Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Large Print - 2019
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"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?"--
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781984882905
1984882902
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC JAMES 2019
Characteristics: 906 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm
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Hired to find a mysterious boy who disappeared three years before, Tracker joins a search party that is quickly targeted deadly creatures. First of the Dark Star Trilogy.


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LauraSteinert
Jul 15, 2019

page one talks about the "goats they f*** for sport." page two mentions the
young girl too small for your big . . ."
I'm done.

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mel_audentia
Jun 24, 2019

FIVE STARS!
This site has too short of a character maximum for me to write my entire review here! :)
So, the major highlights to know:
1) This is NOT Young Adult. It is gory, horrific, brutal and (at times) very disturbing.
2) It is brilliantly written. James made me feel, smell and experience everything our characters did , saw and smell (even when I didn't want to).
3) The darkness of this book spoke to me on a very intimate level.
4) If you can get past Chapter 8 then you will be fine. That is the pinnacle of the gore and ickiness.
5) So many characters, maps, new monsters and creatures from African folklore; and so much more! If you want epic, elaborate fantasy this is it.
6) It is very long and sometimes drawn out. Like any typical epic fantasy there are dragging points and moments where you may feel lost. It all comes together at the end in a beautiful way but there are some slog sections.
7) I usually read a book in about 3-4 days (max) when it's 600+ pages like this one. This book took me 23 days. I needed time to digest, understand and take breathers.
8) I LOVED this book. It is immediately moved to my favourites shelf.
9) Our narrator "Tracker" is unreliable. As this series progresses it is said that the next book is the same events from someone else's perspective. So if you missed some things in book 1 I'm assuming book 2 will shed light. I think many things are intentionally ambiguous.
10) It's okay not to like this one. If you couldn't get through it I appreciate why. But please don't say that anyone who loved this book is an awful person. That is simple not true. Fiction is fiction. It's not like I'm condoning the actions in this book in real life. Instead I'm merely saying that I absolutely loved it for what it was; and part of that is that it is grim dark fantasy fiction.

This is a shortened version of my review.
My full review is available on Goodreads.

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augsburgerin
Jun 17, 2019

This was not an easy read due to the sometimes very graphic language and content - although if you were able to watch Game of Thrones you should be fine. The storytelling is also non-linear so following what is going on was not always easy, especially in the first chapters. I'm glad I read it and appreciated it more and more as I went along with the search for the missing boy but I can't say I'm feverishly awaiting the next volume in this trilogy.

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Ljparker5807
Jun 11, 2019

This book took me so long to finish. I never really got into the plot and I think that's why it took so long. I normally don't mind books with vulgar language, but this one is over the top imo. Not sure I'll pick this series back up when he has another book done. I found the plot slow to develop and too many subplots going on to keep my interest.

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Lady_Silver
May 27, 2019

Learned a valuable lesson with this book. Just because people tell me I 'should' read a book, doesn't mean I really should. I couldn't even get through 40 pages of this one. It simply did not make sense. I really cannot see the appeal.

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jimmyreader
Apr 20, 2019

The first book I have picked up in a long time that I simply could not finish. The combination of extremely brutal violence and sex with just about anything(children, the elderly, animals)made the story simply revolting in my eyes. If you find your teenage child, or younger, reading this book, you should sit down and have a very long talk with them. Lesson learned: Just because a book is on the NYT best seller list.........

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becker
Mar 18, 2019

This book is in many ways a ground breaking work of literary fantasy. I'm sure I've never read anything like it. It is dense and complex and exotic. And so dark. It took me a long time to read because I felt I needed to read it slowly and thoroughly. I think it is a very finely written, imaginative piece of work. I can't say I loved it because that word seems too soft for this book. So I'll say that I greatly admired it - was even in awe of it at some sections, and I really enjoyed being along for the ride. I fully intend to read the next in the series. I love the way the author made you work a bit for the pleasure of the book. He demanded your attention. I always love that in a book. Be well warned - this book is not for a sensitive reader. There is plenty here to offend everyone.

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emfaha
Mar 04, 2019

I read about 75 pages and had a hard time getting into this one. I could tell it was beautifully written but I couldn't let go and get into the flow of this supposed epic, parabolic story. I hope this book finds its audience, I could tell it is definitely a wild ride. Also people keep calling it the African Game of Thrones....Roxane Gay said we should stop saying that and I agree. It's a horse of a completely different color.

DCLadults Mar 01, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Get in line early for this first book in a trilogy that's being called the "African game of thrones."

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lukasevansherman
Feb 23, 2019

Jamaican-born Marlon James wrote one of my favorite books of recent years, the Booker Prize-winning "A Brief History of Seven Killings," and I was ready to read anything he wrote. I certainly didn't expect that he'd write a fantasy novel, which is part of a projected trilogy, that will no doubt be billed as the African "Game of Thrones." I liked it, it just wan't what I expected from him.

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