Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1 - Dark Star Trilogy (Hardback)Marlon James (author)
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Marlon James is a force of nature. Not content with merely penning a fantasy, at a stroke he rewrites the rulebook. A fever-pitched combination of magic, myth and history, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is set to hoover awards and convert the fantasy-agnostic.
‘A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's. I cannot wait for the next instalment.’ - Neil Gaiman
If Marlon James’s Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings was the herald of an extraordinary talent, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the undoubted conformation. Unstoppable, blazing in its kinetic binding of story, incident and myth, James’s fourth novel leaps on the conventional elements of fantasy and forges something absolutely fresh.
At the heart of the novel stalks Tracker, a figure who can seek and find anything. Told with hallucinatory intent from Tracker’s point of view, his bloodied, nightmare quest to find a lost child is a tale of myth within myth. Usually working alone, on this fateful instance Tracker is forced to draw on the help of others, a strange but capable band of misfits. Amongst their number is Leopard, a shapeshifter with whom Tracker shares a complex and savage bond.
Ultimately, their search is less quest than odyssey, its horrors compelling Tracker to question the value of his quarry and his own damaged intent. The first volume in Marlon James’s epic Dark Star Trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is fable for the now, a Beowulf for our darkened century.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 850 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm
'A game-changing modern fantasy classic.' - The Financial Times
'A miracle... If Charles R. Saunders' Imaro series opened the door to new ways of telling epic fantasy, and N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance trilogy leapt over the threshold, then Marlon James' Black Leopard, Red Wolf just ripped the whole damn door off its hinges. It’s a gift from Anansi himself. This book. This book. THIS BOOK.’ - Tor
'...a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's. It's as deep and crafty as Gene Wolfe, bloodier than Robert E. Howard, and all Marlon James...I cannot wait for the next installment.' - Neil Gaiman
'Stand aside, Beowolf. There's a new epic hero slashing his way into our hearts...James is clear-cutting space for a whole new kingdom. Black Leopard, Red Wolf...rises up from the mists of time, glistening like viscera. James has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any Western mythology...' - The Washington Post
'... a sprawling fantasy novel set in a dark age Africa of witches, spirits, dazzling imperial citadels and impenetrable forests...it feels new and exciting.' - Hari Kunzru, The Wall Street Journal
'What marks James' tale as his own is the wonder evoked through descriptive, unrelenting prose along with a focus on a distinct mythology cobbled from history and folk tale. [A] propulsive narrative.' - The Guardian
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