a female private eye who discovers that she’s an immortal huntress.

No longer the leader of the Olympians, Konstantin has now gone into hiding. Konstantin is vulnerable, and Anderson believes now is the perfect time to destroy his nemesis. He orders private eye Nikki Glass to use her powers to locate Konstantin, and she balks at the idea until a series of attacks leads her to believe that Konstantin is gunning for her and Anderson instead of remaining safely in hiding.

Nikki’s search is complicated by Cyrus—Konstantin’s son and the new leader of the Olympians—who threatens retribution should his father be killed. The complications mount up as Nikki begins to suspect that Konstantin might not be behind the attacks after all. The only person who hates Konstantin more than Anderson does is Anderson’s estranged wife, Emma, who has joined the Olympians. And Nikki knows Emma would be more than happy if Anderson and his people embroil themselves in an all-out war against the Olympians—a war they cannot hope to win.

As Nikki tries to figure out who the true enemy is, she deals with her tumultuous relationship with Jamaal, who struggles to control his death magic. But being loved by a descendant of a death goddess is the least of Nikki’s worries…

 

Review: When I first decided to review this book, I thought the synopsis looked good and something that I would enjoy. I received the book in the mail and my nephews were with me and saw that I had a package and begged me to allow them to open it, so I did. They saw the cover of this book and they saw that there was a person with a gun and was just blown away. They thought it was so cool that I was going to read a book with a gun on the cover. I figured that this was a sign that I made a good decision that I chose this book to review. I wasn’t wrong, this book really was fantastically good and I was entertained beyond measure.

This wasn’t my usual romance novel, this was more in the action adventure genre. I know, not my usual fare, but I decided to shake it up and see what else was out there. I’m glad I did. I have a new author to obsess over and her books to buy.

Rogue Descendant is the third in the series about Nikki Glass and her living her life as a descendant of a Greek God. Could you imagine? I think I would need tons of therapy.

What I was happy about was that the reader didn’t need to read the other books in order to follow the plot as the author gave brief summaries of what happened prior so that it was easier to follow the story line. Thank you, it made things so much easier.

I loved Nikki, she was this woman who seemed to have fallen into living her life as a Liberi, a descendant of a God. She didn’t ask for this, or go looking for it, but she tries to embrace it and learn to find her balance being a Liberi and being Nikki the woman. It’s hard for her, as Greek Gods are unpredictable and are offended so easily, if anyone who ever had to read Greek mythology knows. The secondary characters are pretty awesome as well. They were presented to the reader sporadically, but they add a richness to the story and were entertaining as hell.

Anderson, is Nikki’s boss and wants her to hunt his enemy down and is a pretty determined guy. We don’t get to see what he’s feeling and thinking so he’s pretty mysterious, but I wouldn’t want to make him mad.

Cyrus was another strong character who is a devil in disguise and tends to drive Nikki crazy.

We also have Jaamal, who has some history with Nikki. What they have is complicated and convoluted. He comes off brash, aloof and unapproachable, but he has these moments of tenderness that makes me hope for more for these two guys. I’m a sap, I know it.

I always thought that being immortal would be pretty cool (in theory), but in this book, being immortal can be hazardous to your health. There was just enough scariness, humor, romance, and adventure to keep me on my toes, steal my breath and keep me coming back for more.

This book is similar to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. It has action, adventure with a smart, kick ass heroine who has a tendency to attract trouble even when she’s not looking for it.