The fundamental ideal of using African influences for the world building is fantastic it appears strange and familiar at the same time Unfortunately the execution of the story itself is so flawed as to make the book unreadable for most people As other reviewers have pointed out, it s so dark that I struggled to find any joy in reading the story There is so much emphasis on bodily functions, both sexual and scatological, it comes off almost comical at times because most of it is gratuitous and not germane to the plot Most of the characters, especially the protagonist, are irredeemable and impossible to relate to I couldn t find myself rooting for any of them, and the success or failure of their quest was meaningless to me Speaking of the quest, the main mystery turns out to be related to something that happened six generations back and this story line is abandoned at the end of the book as we switch to a simplistic revenge plot line instead None of this is helped by the mostly non linear story telling The writing and prose are good the author is very talented in that way but this is unfortunately a big miss on what could have really been a very original setting to an epic fantasy. Filled with gratuitous and rampant cursing, sexuality, violence and brutality Too much even for fans of dark fantasy I could not finish it. Wow Fantasy is not my usual genre and I was late to Game of Thrones and I ve still not finished the series but this this was amazing James has created a complex at times overwhelmingly so world set in Africa with characters that will stun you Tracker is a fascinating creature and his quest is one you ll find yourself barreling along with I honestly don t know what to write about this except to suggest that you try it, even if you, like me are not a fantasy reader I read this on kindle and would strongly urge others to read it in hard copy like, you know, book format because you will find yourself wanting to refer to the list of characters and to occasionally check things you think you read earlier That isn t a criticism by any means, only a suggestion to make this immersive read enjoyable Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC I m very much looking forward to the next installment. This book was marketed as Game of Thrones in Africa, or if Tolkien had used African mythology instead of Norse I see the logic of these representations, but these comparisons don t accurately portray the tone, language or violence of the novel.A much better description would be that it s like if Salmon Rushdie or Haruki Murakami wrote the Walking Dead The book is much closer to a work of literature than popular fantasy fiction in its style The storytelling is non linear, with stories in stories like nesting dolls, all told from the point of view of a very unreliable narrator And the content is much closer to the walking dead than Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones The deaths and rapes are frequent, unfairly doled out, gruesome, and gratuitous It s just that instead of zombies, the monsters come from African folklore and mythology.I personally really liked this book But I think several of the other reviewers did not know what they were signing up for If you re a fan of challenging contemporary literature AND the fantasy genre AND you have a strong stomach, you will probably find this book a rewarding read. A fantasy world as well realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter s It s as deep and crafty as Gene Wolfe, bloodier than Robert E Howard, and all Marlon James I cannot wait for the next instalment Neil Gaiman Stand aside, Beowolf There s a new epic hero slashing his way into our heartsJames is clear cutting space for a whole new kingdom Black Leopard, Red Wolf rises up from the mists of time, glistening like viscera James has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any Western mythology Washington Post A miracle If Charles R Saunders Imaro series opened the door to new ways of telling epic fantasy, and N.K Jemisin s Inheritance trilogy leapt over the threshold, then Marlon James Black Leopard, Red Wolf just ripped the whole damn door off its hinges Tor I can honestly say I cannot wait for the next instalment John Burnside Spectator Marlon James possesses almost frightening levels of talent His work is wholly original while paying homage to all the important literary ancestors An archetypal epic for the 21st century Forbes Black Leopard, Red Wolf heralds the arrival of fantasy s next great saga and reaffirms James as one of the greatest storytellers of his generation BookPage One of the most talked about and influential adventure epics since George R.R Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire was transformed into Game of Thrones Kirkus This book begins like a fever dream and merges into world upon world of deadly fairy tales rich with political magic Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fabulous cascade of storytelling Sink right in I guarantee you will be swept downstream Louise Erdrich Black Leopard, Red Wolfaffirms James s place as one of our most talented living authors Literary Hub What marks James s tale as his own is the wonder evoked through descriptive, unrelenting prose along with a focus on a distinct mythology cobbled from history and folk tale A propulsive narrative The GuardianThe Sunday Times Number 1 Bestseller and A New York Times Bestseller Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the kind of novel I never realized I was missing until I read it A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter s I cannot wait for the next installment Neil GaimanIn this stunning follow up to his Man Booker winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James draws on a rich tradition of African mythology, fantasy and history to imagine an ancient world, a lost child, an extraordinary hunter, and a mystery with many answersThe child is dead There is nothing left to know Tracker is a hunter, known throughout the thirteen kingdoms as one who has a nose and he always works alone But he breaks his own rule when, hired to find a lost child, he finds himself part of a group of hunters all searching for the same boy Each of these companions is stranger anddangerous than the last, from a giant to a witch to a shape shifting Leopard, and each has secrets of their own.As the mismatched gang follow the boy s scent from perfumed citadels to infested rivers to the enchanted darklands and beyond, set upon at every turn by creatures intent on destroying them, Tracker starts to wonder who really is this mysterious boy Why do so many people want to stop him being found And, most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying Marlon James weaves a tapestry of breathtaking adventure through a world at once ancient and startlingly modern And, against this exhilarating backdrop of magic and violence, he explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, the excesses of ambition, and our need to understand them all Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first novel in Marlon James s Dark Star Trilogy.
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