Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson:
In 2015, after winning the coveted Man Booker prize for literature, novelist Marlon James announced his intention to write an African Game of Thrones. This is an ambitious goal to be sure (one that many writers would have balked at), but nearly four years later James has made good on his promise. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a sprawling fantasy epic set in a mythical version of Africa, and while it may share a genre with George R.R. Martin’s wildly popular series, it’s an entirely different beast.
The transformative power of good fantasy is on full display in this enthralling tale of one man’s search for a missing boy in a land of demons, vampires and necromancers, set against a physical backdrop that is as deadly as it is beautiful. It’s an astonishing book that has drawn comparisons with the work of Gabriel García Márquez and Cormac McCarthy, and James’ novel certainly matches them in its richness, depth and sheer imaginative power. If you’re a fantasy-lover on the lookout for an exciting new series then this is the book for you.
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy.
Following the lost boy's scent from one ancient city to another, into dense forests and across deep rivers, Tracker starts to wonder: Who is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying?
Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue - a mesmerising, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power.