Monday 28 February 2022

Book Review: Moon Witch, Spider King (Dark Star #2) by Marlon James

Title: Moon Witch, Spider King (Dark Star #2)
Author: Marlon James
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Publication Date: 3 March 2022
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

In this stunning follow-up to Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James draws on a rich tradition of African mythology, fantasy and history to imagine an ancient world, a lost child, an extraordinary hunter, and a mystery with many answers...
Marlon James weaves a tapestry of breathtaking adventure through a world at once ancient and startlingly modern. And, against this exhilarating backdrop of magic and violence, he explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, the excesses of ambition, and our need to understand them all.


Having enjoyed Black Leopard, Red Wolf, I was interested to see where Moon Witch, Spider King would take us. It was certainly fun to experience Sogolon's backstory and see her perspective of her encounters with Tracker, which we saw from his POV in book one. It was also great to get a female perspective after the masculine world of Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Initially, this volume had a clearer narrative arc than book one; however, as the stories merged towards the end, things became a little less distinct, so you had to pay careful attention as you read. I continue to be intrigued by the world building and myth of this series, and I am keen to see what will happen in the concluding volume.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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