Series: Patternmaster #1
Finally, a book by Octavia E. Butler that I didn’t hate!
I really didn’t like Dawn and Parable of the Sower, you see. So it seems like Butler’s writing got worse as time passed, at least in my opinion. I’m not entirely sure the ending was all that convincing since it seemed like such an abrupt shift, but it’s late at night and I’m willing to accept it for now.
Anyway, Anyanwu is a witch and she meets another witch, Doro. Anyanwu is immortal because her body stopped aging naturally and she’s gained complete control over it while Doro is immortal because his spirit keeps stealing bodies. Doro is the epitome of taking because he’s powerful without giving anything back (other than his “protection”) and is basically a kind of soul-stealing vampire. He seeks to control Anyanwu too with only moderate success. Wild Seed is the story of how they met and the first 150 years or so of their relationship.