Title – “Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1).
Author – Marlon James.
Pages – 657.
Publisher – Penguin
Blurb as on Goodreads – 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 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 truths, the limits of power, the excesses of ambition, and our need to understand them all.
My Review – This Book is hyped everywhere across all social media sites. Specially the #bookstagram community is talking about this book and I solely picked it up because I was curious about the hype this book was receiving.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James is very much hyped as an African Game of Thrones.
James Marlon’s – A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize. Even though I haven’t read it. I was curious about his work and finally picked up his latest book that is, “Black Leopard Red Wolf.”
📙Let’s talk about what I, enjoyed about this book :-
📖The fact that James has created diverse characters from Witches to Necromancer. Shape shifters to Vampires and kids with special abilities was an experience to read about.
📖 The story is based in Africa which I was excited about. The Mythological aspect of the story was intriguing and I truly enjoyed it.
📖Couple of chapters do have such beautiful narrations that you will definitely enjoy reading them and will want to reread it again and again.
📙What I didn’t enjoy about the book :-
📖Story is about a mysterious Boy. Who has no name. Who is considered to be dead. There is a Tracker who is known for his ability to track down anyone or anything. He is known to have a Nose that can track anything. He is a well-known Hunter. He is engaged to search the mysteriously disappeared Boy. His mission takes him from one adventure to another. From one city to another. He faces endless obstacles and challenges yet the Tracker is set to know the secret of this Mysterious Boy.
He wants to know who he is and why is he so important to many. Though the tracker isn’t personally vested about it. It’s just an mission to him.
The Plot initially seems to be interesting yet there isn’t much to the story that is worthy of the hype the book is receiving.
📖The Plot and Writing is not something that everyone is going to enjoy. This is the Disclaimer that everyone needs to be aware of. It feels like the author wants you to read yet not indulge in the plot or characters.
📖I planned to #Dnf this books almost every day ( 300 pages in) and it felt that the plot isn’t picking up. We don’t have a lot to read about except unnecessary content that seems irrelevant.
📖The Tangled mess of Over Complicated Characters who just appear eventually to disappear after few pages was irritating to me as most of the book has an endless stream of such characters and situations who aren’t important or play any significant part in the story.
📖The Plot is extremely Confusing and you feel like you are going to lose your mind trying to keep a track of Places, Characters and their Powers. The story feels like a Drag. You don’t enjoy reading it and will definitely regret picking it up.
📖The story deals with multiple issues and themes and people need to be warned about the gory details the book deals in.
Trigger warning for – Rape, Physical, Mental and Emotional Abuse. War, Death, Sex.
📖Honestly this book isn’t anything amazing or fabulous. It’s just an 620 pages of drag that just won’t be every readers dream.
📖My Rating – 2.5/5.