Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

In the 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 wo In the first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happ...

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Title:Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Author:Marlon James
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Black Leopard, Red Wolf
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:620 pages pages

Black Leopard, Red Wolf Reviews

  • karen
    Feb 04, 2018
    as you can see, i am very far behind in my reading challenge, and this book is largely to blame. i have been looking forward to this book for a whole year, and i?d planned on spending the day of its release reading all 620 pages cover to cover, with occasional breaks for restorat...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 25, 2019
    This may be an unpopular opinion. After reading glowing reviews of this book and listening to several passionate reviews with the author about his research and intentions, I was excited to read this book. It was quite a slog for me but I kept coming back to it to try to see what oth...
  • Roxane
    Feb 20, 2019
    This book is a lot--a labyrinth within a maze, an enigma within a conundrum. Beautifully intense prose that doesn't allow for lazy reading. Immense physicality--a very embodied narrative. The length is... a lot. I don't mind a long book but if you're expecting this to be a traditional ...
  • Thomas Wagner
    Feb 06, 2019
    [4.5*] Even if it weren?t riding a wave of pre-release hype based on its author?s reputation as a winner of the Man Booker Prize, Marlon James?s Black Leopard, Red Wolf would be a landmark epic fantasy. More than perhaps any recent work in the field since Steven Erikson wrapped t...
  • Ron Charles
    Jan 28, 2019
    Stand aside, Beowulf. There?s a new epic hero slashing his way into our hearts, and we may never get all the blood off our hands. Marlon James is a Jamaican-born writer who won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for ?A Brief History of Seven Killings,? his blazing novel about the attem...
  • Tatiana
    Feb 11, 2019
    I surrender. I can handle many things as a reader: The highly stylized, dense prose, when you don't really understand what's going on but just have to immerse yourself in a narrative until it starts making sense. All the raping and gore and general fixation on penis as THE ce...
  • Alex
    Mar 15, 2019
    My mom got me a book of African folklore when I was a kid but she didn?t check it out very carefully, and the end of the story is that it was full of dicks. Fuuullllll of dicks. I learned a lot from that book. One guy threshes grain with his dick. The trickster Eshu-Elegba is gender-...
  • Spencer Orey
    Feb 21, 2019
    Imagine the X-Men in a fantastical ancient Africa, on a wild roadtrip through nonstop magical terrors. It started a bit slow for me, but by 200 pages in, I was hooked. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time. Can't wait for the sequels and the movie. The violence in this...
  • PorshaJo
    Feb 13, 2019
    OK, I'm done with this one. I tried. Adding to my DNF pile, not to be revisited. I tried the audio. I love accents and this one was a heavy accent that required a lot of concentration on my part...and constant rewinding. I also had the print which I frequently had to use when I was con...
  • Perry
    Feb 08, 2019
    Not only do I not wanna finish this novel. I don't even wanna wanna. I was so looking forward to the experience. I sang the praises of Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings. I refuse to suffer another 400 pages after surviving 300 pages, nearly half a doorstopper ravaged...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Mar 24, 2019
    Eh, is this book for serious? Was everyone reading some book other than the one I did? This is supposed to be some kind of African Game of Thrones. At least it's often hyped as such. Instead, I got something like an obscene cross between: ~ the Aboriginal myths of the African trib...
  • Marchpane
    Feb 07, 2019
    Black Leopard, Red Wolf is an epic sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel from Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James. This is not literary fiction dressed up in genre clothing! What it is: fantasy at its freshest and most exciting, deeply rooted in African history and myth. Lone wolf ...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    Jun 16, 2019
    Brilliant, disturbing, intense, elaborate and ingenious are all words I'd use to describe Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Marlon James has taken the epic fantasy genre to a new level and in a different direction that feels uniquely his own. The setting is rich with African influences, superna...
  • Feyzan - The Raven Boy
    Feb 14, 2019
