Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Sometimes a book surprises you by the depth of the world it creates, the uniqueness of its characters, and the grace and fluidity of its story telling. James has created one of those books! In a world unlike any other, rich traditions and stories that seem to come from what might be Africa and yet not Africa at all flow into a rich wonderful tapestry. In it we meet two powerful and unique characters: a shape shifter (man and leopard,) and Tracker, the one hired to find what is lost.

Tracker is known far and wide as the one who finds that which is lost, so  it is not surprising that he is asked to find the boy. What is unique, though, is that the boy has been lost for three years. As the Tracker begins following the faint trail only he can smell, an unlikely assortment of characters join the search including the shape-shifter, Black Leopard, who Tracker knew previously, a giant a witch, and a swordsman. As they follow the boy, they encounter opposition from powerful unknown forces, difficult terrain and magical creatures that threaten and complicate their quest.

As the journey gets more and more dangerous Tracker begins to wonder about the boy they are searching for. Who is this he and why do so many people want to prevent him from being found? As Tracker moves ever closer to discovering those answers, he must determine, who is telling the truth and who is lying while also trying to confront the forces that seem determined to prevent him from fulfilling his task.

Rich and powerful this book is not your ordinary fantasy novel! It is full of graphic images of  violence, bloodshed sex and eroticism and contains graphic “X” rated language. But somehow it all works in a wild and strange way. James, the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” knows how to build suspense, and gives us entertaining and wonderfully original characters who almost leap off the page with life. This is the first in a trilogy and I look forward to see where Tracker and his band will lead us next!

Brenda’s Rating:****( 4 out of 5 Stars)

Recommend this book to: Ken, Keith and Marian.

Book Study Worthy? Yes

Read in ebook format.

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