This sequel to My Soul to Keep, from best-selling author and two-time Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due, is a breathtaking supernatural thriller.
After the disappearance of her immortal husband, David, Jessica Jacobs-Wolde must come to terms with the healing blood David gave to her and their daughter, Fana. As Fana’s powers grow, mother and daughter are swept into an epic battle to determine the fate of humankind.
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With so many good books to read/listen to, I most likely would move on to something new. Although, I did really enjoy this title!!
I would probably have to say that discovering the true nature and history of the blood was one of the more captivating moments.
Mr. James brought most of the characters to life, but Lucas really stood out.
There were a few.
As stated in my headline, I thought this title to be both outstanding and original. I've listened to many books since joining Audible, most of which were entertaining, although not all had that special something that captured my full interest and attention. This is a standout, and I would recommend it to those looking for an all around good story. I don't really understand the review posted by Josh. Well, to each his own I guess.
Narrator note: Although Peter Francis James has an awesome voice and did a wonderful job narrating, there were times it sounded as if he were sucking on a cough drop or something. Other times you could hear him swallowing (a little distracting). Maybe the sound engineers should try filtering some of that stuff out. Other than that, great book.
Utterly amazing! This author is brilliant. I'm new to this author but she is so underrated!!! I couldn't stop listening to this book! It's worth the price and you won't be disappointed. The narrator is perfect, the plot is superb. I am a Dean Koontz, Stephen King fan. But Tananarive Due's books surpass their best works! Please don't stop writing Ms. Due!!!!
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
On Tananarive DueBefore I read the African Immortals series, I picked up The Good House by an author I had never read or heard of before, Tananarive Due. I've read two of Octavia Butler's books and love her works, so when I saw something in my reading that Tananarive Due dedicated her books to Butler, I was eager to give it a try. I really LOVED The Good House and went straight to My Soul to Keep.Due is definitely one of my new favorite authors. The thing that I like the best is her way of creating central characters that are truly neither good nor bad. The bad guys have great traits and loyalties and the good guys do some really, really bad stuff.On the African Immortals SeriesShe's done an outstanding job at world building in the African Immortals. In this series, she's built some really complex discrimination and prejudices with the Immortals (who are mostly African and Middle Eastern) towards the mortals, calling them monkeys. I find myself stopping to think about how the immortals have lived so many lifetimes, knowing that the mortals they live with will die sooner or later, and consequently devaluing the mortals' lives significantly. They're going to die anyway, right? So if I kill a few, no big deal... And you find yourself reading along and really wanting to love Dawit, despite the fact that he's a cold killer just as an example. Due has such a wonderful opportunity to delve into some of the morality around these prejudices, flip flopping who has the power...and she uses the opportunity well.On My Soul to TakeI started this book apprehensively. The paperback I read wasn't too thick and I was sure that meant I was going to be disappointed at it ending too soon. It's not a cliffhanger ending and I really hope there's more to come, but if there's not, the story has been well told. Without including spoilers, I'll just say that every single character stumbles at some point in the book. Even the immortals, as close to gods as they are, are very human and fallible. They make tragic mistakes and some of them cause a great deal of pain for and disappointment by their loved ones.The other part of this book that I loved was how Tananarive Due describes the relationship and pairing of Fana and Michel.
I read the first three books years ago, and just recently got reacquainted with my favorite black authors work and to my surprise a new book, My Soul To Take! I was so excited! Now I need just one more along that series, My Soul To Give? Maybe? Keep writing Ms Due you have a true fan in me!
This was a an awesome story! I only gave it four stars because the author can be a bit long winded. It's still very worth the listen and I do recommend it!
The Good House was my first Tananarive Due experience and it was quite the listen. I was completely taken not only by the story but by the reader as well. So when I began The Living Blood, well, let's just say I had to convince myself to stick to it.
The story itself is captivating for sure but the reader's style took me a while to get used to. It felt as if he were just forced to read the darned thing to me and wanted to make sure I knew it. For a while there, I was toying with the idea of just returning it and getting another audiobook but because I wanted to know how the story unfolds, I stuck to it.
Then after a long time, I think it was during the second portion (the second download) that I realized I didn't mind his way of reading anymore and that it sort of made sense. Can't explain that one. I'm glad I kept going, though, because the story itself didn't disappoint.
the story was difficult to finish and lacked continuity but that really wasn't the biggest problem. the narrator seems incapable of speaking more than 5 words without stopping. it often confuses the meaning in the author's sentence. I enjoyed another book by this author and gave it 5 stars so I have to wonder if the narration is the problem in this one. I will not be reading the other books in this series.
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