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Reach for the Dark stars

Opening book of trilogy is so good it should have a special place in the history of literature


Marlon James/Hamish Hamilton

The first in Booker Prize-winner Marlon James’s Dark Star Trilogy, Black Leopard Red Wolf is so incredibly brilliant, ingeniously constructed and authentically original, it promises to be a benchmark moment in the history of literature. Drawing on a rich tradition of African mythology to imagine an ancient world, a lost child, shape-shifting leopards, tribal feuds, witches, a flesh-eating monster and an extraordinary hunter, this is a mesmerising epic fantasy that electrifies the imagination. Tracker is a hunter, known throughout the 13 kingdoms as one who has a nose — and he always works alone. But he breaks this rule when, hired to find a lost child, he finds himself part of a mismatched group all searching for the same boy. Lord of the Rings meets Beowulf in this bloody, hallucinatory and thoroughly queer masterpiece. Beyond stunning! Out now

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