Ok so Doro is this immortal mutant thing who takes it upon himself to breed other witchy mutant things together to see what kind of witchmutant hybrids he can produce, sort of a Charles Xaviar meets Gregor Mendel. Apparently there is a book before this in which he presumably does a lot of that. At any rate, in Wild Seed he meets Anyanwu, who is also undying but who can meddle with her body on a molecular level, allowing her to shape-shift and heal herself at will. He is like, Sweet, I will breed this one with some of my finest studs and also MYSELF and perhaps we will create a race of undying things and it will be awesome.
But because Anyanwu spent her first couplahundred years NOT under Doro’s sway, she is a WILD SEED!
Being a WILD SEED she is difficult to tame and this whole bit made me feel kind of squicky. The whole book, actually, I found super off-putting. People love Butler, so I’m willing to give her another crack, but statements like ‘[s]he could finally be worthy of her husband and of her own womanhood; she could become pregnant’ send my ralph-o-meter through the roof.
But ok. So Doro takes Anyanwu to The America so he can BREED her (ugh) and they have rompy immortal sex and many childrens and then a buncha stuff happens (like, he marries her off to his best son, which, it’s your best son, so props for effort, but it’s your best son, so poorly done on not being gross) and she decides she haaaaaaaates him and they are mortal enemies but also she keeps trying to protect her many childrens from him (being immortal and excessively breedy = many offsprings) and they make truces and break them and LOADS of people are dead in the crossfire and I guess in the end Anyanwu gets to assert her selfhood and etc but it’s uneasily done and I mostly like books that leave me WONDERING but this one just left me confused about my own feelings, which I like less.
As I say, I’ll take another kick at the Butler can (people seem to like Kindred), but this book gave me the frownies.