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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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

 
 
The Sunday Times Number 1 Bestseller and A New York Times Bestseller

'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. I cannot wait for the next installment' Neil Gaiman

In this stunning follow-up to his Man Booker-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James draws on a rich tradition of African mythology, fantasy and history to imagine an ancient world, a lost child, an extraordinary hunter, and a mystery with many answers...

'The child is dead. There is nothing left to know.'

Tracker is a hunter, known throughout the thirteen kingdoms as one who has a nose - and he always works alone. But he breaks his own rule when, hired to find a lost child, he finds himself part of a group of hunters all searching for the same boy. Each of these companions is stranger and more dangerous than the last, from a giant to a witch to a shape-shifting Leopard, and each has secrets of their own.

As the mismatched gang follow the boy's scent from perfumed citadels to infested rivers to the enchanted darklands and beyond, set upon at every turn by creatures intent on destroying them, Tracker starts to wonder: who really is this mysterious boy? Why do so many people want to stop him being found? And, most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Marlon James weaves a tapestry of breathtaking adventure through a world at once ancient and startlingly modern. And, against this exhilarating backdrop of magic and violence, he explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, the excesses of ambition, and our need to understand them all.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star Trilogy.

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 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

June 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 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): James Marlon
ISBN: 0-525-54277-9 / 978-0-525-54277-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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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