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Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1 Paperback – 18 February 2020

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A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's. It's as deep and crafty as Gene Wolfe, bloodier than Robert E. Howard, and all Marlon James... I cannot wait for the next instalment -- Neil Gaiman

Stand aside, Beowolf. There's a new epic hero slashing his way into our hearts...James is clear-cutting space for a whole new kingdom. Black Leopard, Red Wolf rises up from the mists of time, glistening like viscera. James has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any Western mythology, Washington Post

A miracle... If Charles R. Saunders' Imaro series opened the door to new ways of telling epic fantasy, and N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance trilogy leapt over the threshold, then Marlon James' Black Leopard, Red Wolf just ripped the whole damn door off its hinges, Tor

I can honestly say I cannot wait for the next instalment -- John Burnside, Spectator

Marlon James possesses almost frightening levels of talent... His work is wholly original while paying homage to all the important literary ancestors. An archetypal epic for the 21st century, Forbes

Black Leopard, Red Wolf heralds the arrival of fantasy's next great saga and reaffirms James as one of the greatest storytellers of his generation, BookPage

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, Kirkus

This book begins like a fever dream and merges into world upon world of deadly fairy tales rich with political magic. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fabulous cascade of storytelling. Sink right in. I guarantee you will be swept downstream' -- Louise Erdrich

Black Leopard, Red Wolf ... affirms [James's] place as one of our most talented living authors., Literary Hub

What marks James's tale as his own is the wonder evoked through descriptive, unrelenting prose along with a focus on a distinct mythology cobbled from history and folk tale. [A] propulsive narrative., The Guardian

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A spectacular, genre-redefining literary fantasy novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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Chris Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars "African Game of Thrones" - not even close.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An original and different fantasy novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars nothing like Game of thrones, dissapointing rubbish , no structure , no story logic, just nasty vik
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His usual brilliance!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why is this considered to be like GoT?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful written with lots plot twists
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