Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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The New York Times Bestseller

"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, an African Game of Thrones , 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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735220171
0735220174
Branch Call Number: FANTASY JAMES M
Characteristics: 620 pages : maps ; 24 cm.

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For those who could handle a large cast of characters with ease: this book has been called the "African Game of Thrones," but let's let it be its own thing, ok? Full of fantastic characters, monsters, and maladies, this book follows Tracker after he is hired to find a missing young boy.


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jimmyreader
Apr 20, 2019

The first book I have picked up in a long time that I simply could not finish. The combination of extremely brutal violence and sex with just about anything(children, the elderly, animals)made the story simply revolting in my eyes. If you find your teenage child, or younger, reading this book, you should sit down and have a very long talk with them. Lesson learned: Just because a book is on the NYT best seller list.........

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becker
Mar 18, 2019

This book is in many ways a ground breaking work of literary fantasy. I'm sure I've never read anything like it. It is dense and complex and exotic. And so dark. It took me a long time to read because I felt I needed to read it slowly and thoroughly. I think it is a very finely written, imaginative piece of work. I can't say I loved it because that word seems too soft for this book. So I'll say that I greatly admired it - was even in awe of it at some sections, and I really enjoyed being along for the ride. I fully intend to read the next in the series. I love the way the author made you work a bit for the pleasure of the book. He demanded your attention. I always love that in a book. Be well warned - this book is not for a sensitive reader. There is plenty here to offend everyone.

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emfaha
Mar 04, 2019

I read about 75 pages and had a hard time getting into this one. I could tell it was beautifully written but I couldn't let go and get into the flow of this supposed epic, parabolic story. I hope this book finds its audience, I could tell it is definitely a wild ride. Also people keep calling it the African Game of Thrones....Roxane Gay said we should stop saying that and I agree. It's a horse of a completely different color.

DCLadults Mar 01, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Get in line early for this first book in a trilogy that's being called the "African game of thrones."

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Mar 20, 2019

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