"Black Leopard, Red Wolf is chillingly original. In Marlon James’s epic, the extremes of fiction become obsolete—creatures and landscapes stretch the confines of imagination, villains drip with unparalleled horror and revulsion, fantasy tropes get squashed and replaced. The novel follows Tracker, a vengeful and violent hunter with a legendary nose, as he searches for a boy who’s been missing for years. James envelops you in Tracker’s quest, but the real reason you’re reading is clear: to be wholly submerged in a mythological, jarring, ancient Africa, a place where demons whisper the fears of your heart and forests steal your time, a world so unbelievable and terrible you’ll forget to come up to breathe.”
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.