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Blood Colony

A Novel

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*From the author of The Reformatory—A New York Times Notable Book of 2023*

Acclaimed for her novels ranging from supernatural thrillers to historical fiction, award-winning author Tananarive Due imagines the story of an ancient group of immortals—a hidden African clan that has survived for more than a thousand years—facing one of the most challenging issues of our time: a devastating pandemic.

In this sequel to her Essence bestsellers, The Living Blood and My Soul to Keep, fan-favorite Tananarive Due introduces readers to a new drug: Glow. Said to heal almost any illness, Glow gets its power from the blood of immortals, and it’s up to the Blood Colony, a small but powerful group of immortals, to keep the supplies coming so that AIDS and other diseases will be wiped out.

Meet Fana Wolde, seventeen years old, the only immortal born with the Living Blood. She can read minds and her injuries heal immediately. When her best friend, a mortal, is imprisoned by Fana’s family, Fana helps her escape and together they run away from Fana’s protected home in Washington State to join the Underground Railroad of Glow peddlers. But Fana has more than her parents to worry about: Glow peddlers are being murdered by a violent, hundred-year-old sect with ties to the Vatican. Now, when Fana is most vulnerable, she is being hunted to fulfill an ancient blood prophecy that could lead to countless deaths. While her people search for Fana and race to unravel the unknown sect’s mysterious origins, Fana must learn to confront the deadly forces—or she and everyone she loves will die.

About The Author

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Tananarive Due is an American Book Award and NAACP Image Award­–winning author, who was an executive producer on Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror for Shudder and teaches Afrofuturism and Black Horror at UCLA. She and her husband, science fiction author Steven Barnes, cowrote the graphic novel The Keeper and an episode for Season 2 of The Twilight Zone for Paramount Plus and Monkeypaw Productions. Due is the author of several novels and two short story collections, Ghost Summer: Stories and The Wishing Pool and Other Stories. She is also coauthor of a civil rights memoir, Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights (with her late mother, Patricia Stephens Due). Learn more at 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (July 7, 2009)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743287364

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Raves and Reviews

"Blood Colony will steal your breath on every impossible-to-put-down page. Due is masterful in crafting this thrill-ride of a tale that was truly worth the wait!" -- L.A. Banks, New York Times bestselling author of The Vampire Huntress Legends Series

"An elegant, scary, richly exciting tale -- all that we've come to expect from Tananarive Due." -- Greg Bear, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Quantico, Darwin's Radio, and City at the End of Time

"The genius of Tananarive Due is in weaving an imaginative tale so expertly that the reader is convinced she has suspended time and all reason. After reading Blood Colony, her third installment about the mysterious sect of immortals from ancient Ethiopia, I found myself, once again, utterly engrossed in the heart-pounding odyssey of Dawit, Jessica and their daughter, Fana. Her storytelling is at once intimate and wholly epic. Her characters, though otherworldly and supernatural, are profoundly relatable and eerily familiar." -- Blair Underwood, actor and director, coauthor of Casanegra

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