The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy 1) by M R Carey @michaelcarey191 @orbitbooks #BookReview


‘This is a BEAUTIFUL book. Gripping, engaging, and absolutely worth the time it takes to burrow yourself into its reality. I can’t recommend it highly enough’ Seanan McGuire

The Book of Koli begins a breathtakingly original new trilogy set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.


The Book of Koli: The Rampart Trilogy, Book 1 (Rampart Trilogy 1)


This is the start of something big because oh boy it plays out in your mind like it should be in a cinema and what a magnificent introduction to the hero of the story, Koli and a world way into the future where they pray for dull days.

Life is really simple for Koli and the tight little village that he lives in. There are no towns where he lives, just pockets of villages with high walls to protect its people from deadly vegetation and the Shunned. Life is simple with tales of how the world used to be many years before. The language has become a little distorted but not too much not to know what is meant or the names of places. It all makes for interesting and believable reading. Technology is a sort after commodity that can make you God-like if you can make it work, with everyone having the opportunity to see if they are one of the chosen.

Koli is a fascinating character, inquisitive, bright and determined to better himself but he also has the ability to get under some peoples skin. The story is full of dangers that he didn’t even know existed outside the walls of his home. The supporting cast of quirky characters have their own personality and strengths. A brilliant storyline that will keep any reader firmly glued to every new word and Koli’s innocence. Britain feels so huge and everywhere so far away with impossible obstacles but what a journey this is going to be. I absolutely love Monono.

This story lays down very strong foundations for the next two books in this series. Highly recommended!

I wish to thank NetGalley, the publisher and Tracy Fenton for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.


M. R. Carey

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.


Twitter: @michaelcarey191

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