cover image My Soul to Take

My Soul to Take

Tananarive Due. Washington Square, $15 trade paper (432p) ISBN 978-1-4391-7614-6

Due continues the conflict between mortals and immortals in this thoughtful near-future supernatural suspense tale, the fourth in the African Immortals series (after 2008's Blood Colony). Phoenix Smalls Harris, a talented singer, is approached by Fana Wolde and her organization to assist in spreading Fana's healing powers through song rather than the "Glow," a drug crafted from immortal blood. Phoenix agrees, not least because a member of her family has succumbed to the Praying Disease, a virus unleashed by Fana's fianc%C3%A9, Michel. The bonds of families, lovers, friends, and fellow believers are tested as Michel tries to eliminate mortal humans and fulfill his interpretation of a prophecy while Fana moves to counter him. Due's immersive style encourages readers to delve into all of the conflicting viewpoints and agendas with a surprising degree of empathy, giving depth to a complex and powerful conclusion. (Sept.)