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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

(2019)
(The first book in the Dark Star Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
 
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

The New York Times Bestseller

"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.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"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 is the kind of novel I never realized I was missing until I read it. A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes 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. It's something very new that feels old, in the best way. I cannot wait for the next installment." - Neil Gaiman


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Used availability for Marlon James's Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Hardback Editions

February 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-241-31554-9 / 978-0-241-31554-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-385-69032-0 / 978-0-385-69032-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy)
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-7352-2017-4 / 978-0-7352-2017-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-241-98185-9 / 978-0-241-98185-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy 1
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-7352-2018-2 / 978-0-7352-2018-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
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February 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy)
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-984882-90-2 / 978-1-984882-90-5
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-241-31558-1 / 978-0-241-31558-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Black Leopard Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy 1
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-525-54277-9 / 978-0-525-54277-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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Audio Editions

February 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy)
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-525-52682-X / 978-0-525-52682-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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February 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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February 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Bond Street Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU