Compare anything to Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire and you’ve pretty much guaranteed I will jump right on it so when I saw Black Leopard, Red Wolf being teased as “African Game of Thrones” right on my hold list it went. But I’m going to need at least one more pass at this because I just couldn’t quite find my way through it.
It was like I could never quite find my entry point, like I was just lost and wandering at the gates. I did not finish this book on this first attempt. I want to try again, though, I didn’t find it that off-putting. Maybe it was my mindset at the time, maybe I need the right circumstances for it, but when I tried to read it … I don’t know, it was like the book didn’t want to be read. At least not by me.
It’s a nonlinear story based around the character of Tracker as he hunts down a very specific boy, following him into mystery and danger. There are dramatic bloodlines and family strife and outrageous violence. There are secrets and politics and night demons that stalk in the shadows. It’s all the best ingredients of an epic fantasy but I guess the resulting chili just wasn’t to my taste the day I sat down with it. Apparently it’s already been bought up to be a movie, even though the second two books in the trilogy haven’t been published. Maybe I’ll do better with a visual medium.
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