Hades Descendants by Nikki Kardnov – A Book Review

Posted October 27, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance / 0 Comments

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Hades Descendants

(Games of The Gods – Book 1)

by Nikki Kardnov & Cadence Price
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantasy Romance
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

An orphaned Olympian chosen to compete in the brutal God Games in Hades House… what could go wrong? Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Beware, Olympus, because this dark horse might be your downfall…

Every year, the immortals of Mt. Olympus assemble for a brutal series of games. Welcome to The Trials, where the offspring of the gods must compete for their immortality.

There’s only one rule: Winner takes all.

I’m just Ana, an orphan, a cast-off. Nothing too special about me… except for that one pesky problem I have where things die when I touch them. Yep, it’s definitely an issue.

This year at The Trials, everyone’s expecting Haven Knightfall to win. One of Hades’s elite descendants, Haven is handsome and cruel and perfect to admire from afar. He just happens to also be my own personal tormentor—except when he’s kissing the daylights out of me. Which is not confusing at all.

No one’s betting on me, plain old Ana. No one expects an unclaimed orphan to win. But I’ll stop at nothing to learn to control my powers, beat Haven, and become Champion.

Beware, Olympus, because this dark horse might be your downfall…

My Thoughts on Hades Descendants

This was an alright book, and a decent series. A bit familiar in tone and troupe, but it still held its own enough to stand alone and offer up a tale that tried to carve its own path.

Raised in Hestia’s house, The Virgin Goddess of Home and Hearth, Ana is a wild child condemned to pick flowers for the entirety of her existence… until her name is somehow chosen out of the sacred box, setting her up as a contender for the God Games…. in Hades House. It is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her, and the most devastating. She is untrained, unprepared and unequipped to compete, yet she has no choice but to sink or swim, participate or be stripped of her magic and sent to the mortal world.

Kinda fun and entertaining, this book flowed fairly well from scene to scene, though Haven’s initial attitude may be the worst part. He is a jerk, in every sense of the word. This isn’t a bully romance, though his general outlook may make it appear that way.


First Person, Single POV (Limited Third and Multiple POV)

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My Final Verdict on Hades Descendants

Fun and a bit flippant, this is a hidden power story at its most basic, complete with a heroes journey and redemption arc offered throughout the series. Kicking things off, this book introduces everyone, sets the stage and plunges them straight into the action. It’s an entertaining, though quick, read. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Hades Descendants

Published July 20th, 2020
224 Pages

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