Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mr. James' fantastic realm was a delight to experience. Set in an ancient Africa filled with monsters, magic, and attitude the characters of Black Leopard, Red Wolf do not fit into your colonial expectations as a white reader. I found this landscape beautiful and treacherous and the characters brilliant and funny.
I found myself feeling the widest range of feelings a text has aroused in a long time. I was shocked, horrified, grossed out but then delighted, roaring with laughter, and at once in love with favourite characters.
My favourite parts are spoilers so I won't share them here.
All I can say is if you want fantasy but not the same drivel that's coming out of western society, then read this. It's fucking fantastic and I can't wait to read more from this author. I'll be getting the second book shortly.
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