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Marlon James' "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" is a serpentine, epic tale set in a realm of evil monsters and villains and flawed heroes.James, who won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for "A Brief History of Seven Killings," a fictionalization of the 1976 attempted murder of Bob Marley and beyond, brings his storytelling acumen to territory more commonly associated with Tolkien and George R.R. Martin.The story is as much about the storytelling as it is about the tale itself.As with any monumental fantasy saga, "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" hits the required notes -- kings, queens and witches, fabulously evocative locales, deceptions and betrayal and more evil monsters than I could count.The best writing was when James was at his most direct.
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