“I came busting into the world during one of New York’s worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter.”
Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn’t want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do “anything” to stay on top.
With the depression bearing down on her family and food in short supply, Cassie Logan isn’t sure where her next meal will come from. But there is one thing that she knows will always be there–the whispering trees outside her window. Cassie’s trees are a steady source of comfort to her, but they also happen to be worth a lot of money. When Mr. Andersen tries to force Big Ma to sell their valuable trees, Cassie can’t just sit by and let it happen. She knows that her family needs the money, but something tells her that they need the trees just as much. The beloved heroine of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry enchants us again in this story of strength and pride.
For South Bay High’s bold, beautiful Jayd Jackson, drama has reached record-breaking heights as she finds herself on the defensive at home, work, and school. Maybe it’s time to take her destiny and her power into her own hands. Her relationship with now-ex boyfriend Jeremy behind her, Jayd realizes drama is just a never-ending part of daily life. Even so, she’s reached her limit, battling with her new boss, jealousies at school, and tensions at home.
To deal with it all, Jayd is ready to give some attention to her legacy as one in a long line of conjure women. But that legacy comes with a line of rivals too and a couple of them are much too close to home. First, there’s Misty, Jayd’s enemy #1 and current girlfriend of Jayd’s other ex, KJ. Then there’s Jayd’s neighbor, Esmeralda, a conjurer from Louisiana whose crystal-clear blue eyes are said to be deadly. When Jayd spots Misty’s mom visiting Esmeralda, she knows something’s up and it’s time for Mama to fill her in. Turns out there’s a history between these families, and if Jayd wants to keep the drama under control, she’ll have to learn to use her power like never before and become the woman she was born to be.
Everyone obeys Doro. He has the power to live on in the body of whoever-is-nearby when he “dies.” That’s how he got to be 1500 years old. Anyanwu (Sun Woman) was just a few centuries old when Doro found her after stalking her, sensing her powers from across the sea. She had the ability to shape shift. She could morph into being a man or a panther, dolphin or an eagle. She really wasn’t to be messed with in her panther form. As panther, if she smelled blood, the force to devourer was too strong for her to stop herself from making a meal out of somebody.
He had to add her talents to the community of powerful beings he had been gathering for his purpose of saving the world. Once he gathers them, he cross-bred the wild seeds for even more powerful effects. Anyanwu obeys, as do the others, and is repelled by the insensitivity and cruelty he sometimes used to accomplish his goal. She even dares to run away from this forever-man, but he is the master stalker and finds the compound where she is mistress of healing.
Here are some questions that Octavia Butler strings through all of this incredible story: Does Anyanwu obey Doro out of fear or does subordination have its own sting? Which is more powerful: male or female, white or black, push or pull, creation or destruction?
Multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner Octavia E. Butler keeps you doing the math as different facets of being interact with humane and sometimes monstrous effects. She doesn’t reveal the victor till the very end of Wild Seed, an intensely engrossing, brilliant and far-and-deep reaching mystery by the Queen of Sci-Fi.