Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
(The Dark Star Trilogy)

"Spilling copious amounts of fresh warm blood, this new fantasy by Marlon James has dipped into African folklore and myth to breathing new life into a genre that was in danger of stagnation. I had all but given up on anything contemporary resembling high fantasy, or sword and sorcery. Then this book hit, and what had started to seem old and stuffy now feels unique, shocking and challenging. As it should." - Recommended by Daven

"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.

Title Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Subtitle (The Dark Star Trilogy)
Author Marlon James
Publisher Riverhead Books
Title First Published 05 February 2019
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 640 p.
ISBN-10 0735220174
ISBN-13 9780735220171
Publication Date 05 February 2019
Main content page count 640
Weight 32 oz.

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