The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for the second book in the Ramparts Trilogy by MR Carey. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for my invite and review copy of the book.

Koli has been cast from his village and into the strange and deadly forest beyond. But he heard a story, once. A story about lost London, and the mysterious tech of the old times that was there. And if Koli can find it, there may be a way for him to redeem himself – by saving what’s left of humanity.

This is shaping up to be a fabulous trilogy as The Trials of Koli moves our hero out of Mythen Rood and on the road to London to discover what lies in the former capital city. Thrown out of the village after his encounter with the tech that is now permanently by his side, he heads south with Ursula and Cup trying to survive against the deadly attacks from both nature and the “shunned men”. But what will he find if and when they make it to their journeys end?

The Trials of Koli is told from his point of view as he attempts to survive the perilous trek through abandoned cities and past forests of trees that can kill you with one flying seed. But we also get to see what happens back in the village he was expelled from as Spinner gets to grips with her own tech and position within the Ramparts. I loved how the storyline switched between the two of them, both discovering more about themselves and the society they have been living in. It’s a credit to the author that it only took a page before I was back in the future and a world destroyed by our greed and disrespect of our planet. Their language is used widely throughout the novel but it’s so easily picked up that it doesn’t take long before you feel it’s the norm. It’s fascinating to see things through the eyes of Koli and the other characters as you will recognise so much that is familiar to us but foreign to them due to lack of knowledge of the past. Monono has transformed after her disappearance into the ether in book 1 and I loved her character and interactions with Koli.

Once again the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that sets us up reading for the final book in the trilogy and I can’t wait! Roll on 2021!

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.