Ellen is back today with another review, this time its for The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey and I’ll be sharing it with you a little further down.
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.
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The Trials of Koli is book two in The Rampart Trilogy (the first being The Book of Koli) and I highly recommend that you read this series from the beginning. There was a lot of world and character building in book one and I think it would be difficult to drop into book two without knowledge of this.
We join Koli and his intrepid gang; Monomo (sentient AI), Cup (fierce trans warrior) and Ursula (scientist/medic) with her ever faithful Drudge (a walking armed, medical unit). They are on their way to London in the search for Old Tech in a bid to save mankind.
I loved that we got to know more about the characters and my reading ear was tuned into Koli’s way of speaking so I found this book a lot easier to process.
It is obvious that mankind has changed the world and seeing objects appear that you are familiar with but which are a mystery to Koli and Cup is endearing. You can imagine the reaction Ursula and her medical miracle Drudge get!!
It was interesting to go back to Koli’s hometown and catch up with his old sweetheart, Spinner. Back in Mythen Rood things are unsettled and secrets that were stirred up by Koli are still swirling and causing unease…
The writing reminds me of one of my favourite authors John Wyndham and his book The Chrysalids. If you’re a fan of post apocalyptic fiction then you’ll do no wrong reading this series!!
Bring on book three!!