Marlon James Has an African Fantasy Trilogy on the Way

Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings, is releasing a fantasy trilogy! He is also the author of The Book of Night Womenwhich combined a violent story of slavery in Jamaica with ancient folk magic traditions. This time, James is dedicating an entire trilogy to African mythology, entitled The Dark Star Trilogy. The first book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is expected August 2018. The next two novels will be called Moon Witch, Night Devil and The Boy and the Dark Star.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the trilogy will follow: 

…three characters — the Tracker, the Moon Witch, and the Boy. According to the official summary, they are ‘locked in a dungeon in the castle of a dying king, awaiting torture and trial for the death of a child. They were three of eight mercenaries who had been hired to find the child; the search, expected to take two months, took nine years. In the end, five of the eight mercenaries, as well as the child, were dead.’ The three novels will unravel each character’s tale of what happened over those nine years — one perspective per book — as James builds a rich world brimming with African myths and legends, fantastical creatures, and other accouterments of his own imagination. 

James told EW that he was inspired by The Hobbit and Angela Carter, and hopes to dive into the vast universe of African mythology that hasn’t really been covered in literature. This will be James’ first series and first book since 2015. 

I’m so happy James is doing this! I can’t wait to read!



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