Marlon James’s Next Book Will Be 'African Game Of Thrones'

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Jamaican author Marlon James is best known for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings, which earned him the prestigious Man Booker Award earlier this year. When asked about his next book, he told Man of the World Magazine that he’s going to “geek the fuck out” with his own fantasy series.

The first book in the installment, Black Leopard, Red Wolf will reportedly kick off the series, which he’s describing as an “African Game of Thrones”:

“I realized how sick and tired I was of arguing about whether there should be a black hobbit in Lord of the Rings. African folklore is just as rich, and just as perverse as that shit. We have witches, we have demons, we have goblins, and mad kings. We have stories of royal succession that would put Wolf Hall to shame. We beat the Tudors two times over.”


It sounds like it could be a really awesome read, and it sounds like he has some awesome things planned for it.


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I’m really looking forward to someone who knows African history and mythology using it to background a fantasy. Almost no one has.

If you look at something like Novik’s Uprooted, the incorporation of a different set of fantasy elements was a big reason it worked so well.

That said, let’s hope he’s open to an editor someplace gently reminding him that this...

“One hundred pages describing a village? Hell yeah,” he promises. “A big appendix on magic techniques? Of course I’m gonna do it. Two hundred pages on a mysterious dwarf race that lives underground? Fuck yes.” what you do as part of the process of worldbuilding before you write your story rather than make it a lead-weight part of it.