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Book Review: Black Leopard Red Wolf

Title: Black Leopard Red Wolf

Author: Marlon James

Published: February 5, 2019

Publisher: RiverHead Books

Genre: Grim-Dark Fantasy, Adult Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic Fantasy.

Official Summary:

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.


Rating: 2 out of 5.


I’ll try my best to make this seem organised but it probably won’t be.

This is a story that I could’ve really enjoyed, if it was written in a completely different way.

So, setting.I rarely got anything, and what I got was not nearly enough or disgustingly useless. I read that a character smelled like the ass of a man who rarely bathes four too many times. What the hell am I to do with this information.

The physical descriptions of the places visited were mostly lacking. We know on city builds their buildings stacked on to of each other unlike this other town that builds their buildings side by side and that was about it.

Every female character was either a half-written, abused side character or a half-written, asshole who was still treated terribly who somehow became a side character even though they were on the front lines when the story began. Males characters who were supposed to be seen as weaker or was supposed to be dislike was given some sort of female attribute and then repeatedly ridiculed and abused because of it

The male characters were written better than the females but still weren’t any better. Every character spoke amongst themselves in riddles and seemingly without a point, when there was a point the characters danced around it anyway.

The way topics like rape, able and child-prostitution where brought up and tossed aside or ridiculed made the reading experience so draining.

Th book itself did not need to be this long and the plot we are to about doesn’t even start until about 30% of the book has passed and even then most of the characters didn’t care about the boy and we were constantly given little side stories that weren’t any better that the main plot


The African Mythology was incorporated wonderfully into the story and it made a terrible reading experience just a little exciting.

There were some side characters that I began to care about (that didn’t work out well for me).


I guess I wasn’t the right person for this book, but I really don’t get the hype around this book. I’ve read what people who enjoyed the book had to say about it and I didn’t get what they got, but anyway.

That’s All I Got, Danielle.

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