Hellsmouth，一匹意志堅定的純種小母馬，為了肯塔基州最古老也最有權力的王朝之一Forge家族的榮耀而跑。Henry Forge與他的女兒Henrietta想盡一切辦法，只為了要培育出下一匹超級馬。Allmon Shaughnessy，一個有野心的年輕黑人，在監牢待了一段時間之後，來到他們的農場上工作，我們看見了過去Forge家族的殘暴以及對慾望的苛求。交織了恐懼、偏見與慾望，這三個人將他們榮耀的夢想寄託在Hellsmouth的速度與優雅上。
一篇關於財富與貧窮、種族主義與憤怒的故事，The Sport of Kings為生活在奴隸傳統陰影下的生命做畫像。一個重要的新聲，C. E. Morgan將神話般以及令人憂慮的故事注入生命，是我們這個時代一篇道德的史詩。
2016 KIRKUS PRIZE WINNER: FICTION
An American myth and a contemporary portrait of the scars of the past that run through a family, and of our desperate need to escape our history, to subsume it with pleasure – or to rise above it with glory.
‘You and I are family. Blood and treasure. Listen to me, I created this world with my own two hands, and I am going to leave it all to you.’
Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavour of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.
A spiralling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself – a moral epic for our time.