Moon Witch, Spider King

Moon Witch, Spider King

Dark Star Trilogy 2

Summary

THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE REVOLUTIONARY DARK STAR TRILOGY

'Even more gripping and inventive than its predecessor . . . like Tolkien on ayahuasca' Observer


*Perfect for fans of Pratchett, George R. R. Martin and Octavia Butler*


In this mighty follow-up to his number one bestseller Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Booker-winner Marlon James once again draws on a rich tradition of African mythology, fantasy and history to tell the story of Sogolon the Moon Witch.

Part adventure story, part tale of an indomitable woman, Moon Witch, Spider King chronicles the antagonist-turned-antihero's journey from an ostracised no-name girl, hated by her brothers and made to live in a termite hill, to a woman with fully developed powers engaged in a long-standing feud with the Aesi, chancellor to the king.

Offering Sogolon's version of the events of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Moon Witch, Spider King is an unforgettable exploration of power, resistance and revenge set in a world at once ancient and startlingly modern.

'A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's' Neil Gaiman

'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



Reviews

  • 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

About the author

Marlon James

Marlon James is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, John Crow's Devil and the Dark Star Trilogy. A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first book in the Dark Star Trilogy, was a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller. The Book of Night Women won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. Marlon James is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul. He divides his time between Minnesota and New York.
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