Monday, January 4, 2021

Book Review | The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey

The Trials of Koli is the second book in the Rampart Trilogy by M.R. Carey.

The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey

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.

I'm continuing to really enjoy this series. I think The Trials of Koli was even better than The Book of Koli. There's more of what I wanted from the first one - more POV, more world building.

I loved having the perspective of someone who was still in Mythen Rood (Spinner) as well as Koli's viewpoint outside of the village. I enjoyed all of the characters and their relationships throughout The Trials of Koli. I'm also glad we got to learn more about the choker trees and the nature of the world they are living in.

The Rampart Trilogy feels like one big book split into three parts so I don't think The Trials of Koli can be read on its own. It's a solid middle book, though. I will definitely recommend the series as a whole if I enjoy the final book as much as I've enjoyed the first two installments.

4/5 stars


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  1. Always a good sign when the second book is even better than the first. :)

  2. It's nice when a second book is even better than the first. This looks like a solid read so far, and MR Carey is someone I've been wanting to try. Plus this series just sounds right up my alley. the sense of nature taking over and the old times...

  3. I like the cover. Glad you liked this one even more than the first.

  4. I enjoyed this one much more than the first so I'm happy that I continued with the series. And, definitely the split pov helped my enjoyment with this one flitting between Koli and then back to the village.
    Lynn :D

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