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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star 1) - Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star 1) - Marlon James

Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Author:  Marlon James

ISBN:  9780241315545

Weight:  990 g

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

In 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 answers…

‘The 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 and more dangerous 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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 Gaiman

Marlon James’s writing can be at once punchy and lyrical; can alternate strange, dreamy poetry with visceral action; and can bring persuasive life to a kaleidoscopic range of characters…  Extraordinary…  A writer whose importance can scarcely be questioned.


He not only brings a fresh multicultural perspective to a grand fantasy subgenre, but also broadens the genre’s psychological and metaphysical possibilities.  If this first volume is any indication, James’ trilogy could become 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.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series Dark Star trilogy – book 1
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Hamish Hamilton
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241315545
ISBN 10 0241315549
Format Hardcover [pictorial boards], with dust jacket
Pages 620
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 161 x 44mm
Packed weight 1.095kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Mark Seliger
Jacket design Helen Yentus
Jacket illustration Pablo Gerardo Camacho

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