Book Review

The Trials of Koli – M.R. Carey

Book Title: The Trials of Koli

Series: Rampart Trilogy #2

Author:  M.R. Carey

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  9/15/20

Star Rating: 5 stars  –  One of my favorites!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just a warning, slight spoilers for the first book in case you haven’t read it. You might want to pick that up first. If you’re interested my review for the first book The Book of Koli can be found at the link.

The Trials of Koli is the second novel in M R. Carey’s breathtakingly original Rampart trilogy, set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

Beyond the walls of Koli’s small village lies a fearsome landscape filled with choker trees, vicious beasts and shunned men. As an exile, Koli’s been forced to journey out into this mysterious, hostile world. But he heard a story, once. A story about lost London, and the mysterious tech of the Old Times that may still be there. If Koli can find it, there may still be a way for him to redeem himself – by saving what’s left of humankind. – Goodreads

It’s going to be a little hard for me to write this review. Mostly because I was so absorbed in the story and writing that I read through it on hyper-speed trying to find out what would happen next! I love this series. I love the characters, the world building, the story line. I just love everything about it.

Koli himself is a great person. A little confused, not too good in a fight, hopeful, naive and compassionate. Not your usual main character in a dystopian post-apocalyptic series, but I think that’s what I like most about him. He has moved away from his home, and into the unknown, but thankfully is accompanied by three women. One, Ursala, a brilliant, isolated woman who cares more about Koli than she is willing to admit. Second, Monono, a computer AI with complicated motivations who butts heads with Ursala constantly, but is devoted to Koli. Third, Cup, a vulnerable young trans woman looking for her place in a world full of danger.

This is found family, they might not call it that, but it is what it is. I love their interactions and adventures and I absolutely can’t wait for the next book. I will do a re-read of the first two and probably speed through the second so I’m sorry for the terrible review that will probably come. Just suffice to say when it comes to Koli, they are good reviews and I can’t recommend it enough.

Song for this book: The Call by Regina Spektor


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