This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Deadly Descendant
Date of Review: 06/14/12
Jenna Black takes us into a whole new world of immortals where the ancient gods of various cultures have given their descendants a seed of immortality. This seed allow the descendant to live forever, but they can be killed by another who is also a descendant. It sounds complicated, but Ms. Black does an excellent job of explaining all of the ins and outs of this new world.
Her story centers on Nikki Glass who has just recently become one of immortals known as Liberi. She had no idea this world existed or that she was descended from the Greek godess, Artemis. Now Nikki is trying to cope with both learning about her new skills and adapting to living with others like her. Prior to this life changing experience, Nikki was a private investigator. She still hopes to use her skills to help her in her new life and when Anderson, the leader of the Liberi, asks her to verify the cover stories of the Liberi in hiding, Nikki thinks she might have a shot.
What Nikki doesn’t count on is that a rogue Liberi who is using his powers to kill. With the hunting skills that Nikki has inherited from Artemis, she is the only one they can count on to hunt down this rogue and save the humans he is killing. Nikki knows that she must do what is right in order to save lives, but doesn’t want to get anymore involved in this world than she has to.
Added to her own struggles are her tenuous interactions with those around her. Nikki is trying to be accepted by the other Liberi who live in Anderson’s compound. She is struggling with how she fits into this new world and what it means for her sister and adoptive parents.
There is a lot going on in this book. The story has some romantic moments and the beginnings of a romantic relationship for Nikki, but it is more about stopping the killer that finding romance. Romance is not the priority for Nikki at this time. I think it will become more of an issue in later books as her romantic prospect begins to draw Nikki closer to him.
I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked that a multitude of cultures were represented. Not only are the characters descended from Greek gods, but also from Hindu and African gods. It makes the story more interesting as all of these people try to figure out how they can work together to make life better for everyone. It also allows for a group who think that Greek gods are superior, the Olympians, to challenge the power and objectives of Anderson’s group.