Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1) by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

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 ...

Details Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

TitleBlack Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Adult

Reviews Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

  • 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 is... a lot. I don't mind a long book but if you're expecting this to be a traditional fantasy novel you're going to get smacked in the face. The plot is meandering and elusive. There are a hundred characters and settings. Epic is truly the word for t...
  • 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 release reading all 620 pages cover to cover, with occasional breaks for restorative snacks. that was the plan.insert laughter of god(s). instead, this took me nearly a week to get through. it’s certainly possible for a human to read it in one ver...
  • 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 most buzz-worthy books of 2019 and i had really high hopes for this. but it takes a very particular kind of person to enjoy this story, and that person is definitely not me. i have a lot of thoughts about this, so bear with me. honestly, this is the...
  • 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 fantasy novel, it’s styled more in the vein of the classical poetic tradition, an inventive and challenging blend of imagination, myth, and history. Of course, the African foundation brings with it different types of stories and forms than those which ...
  • 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 the adventures of an unforgettable pair of mercenaries as they hunt for a lost boy. Taking place in a fictional continent based on Iron Age Africa, the colossal, six-part tale hybridizes fantasy, historical fiction, and epic. In terse but intricately ...
  • 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, rhythmic language. There is also the strong presence of the fantastic: ghosts and spirits, obeah women and demons who haunt the pages of his visceral stories.Black Leopard, Red Wolf finds Marlon James at the peak of his powers, unafraid to shed the c...
  • 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 for a long time. Can't wait for the sequels and the movie. The violence in this book (especially the ceaseless sexual violence) can be very challenging and disturbing, but I think it makes a strong point that written violence should feel disturbing. I...
  • Feyzan - The Raven Boy
    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, but I am pretty sure something is malfunctioning in his brain. Whatever the case, I am really curious to know what was going on in his life when he decided to write this boo...
  • Meike
    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 different tribes and kingdoms, all of them with their own beliefs, powers, and cultures. We join our narrator Tracker, who possesses the gift of a heightened sense of sm...
  • Marchpane
    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 Tracker and a rag tag bunch of shapeshifters, witches and mercenaries reluctantly team up to locate a missing child, encountering along the way all manner of winged demo...
  • Eric Anderson
    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 greatly enhanced his international prominence having won the Booker Prize in 2015. That same year I was one of the judges of The Green Carnation Prize and we also selected...
  • Ron Charles
    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 attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Now, James is clear-cutting space for a whole new kingdom. “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” the first spectacular volume of a planned tr...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    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 tribes, ~ blatant YA intermixed with hopelessly flat adult situations seemingly happening on each page,- pointlessly gorish description of a bunch of adventures happening all o...
  • BookOfCinz
    “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 amazing people over at Riverhead Books I get an early peek into this enthralling tale. We meet the main character Tracker, a hunter who is know for his nose- once he...
  • Daniel Greene
    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.
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    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 others were seeing. Around halfway, the parts did coalesce and I felt I could finally sink into the story, but it also grew in violence at this point. So I take issue with...
  • Kyle
    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 story that may seem pretentious on the surface, but deeply nuanced under the grimy film on top.)*What follows is not a coherent review, but just tidbits I jotted down while r...
  • Chris Morgan
    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 sex just rubbed me wrong. The setting is rich, but almost glossed over. Characters are archetypal and dialogue is often a tedious back and forth of riddles where not...
  • Alex
    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-fluid with a ten-foot dick.“It was a very sensual and sensory world," says Marlon James, who’s woven African folktales - their tricksters and their shape-changi...
  • Thomas Wagner
    [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 the Malazan Book of the Fallen, this is a story that takes the “epic” aspect of the genre seriously and takes a running jump into the deep end with both feet.Bla...
  • Stephen Robert Collins
    This is biggest surprise of 2019 a complete different style of writing from his Man Booker Prize book it is as if JRR Tolkien had written a book on Malcolm X.His style has changed but could be that this what he wanted to write originally but Killings got him famous so then do this black fantasy not enough black fantasy authors around .This very unusual complex book with mapsI love the Cover of this it stands out well it really says 'read me, read...
  • Dax
    I received an ARC from Riverhead Books through the goodreads giveaway program.This has a chance to be an impactful book. 'Black Leopard Red Wolf' feels raw; gritty even. It is graphic in its violence and sexuality and is far removed from the romanticized fantasy of Tolkien, Jordan or even Rothfuss. Maybe more like Martin, although I have not read 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. Gaiman's blurb was spot on when he called it hallucinatory; several events ...
  • Allison Hurd
    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 imagination did not come with a story as a vehicle for exploring this world, and that the personal was so personal it cut me off from it.CONTENT WARNING: if you have most of ...
  • Dave
    "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" is a novel unlike any I have ever read before both in content, in structure, in attitude, and its uniqueness is both a blessing and a curse. James offers us a fantasy adventure story that takes place in Africa perhaps in the mid-1500's among numerous West African kingdoms, set around lakes, rivers, mountains, swamps, and dark forbidding fantasylands that many would prefer to travel around than to go straight through. It ...