    DNF at 40% it's a pretty good book, I suppose. if you like them dipped in dog shit, cows piss and utterly rotten. If i were the publisher and someone had brought this book to me, I'd have advised them to consider getting some help. I don't know what is wrong with Marlon James, ...
  • Kyle
    Feb 23, 2019
    I don?t even know where to begin... Trigger Warnings: EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF... and then some! (Seriously, take my review with a grain of salt? I like obscene and weird shit, and that?s certainly not the majority?s cup o? tea. I like a multi-layered st...
  • BookOfCinz
    Oct 29, 2018
    ?Black Leopard, Red Wolf? by Marlon James is the first book on the Dark Star Trilogy. This trilogy has already been dubbed in the publishing world as ?the African Game of Thrones? and I will tell you why soon. The publication date for this is January 2019 but thanks to those ...
  • jessica
    Feb 28, 2019
    NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NO THANK YOU NOPE. to say this isnt for me is an understatement, but to claim this is a book for the masses is just a straight up lie. this has been pitched as one of the most buzz-worthy books of 2019 and i had really high hopes for this. but it takes...
  • Allison Hurd
    Mar 08, 2019
    I think it's safe to say that James is gifted with words, imagination and a deeply personal emotional well that he is so painstakingly sharing. It is unfortunate that the words he's most gifted with (and I say this as someone who loves expletives) are shit and fuck, that the imaginatio...
  • Tim
    Apr 12, 2019
    I couldn't get into this and is a dnf for me. 2 of 10 stars! ...
  • K.J. Charles
    Mar 14, 2019
    DNF at 88%, which is to say after nearly 550pp. There is so much amazing about this book. African inspired fantasy, huge sense of culture, intriguing cast of characters, lots of really chewy stuff to think about, lovely use of language, and some really striking ideas and turns of p...
  • Emma
    Feb 07, 2019
    It seems rather simplistic to say the book isn?t enjoyable, especially since I doubt that?s what the author was aiming for in the first place, but it?s certainly no easy fare either way. While it?s sold as a fantasy novel, it?s styled more in the vein of the classical poetic ...
  • Eric Anderson
    Jan 18, 2019
    You can watch my over-excited fangirl video review here! What a wholly-immersive wild adventure this novel is! Going into it I knew Marlon James has a talent for writing intricate sweeping tales from having read his previous novel ?A Brief History of Seven Killings". That book gre...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 03, 2019
    I felt oddly removed from this book at the beginning, and by the end I was crying every other page. So there's that. ...
  • Michael
    Feb 20, 2019
    I read and reviewed this book for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found; my thoughts also can be found on my blog. Full of violence, suspense, and mystery, Black Leopard, Red Wolf charts the adventures of an unforgettable pair of mercenaries as they hunt for a lost boy....
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Feb 01, 2019
    book: *is an epic fantasy* me: hm. ok book: *is set in a fantasy version of Africa and is deeply rooted in African mythology, complete with vampires, witches, necromancers, shape-shifters and double-crossing ex-boyfriends while on a mercenary job* me: oh shit. ohgh fuck!!!!! ...
  • Read By RodKelly
    Feb 09, 2019
    By now, one can easily identify certain features that define the "Jamesian" style: cinematic violence, shameless sexuality, perverse, sharp humor and wit, flawlessly rendered settings, and virtuosic, rhythmic language. There is also the strong presence of the fantastic: ghosts and spir...
  • Meike
    Feb 17, 2018
    Fuck the gods!, as the protagonist of this epic would put it, this clearly is a 5-star-read, and I don't even like fantasy! James takes his readers to an ancient, otherwordly Africa, where themes of Greek and African mythology merge into a sprawling tale about the battles between diffe...
  • Lori
    May 03, 2019
    Blood, Sex and Magic If you?re not put off by the violence and gross bits, then it?s a perfectly normal epic quest adventure. The plot is like a wild run amuck-garden full of enchantment and evil. The writing is lush almost to the point texture or smell. Equally true for t...
  • Daniel Greene
    Feb 10, 2019
    I have so many feelings about this one. Can't really see myself giving it a simple 1-5 rating. Needs a heck of a lot of discussion. ...
  • Chris Morgan
    Feb 10, 2019
    I really, really, really wanted to like this. At first I was deeply engrossed, but within the span of fifty pages, I had all but zoned out. The stream-of-consciousness style of writing with an overuse of pronouns over names, stop-start stacatto style sentences and abundance of coarse s...