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Publisher's Summary

"Absorbing, stunning, and emotionally rich." (Locus)

The journey through M. R. Carey's "immersive, impeccably rendered world" (Kirkus) - a world in which nature has turned against us - continues in The Trials of Koli, book two of the Rampart Trilogy.

The earth wants to swallow us whole....

Koli never planned to set foot outside his small village. He knew that beyond its walls lay a fearsome landscape filled with choker trees, vicious beasts, and Shunned men. But when he was exiled, he had no choice but to journey out into this strange world where every moment is a fight for survival.

And it's not just Koli's life that is threatened. Whole villages just like his are dying out.

But Koli heard a story, once. A story about lost London, and the mysterious tech of the Old Times that may still be there. If he can find it, there may still be a way for him to change his own fate - by saving the lives of those who are left.

The Rampart Trilogy:

  • The Book of Koli
  • The Trials of Koli
  • The Fall of Koli

For more from M. R. Carey, check out:

  • The Girl with All the Gifts
  • Fellside
  • The Boy on the Bridge
  • Someone Like Me

By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:

  • The Devil You Know
  • Vicious Circle
  • Dead Men's Boots
  • Thicker Than Water
  • The Naming of the Beasts
©2020 M. R. Carey (P)2020 Orbit

What the critics say

"A broken world that is both marvelously expansive and claustrophobically menacing. Fans of postapocalyptic science fiction will find plenty to hold their attention." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Trials of Koli

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Was a bit disappointed but haven’t lost hope

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was really excited to get this new book. I hoped they would cover more ground in their journey and was a bit disappointed at how long they stayed in certain places, not really learning anything new or bringing anymore context to the greater whole of the story. In that sense I found it dragging on and I was like “y’all better get that boat in the water soon and see what’s over there!!” but it turns out that’s for the next book. Arg! Felt like a bunch of filler episodes in a tv series. I will still see what’s up when the next book comes out, though.

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  • G. Markwardt
  • 2020-09-27

More Koli Please

Picking up right where The Book of Koli left off The Trials of Koli is every bit as good. This time around a 2nd PoV character has been added, Spinner, who you may remember from the first book. I'm always weary of additional PoV's added in fantasy novels as many times they can potentially slow down the pacing and feel a little dry and detracting to the main narrative. However I did not feel that way at all this time around. Spinner's part of the tale is every bit as engaging as Koli's and the author does not drag one section out longer than needed or constantly bounce characters back and forth with ridiculous chapter cliff hangers. The character's are all excellent. My favorite being Monono the sentient iPod with the essence of a Japanese pop idol. The world is interesting and it continues to be a nice change of pace to have a dystopian fantasy that is not YA. The world where almost all of the things living on it both flora and fauna are deadly and technology from the past is coveted. Compassionate and intriguing characters, creative and interesting setting, a good dose of humor, and excellent pacing makes the series easy to recommend. I can't wait for the final book in the trilogy early next year. Both Narrators do a good job in presenting their part of the tale.

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  • Carolyn E. Jaques
  • 2020-09-19

Awesome!!

Cant wait till next March for the last of this trilogy!!! I love this universe!!

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  • Caryn McHeartwood
  • 2020-11-05

World, Characters, Performance: A+. Wokeness, D-.

Carey has built an authentic and immersive primitive future universe and populated it with characters that are so well-drawn they feel real. Koli's naivete...Minono's wise comic insights...Spinner's sensitivity and political shrewdness...both performers do an excellent job of portraying their nuances. The insertion of a transgender subplot feels painfully woke and yanked me right back out into 2020. And making it a prepubescent character...huh wha? Can I just have an immersive tale well told without the in-your-face [INSERT ISSUE]? Considered returning it, but the story and the performances are too captivating. Love the story, love the world of the future, love the characters (mostly), and love the performances.

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  • BUSHBILL
  • 2020-11-24

Solid series so far, but.

I really enjoyed Carey's The Girl with all the gifts also its follow-up so I thought I would give this series a try. It is reminiscent in the spirit of the stories previously mentioned however not as dark yet. Koli's dystopian setting feels fresh and new. Characters are engaging, interesting, believable. The narration is top-notch. The story is not a typical post-doomsday. the pacing feels smooth, Still, I am afraid this will be challenging to end on a trilogy leaving me wanting more, I Hope Carey continues to build on these worlds he has made. Before I forget to mention be ready for some "WOKE", To Carey's credit, though it felt a little pushed in, Side plots have not detracted from the story in my opinion but have added new depth. I find myself rooting for the character in question feeling investment has been achieved. This fact I state more as a warning for some who are hanging on to a pre-millennium view of the social norms around us. I give it a thumbs up, with the other thumb still undecided.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 2020-11-20

Loving this series!

I am absolutely loving this series so far! If you enjoyed The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey, then you'll love this series. It's another post-apocalyptic tale, but without zombies this time. It's set in the future when most of the world's technology is lost or broken. The few things they do find in working order are only carried by those in charge. In this book, Koli has been cast out of Mythen Rood and now travels with Ursula and Cup. And of course Koli's tech, Monono. Monono is like an ipod with personality lol. Great narration by Theo Solomon again. This time a female narrator was added as well. Saffron Coomber did a great job narrating! Can't wait for book 3!

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  • C. Brooks
  • 2021-01-09

Koli

I really like everything M R Carey has written and the Koli books are no exception. I am looking forward to book 3 eagerly. Rich world building and nuanced character development. Enjoy.

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  • Exodus Facey
  • 2021-01-07

love it

This is the second book in the series and is as good as the first. can't wait to listen to the third.

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  • Sami
  • 2020-12-15

inclusive, well written, well spoken, well done!

And now I have nightmares of choker seeds, well worth the read! I love it!

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  • Brenda S
  • 2020-12-13

Excellent continuation

The continuation of Koli’s story has met up to my expectations. The story is engrossing, the characters are both likable and hatable respectively and I continue to find myself surprised by the direction the writer takes me. The narrator does a great job in keeping one engrossed in the story. Again, eagerly awaiting the next book.

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  • Rick W.
  • 2020-11-30

Love this series!

Fascinating world and story. 3 dimensional characters that I came to care about. The kind of book I didn't want to end because I miss the characters when it's over. The narration is perfect.

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