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My Soul to Take

(African Immortals #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  794 ratings  ·  62 reviews
My Soul to Take: A Novel
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Washington Square Press
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readsoullit, audio
While I still love this series as a whole this book was just okay/a little boring to me. It was written beautifully it was almost overly wordy. I wanted more from the end of this series. Will be rereading this series though and will gladly recommend it to people. But this ending wasn't everything that I thought it would be. The growth in the characters and the progress of the story was NOT what I was expecting and I say that in good way. I love how deep this story goes I love the progression of ...more
Cherrelle Shelton
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the series, but I will admit that I was not pleased with the ending. It felt too easy for these complicated characters. I kinda wish I didn't read the Epilogue. The book/whole series would have please me more (and I would have given this book 5 stars) without those last 9 pages. Overall, I love Tananarive Due and I especially love this series.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i admire the heck out of this series. it's a genre i don't read much at all -- basically never, really -- so i lack terms of comparison and, perhaps more importantly, the language to talk about it. the way i see it, the way it talks to me, it's as a saga in which good and evil confront each other on the bodies and the minds of humans, pretty much like it happens in the real world, except, because this is literature and because it is the particular genre of these books, all taken up a vast number ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Finally...I'm done reading My Soul to Take. This time it took me almost a week to read this book. The first two books in the series (My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood) I pulled all nighters to read because they were just that compelling. The third book...Blood Colony not so much and My Soul to Take...well I'm just happy I finished it. The more I read the more I realize I'm just not a series book reader...especially those that span almost 15 years (My Soul to Keep came out in 1997); just too much ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I have absolutely loved this series, and read all of the FOUR books in just a few weeks (despite them all being 400-500 pages). However, I was not very happy with this last (??) book of the series. I really grew to love the main characters from the first three books (Jessica and David/Dawit) and I did not like them in this book. I found them weak and diminished and nothing at all like they were in the previous books. I also did not like what became of Fana in this book, although I understood the ...more
Serenity L
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
it was a good ending for this series. wasn't perfect and it was really wordy for the story. meaning the story could have been told with half the imagery. it seemed too much. plus I don't quite kniw what happened to Michel and Fana. and the need for Phoenix perplexed me. she didn't add anything to the story
Tracy Darity
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Soul to Take by Tananarive Due is the fourth, and perhaps, final installment of her African Immortals series. I have truly enjoyed this series, and as I anticipated the release of My Soul to Take I read several of her other novels (see my reviews).

The African Immortals Series, is a mixture of Sci-Fi and the paranormal, mixed with religious undertones that mix biblical stories with immortal beings in a good vs. evil battle. The series main character is Fana, whom we were first introduced to a
Jessica Bronder
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
The story begins with Carlos. His mother went missing in Puerto Rico then he receives a phone call that simply said she was dead. So Carlos goes to Puerto Rico to find out what is going on. While there, he stumbles into a group of people that are trying to hide a serious outbreak, which one of the victims is Carlos’s mother.

Phoenix, Carlos’s wife is a former rock star that is asked to perform a charity concert. Reluctantly agreeing to, while performing she finds that a lump in her breast is gon
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Carlos Harris has just traveled to Puerto Rico after hearing the news that his mother is dead. When Carlos arrives, he learns that his mother did not just death of nature cause but of something much worse. Bad enough that the government is trying to keep it under wraps. The only thing Carlos knows is that the virus is air borne in nature.

Phoenix Harris is a famous singer and wife to Carlos. Phoenix is approached by a man named John Wright. John’s employer wants Phoenix join them on stopping the
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this book was brillant. it is all about perspective. truth. faith. courage. compassion. love. redemption. healing. what can i say? i am elated to know that fana, the colony, and her families (old and new) found light in the mdist of shadows. the juicy details were delicious. the compromises are intense. johnny. alex. phoenix. dawit.fana. michel. and every one whose left on earth after the cleansing.....i feel my synapses firing about all the potential. the promise. the hope. the endless possibil ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, suspense
Tananarive does what she does best...weaves a story. A masterful tale that keeps the reader engrossed from start to finish. Even though I missed Blood Colony, this was easy to follow and so well written, I am going back to read Blood Colony and may just start from the beginning of the series.

