Moon Witch, Spider King
Dark Star Trilogy 2
Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd
Published:3rd Mar '22
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THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE REVOLUTIONARY DARK STAR TRILOGY IS HERE!
Booker Prize-winner Marlon James once again draws on a rich tradition of African mythology and fantasy to imagine a mythic world, a lost child, a 177-year-old witch and a mystery with many answers . . .
*Perfect for fans of Pratchett, George R. R. Martin and Octavia Butler*
'Even more gripping and inventive than its predecessor . . . like Tolkien on ayahuasca' Observer
Part adventure, part chronicle of an indomitable woman - the witch Sogolon - who bows to no man, this is an unforgettable exploration of power, personality, and the places where they overlap, set in a world at once ancient and startlingly modern.
In the words of Neil Gaiman, James has created 'a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's'.
Chronicling the same events but telling a very different story - who will you believe? Read THE DARK STAR TRILOGY in any order! Book one, BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF, is available now.
'Moving, vivid, and thought-provoking . . . brilliant' Buzzfeed
'James masterfully flips the first instalment on its head . . . [A] titanic story of empire, adventure and power' Esquire
'Told with James' inimitable linguistic verve . . . Riotous, ultraviolent, dazzlingly inventive' Literary Hub
An epic fable drenched in African mythology. This is work that both meets the immersive worldbuilding standard in books by Tolkien and Martin and brings to the genre a voice unlike anything seen before . . . It sets readers up for what will undoubtedly be a superb finale * The Boston Globe *
Booker winner James's African-inspired imaginary kingdoms mark the series out from the usual run of epic fantasies, but his uniquely supple, powerful style is even more distinctive * The Guardian *
Black Leopard, Red Wolf and Moon Witch, Spider King are wildly inventive, genre-defining works of fiction on the level of The Lord Of The Rings and the Broken Earth trilogy that deserve to be studied, dissected, and argued over * AV Club *
An exhilarating tour de force . . . [James] establishes a new vision for the trilogy as a whole and confirms Dark Star as a true epic -- John Burnside
Moving, vivid, and thought-provoking . . . brilliant * Buzzfeed *
James cements his status as a wildly inventive and lyrical storyteller * Financial Times *
James masterfully flips the first instalment on its head . . . [A] titanic story of empire, adventure and power * Esquire *
Told with James' inimitable linguistic verve . . . Riotous, ultraviolent, dazzlingly inventive * Literary Hub *
A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's* Neil Gaiman *
James once again shattered my expectations . . . Moon Witch, Spider King is a breathtaking book, one that functions as well as a standalone as it does a sequel . . . This is a novel that begs to be read in one sitting * NPR *
Even more gripping and inventive than its predecessor . . . like Tolkien on ayahuasca * Observer *
This novel's prose style, inspired by the grammar of African languages, has an intoxicating swagger and energy * Slate *
James is one of the finest writers at work today, and Moon Witch, Spider King is a complex, enthralling novel. It is also utterly uncompromising, a book which the reader must meet on its own terms * Toronto Star *
A fantastical epic that draws on African mythology * The New York Times *
An imaginative story that advances the trilogy in a satisfying way, deepening and expanding an already epic world * Time *
Dimensions: 240mm x 162mm x 43mm