My Soul to Take

My Soul to Take

by Tananarive Due
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My Soul to Take by Tananarive Due

Essence bestselling and award-winning author Tananarive Due delivers a heart-stopping new novel continuing the story of descendants of an immortal line of people who are the only ones capable of saving the world.

Fana, an immortal with tremendous telepathic abilities, is locked in a battle of wills. Her fiancé is Michel. But Johnny Wright, a mortal who is in love with her, believes that if she doesn’t stay away from Michel, they will become the Witnesses to the Apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation.

Fana and the Life Brothers are rushing to distribute their healing “Living Blood” throughout the world, hoping to eliminate most diseases before Fana is bound to marry Michel. Still, they cannot heal people faster than Michel can kill them. Due weaves a tangled web in this novel, including beloved characters from her bestselling Joplin’s Ghost, in a war of good against evil, making My Soul to Take a chilling and thrilling experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439176146
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,252,103
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tananarive Due is an American Book Award-winning, Essence bestselling author of Blood Colony, The Living Blood, The Good House, and Joplin’s Ghost. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her blog at

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My Soul to Take 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2016 California, Clarion World Health Corporation public relations director John Wright persuades retired musical superstar Phoenix Smalls Harris (see Joplin's Ghost) to let him in her house to talk. When he realizes she is alone he lectures her for allowing a stranger into her home. He explains his employer (Immortal) Fana Wolde wants the singer to heal the world through music rather than just the firm's incredible drug Glow that comes from the blood of immortals. Whereas much of the world has legalized Glow's use, the United States refuses claiming terrorist ties, but many insist the pharmaceutical industry thrives on the sick not the healthy. A mother of a seven year old son, Phoenix agrees to perform as she still does a rare concert to raise money and awareness like she did for Haiti. She is willing because she knows people are suffering from the Praying Disease that Fana's fiancé, Michel deployed on an unsuspecting world. This Immortal believes humans must become extinct to fulfill the Book of Revelation's Apocalypse. Only Fana and her Life Brothers can stop the Immortal she is destined to marry, but his kill rate far surpasses their heal rate. The latest thought provoking African Immortals thriller (see Blood Colony and The Living Blood) is a powerful poignant tale as mortals with immortal allies battle for their existence with other immortals. The story line is globally loaded with action, but character driven by the key players as well as those caught in the crossfire. Readers will appreciate this tale with clever ties to Joplin's Ghost as Tananarive Due will receive plenty of deserved accolades for her insightful exciting war of species cleansing in the name of God. Harriet Klausner
ctfranklin28 More than 1 year ago
Pros: Excellent story, excellent action, strong characters Cons: Ending seemed a bit rushed and confusing Summary: This book completes the African Immortals series after Fana, an African Immortal, is nearing adulthood and her wedding to the much-older Michel, another African Immortal who threatens to cleanse the whole mortal world in the "Cleansing". (Fana's marriage, which is alluded to as part of the Immortal's prophecy, delays the "Cleansing".) In the meantime, Fana and her motley group who have become a colony are continuing their mission of helping who they can with what they can. As the marriage between Fana and Michel gets closer, the world has to contend with two immortals who can end a mortal life's with a stray thought and a group of fanatics who would do anything to make sure they survive. Comments: Tannanarive Due is one of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi writers ever, so I was overjoyed to read the conclusion of the African Immortals series. When I read the second book in the African Immortals series, "The Living Blood", I was overwhelmed by a book that featured Africans and African-Americans in a genre that didn't feature that race at all (or minimally). This book did not disappoint in terms of action or mystery. Fana is an mysterious as ever as the immortals. There is also more at stake and a looming deadline which creates an urgency in this book, compared to the others in the series. I enjoyed it! My only problem was with the ending. I was a little confused by the ending battle because it happens so fast and then the happy conclusion comes so quickly that I was left saying "What?" Other than that, it was an incredible book!
reneemYM More than 1 year ago
I Love this series!! Wish the ending could have been a little different but i enjoyed the book...
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What a great ending to this series or it it! Was greatbto see Fana come full cirlce and also the Phonix was tied to this book from Joplin's Ghost. This is a must read but please start with the first book
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First of all you have to have read all the other books in this series to fully get whats going on. I sat on the the edge of my seat for years waiting on this installment and boy was it worth it. My hats off to mrs Due. Now Im waiting on any thing else she writes!! She is only my favorite author:)
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JBronder More than 1 year ago
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 gone along with a stomach bug that Carlos picked up. The people in the audience are also cured. We learn that Fana, an immortal that has healing properties in her blood, treated everyone at the concert. But she took a risk to do so. The immortals are all former people that have been given blood to keep them immortal except for Fana and Michael. They are the only two immortals that were born immortal. Although they are destined to marry, they have different feelings on humans. Michael thinks that humans are a plague on this earth and has been using his blood to start all the different outbreaks of illnesses around the world. Fana feels that they should protect everything and everyone so she has been trying to heal all the outbreaks. The story is mainly a conflict between Michael and Fana and within Fana about what she should do with her engagement to Michael. I didn't realize that this was the last book in the African Immortals series. I'm sure if I read the series from the beginning I might have felt differently about it. There is a good basic plot but I got bored with the back and forth between Fana and Michael. I could not even finish the book. I admit that I looked at the few other reviews out there and saw that Phoenix was supposed to be immortal but when I skimmed the rest of the book I didn't really see much about her. It might have been a good book, but this one was not my cup of tea. I received this book free from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab Newsletter.