One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize
Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award
The New York Times Bestseller
Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post
"A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." --Neil Gaiman
"Gripping, action-packed....The literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
The epic novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
In the stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.
As Tracker follows the boy's scent--from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers--he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?
Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that's come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that's also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Filled with fantastical beasts plucked from ancient African folklore, the inventive first volume of Marlon James’ Dark Star trilogy evokes the expansive, immersive worlds of George R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien. But James’ whirlwind of pop culture references, outrageous one-liners, and proudly Afrocentric settings puts a fresh cultural spin on the epic fantasy genre. With his commanding, rich baritone and knack for creating distinctive voices, actor Dion Graham is the ideal guide for James’ magical, game-changing voyage. We cannot wait for books two and three!
I was simply shocked horrified and disgusted on my first take of the book. Not knowing the direction of the author or sheer vivid descriptions of some of the most horrifying acts against humanity......... I purchased this title because of the Game of Thrones tag and reference but I’d like to request that it be removed ........ well the positive takeaway of the most negative impression i received from this book is a new vivid understanding on what it means to be gang raped and sodomized!!!! I don’t think I can ever unsee that in my mind..... I’m really not ok with that...... never play audiobooks where u can’t readily access the pause button you might be forced to hear something you just didn’t sign up for ........................But outside of that I enjoyed the book the lands the superpowers it’s creatures.It is actually very captivating if you can get past the raunchiness. My honest opinion
Confusing - No real plot - Jumble of stories
Incredibly confusing. Out of order. Multiple characters that don’t fit into any semblance of plot. Just awful.
1 hour in and I knew I couldn’t commit 23 more hours