Thank you for putting a beautiful end (maybe) to a beautiful tale.
David Anderson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The series, which began as a tale of Jessica Jacobs-Wolde finding out that her husband David (Dawit) is an African-Immortal with "Living Blood", has now come full circle as their "bloodborn" daughter, Fana, fights to use her blood, which has tremendous healing power, to cure the world's worst maladies, while her prophecy-designated betrothed, Michel (introduced in "Blood Colony") besets the world with a plague, part of the prophesied "cleansing" where the majority of the world's population will ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Boring....sorry to say.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was so..... disappointing. Great writer, I loved the characters originally but I feel like I was reading about totally new characters here. I found myself having to check to mas me sure I wasn't getting characters mixed up somehow. I just..... sigh. I seriously turned my nose up at how weak Jessica, Fana, and Dawit had become. And then! To have this powerful enemy in Michel and everyone turns into compromising, weak willed pacifists??? I could not have been the only one waiting for Fana to ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booktini
I usually don’t read science-fiction, but I really enjoyed this story. This is the first and only book in the series that I’ve read but now I’m obsessed and I have to read everything else. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because I felt compelled to do a little background research on the characters and I don't like my novels to have homework.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this the least out of the immortal series. I am so use to Mrs. Due making historic correlations throughout her writing. I'm still trying to figure out Phoenix's role in the novel. I simply loved the history in Joplin's Ghost, but found Phoenix's character irritating, and not plausible.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think I may have the first, and maybe only critical review of this book. I've been looking all over the internet for discussions and reviews but I haven't been able to find any. Due herself, seems to have lapsed in excitement with this book, barely promoting it in her FB page when it was released.

Im also ruffled because its a black author and I had such high hopes, and I loved the fact that I was supporting a black author, that she represented black women, that she was someone other than Toni
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, dark, fantasy
It's been a long haul to get through this series. I've liked it, but when each book is 400+ pages, with tiny type, and limited time to read, it makes for a long reading project. I started the first book at the end of January, and finished the last one days away from May. It also didn't help that I had to include Joplin's Ghost, which was another hefty book.

Speaking of Joplin's Ghost, the reason I read it was because the main character of that book, Phoenix, is a central character in My Soul to T
Ron Grant
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
For me nothing has yet lived up to "The Living Blood" in this series, but this is the book that has probably come the closest. I loved how Due was able to weave characters from "Joplin's Ghost" into this book and make it seamless. It's also really dope to see Fana grow into a woman from the little girl that she was in "The Living Blood". And I even had some sympathy for the main antagonist, Michel. Personally I also love how Due doesn't yet seem to be done with this series. Will we see Fana have ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this for women in horror month and was disappointed. An article I read hyped it for being very scary and it did not hit my expectations and if anything only comes off as slightly creepy. However as a urban fantasy/supernatural epic novel it did awesome! The world building is intriguing as was the story. Main characters are developed to a point where in meshes with the progress of the novel and the lore of the story leaves you wanting to know more. Will definitely read on to the second boo ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Anti-climactic. Imagine fasting for a week and saving your calories for a delicious cheat meal. Now imagine getting your cheat meal and it’s cold. The oven in the back doesn’t work. The cheese won’t melt. And your sprite tastes like spit. This is just as disappointing. The author did her best to keep the momentum going but towards the end it all just fell apart and worked out a little too well. I’ve been spoiled by Octavia Butler :(

I still enjoyed the book but can do without happy endings in sc
3.5 stars.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great series.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was confused in some of the storylines and I didn’t like the ending of the story.
Heather Turiello
On Tananarive Due
Before 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 creat
Kwesi Brookins
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good followup to the 1st three books. It had been a while since I read #3 but Due did a good job catching you up on the story although I did feel it slowed things down at times. But the story as a whole is a deliberate one with a lot of characters to cover. And although I would have liked more from some of my favorite characters (Fana's aunt and uncle for instance), Due gives just enough to catch the reader up on their lives and connection to the bigger story.

The writing continues to capture wel
Sarah Weathersby
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, kindle
The fourth book in Tananarive Due's African Immortals series takes us to the next generation of The Blood. Fana is the first child born to the blood of the Lalibela Colony of Immortals and must deal with the prophecy that she must join with another Blood Born of the Sanctus Cruor sect. The Sanctus Cruor sect had claimed the Blood was theirs alone.

I have read the other books in the series, and see in this one the development and maturing of Fana's parents, Jessica and Dawit, their love for her an
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
My Soul to Take by Tananarive Due is the fourth book in her immortals series and is set in the year 2016 when governments are striving to keep terrorists at bay and plagues secret to reduce the threat of panic. Glow, a type of blood that is warm to the touch, is being touted as the solution to the pandemic and disease problem, but the United States has banned the drug for its terrorist ties and unknown origins.

Fana, an immortal, and her father, Dawit, hope to help the human race by offering the
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I read the previous novels that lead into this one. It has made reading this book so much more fulfilling.

I want to say I love the way this book twisted my expectations. I don't particularly agree with the idea of the chosen ones. But if that's what we're left with, then I think Due has given us the best possible outcome. Uncertainty, discussion and tiny steps along the way are what will make the difference.

If we are stuck with only heroes to save us, then let the heroes be as
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Tananarive Due is a novelist and a creative writing teacher who has worked as a journalist. She won the American Book Award in 2002 for her novel The Living Blood.

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African Immortals (4 books)
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