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Not only does this book come with a hefty cast of characters like Seven Killings , there are also shape shifters, fairies, trolls, and, apparently, a map. The map might be handy.
But it might be the opposite of why you come to James—to get lost in him. James is clear-cutting space for a whole new kingdom. James has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any Western mythology, and nobody who survives reading this book will ever forget it.
That thunder you hear is the jealous rage of Olympian gods. Absolutely brilliant.
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Martin, J. Tolkien, J. Rowling, etc. 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.
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It's something very new that feels old, in the best way. I cannot wait for the next installment.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fabulous cascade of storytelling. Sink right in.
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I guarantee you will be swept downstream. Black Leopard delivers some genre-specific satisfactions: the fight scenes are choreographed with comic-book wit.
But it deliberately upends others. When I first saw the news that James was writing a fantasy trilogy, I had assumed that, after reaching the pinnacle of critical acclaim, with the Booker, he was pivoting to the land of the straightforward best-seller.
In a genre dominated by imagery derived from the European middle ages, Black Leopard, Red Wolf feels new and exciting. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
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