Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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 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 truths, the limits of power, the excesses of ambition, and our need to understand them all.

Title:Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735220171

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf Reviews

  • Roxane

    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 i...

  • karen

    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...

  • jessica

    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...

  • ????? ?

    book: *is an epic fantasy*me: hm. okbook: *is set in a fantasy version of Africa and is deeply rooted in African mythology, complete with vampires, witches, necromancers, shape-shifters and double-cro...

  • Emma

    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 this is no easy fare. While it’s sold as a fant...

  • Tatiana

    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 mak...

  • Jennifer

    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

    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 t...

  • Read By RodKelly

    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, ...

  • Spencer Orey

    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 f...