Black Leopard, Red Wolf

paperback, 640 pages

Published Feb. 4, 2020 by Riverhead Books.


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4 stars (2 reviews)

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 …

8 editions

Hard to stick with it, but worth it

4 stars

I think it took me about 350 pages before finally getting sucked into the story. But when I finally got into to it, I finally found all the details fascinating. The story gets moving, full of action, stories, unique fiction, persona and lore. This is definitely something that should be read by all that love fantasy.

Wild ass afro-fantasy

4 stars

I usually drop fiction that hits me with too much magic up front, but this was so foreign, irreverent, and unpredictable that it kept me curious. Having finished it I really feel like I've spent time in an alien world. I'm not sure I like or understand all of it, but the exposure forced my mind to broaden somehow.