My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

I read this book probably back in 1997 or so, and I absolutely adored it. It was nice to see- I guess you could call it “paranormal” story with African Americans as the central characters. It was a revelation, so this particular story will always be special to me.

This is not a review, but I will give you an extremely short run down of the plot.

The story is about an immortal who has started a family with mortals in Florida. He has a wife and daughter, which is pretty much a no no. The rest of the story is about how David, the immortal, seeks to protect his family and to keep his secret. I know that’s not a lot to go on, but trust me, if I give you too much more, it will destroy the fun!

You can probably guess some of the twists and turns the plot takes, but back in 1997 when I first read it, it was like the first time I read A Song of Ice and Fire… every twist surprised me!

These are the books in the series:

The African Immortal Series by Tananarive Due

#1 My Soul to Keep
#2 The Living Blood
#3 Blood Colony
#4 My Soul to Take

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I know this is a very short and not particularly detailed review, but I see this less as a review, and more as a way to call your attention to a fabulous series that you may not have discovered. With so much talk about diversity in television, movies, and books, here is one series that you can really sink your teeth into.

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