black borne by L.L. Farmer is an intriguing fantasy story that mixes seamlessly the brutal history of slavery with demons, angels, magic and witchcraft. If that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will. This was an unexpected find for me on Amazon, while searching for fantasy and science fiction books by Black authors. What a find! I loved this story.
Neema, a young girl born into slavery in New York in the 1600s, is suddenly blessed (and cursed) with immortality as she hides in a burial ground from white slavers. Her mother is descended from African warrior women, so Neema is naturally gifted with strength; she learns cunning and the fighting arts from a man named Priest and his village followers. Those skills will help her in her centuries-long battle against demons. The story works its way through Neema’s past into her present, which finds her back in New York city present-day hunting a rogue demon. Her past comes full circle when the police detective she encounters is a former boyfriend, who is not only surprised to see her again, but to see her now having not aged a single day.
black borne is an absolute delight to read and will have you continuing to turn the pages from the very beginning. There are more books in the series, and I look forward to continuing reading about Neema’s journey.