Steeped in African mythology, this unique, dark fantasy tale tells the story of a man with one wolf eye, searching for a boy who, according to the first line, is already dead. The task becomes increasingly complex as a mish-mash group forms, made up of beings who have more in common with The X-Men than with Tolkien’s Fellowship. James’ world is filled with witches, vampires, and shapeshifters, and drips with gore and obscenities. It’s also touching, devastating, and beautifully written.
- Recommended by David Tierney , Dubray Galway
In this stunning follow-up to his Man Booker-winningA Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James draws on myth, fantasy and history to imagine a wholly new world, in which a legendary Tracker 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 - as well as the eye of a wolf. Engaged to find a mysterious boy who has disappeared three years before, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a rag-tag group that comes together to search for the boy. Full of striking characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard, a witch and the giant-sized Ogo, this unlikely band follow the lost boy's scent from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers, 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 breath-taking adventure that's also an ambitious and 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.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star Trilogy.