Black Leopard, Red Wolf - Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

By Marlon James

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Historical
4 Score: 4 (From 181 Ratings)


Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize 

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award

The New York Times Bestseller

Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post

"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 novel unlike anything that's come before it: 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 truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.


  • Solid Read

    By Royal_13
    At first I thought this would be a book that I would give up a few chapters in. Both from my lack of interest of reading for the past ten years or so, and from how the book began. But then I got to the main story and I couldn’t stop reading. Solid read.
  • Disappointing

    By pileofbugs
    Some cool ideas mostly wasted in plot sludge.
  • Garbage

    By zordacme
    Filth, violence, unable to follow the story line couldn’t get my interest at all. Wish there was some way to get my money back. One of the worst ever of any book. I can’t believe the hype about this trash.
  • Black leopard red wolf

    By My Must read list
    What a nonsensical piece of drivel.
  • Read it two times

    By Narwhal Blue
    So absorbing that I read if first as a downloaded book then bought a hard copy and read it again right away.