Title: The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy book 1) by M.R. Carey
Date Published: 14th April 2020
‘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.
‘A captivating start to what promises to be an epic post-apocalyptic fable . . . Narrator Koli’s inquisitive mind and kind heart make him the perfect guide to Carey’s immersive, impeccably rendered world’ Kirkus
‘Carey writes with compassion and fire – strange and surprising and humane’ Lauren Beukes
‘Koli embarks on a journey as perilous as it is enlightening . . . Enthralling’ Guardian
‘An ingenious, dizzily provocative novel . . . Carey invents a fantastic far-future world, finding humanity in unlikely places’ Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author
‘A thought-provoking and deeply engaging story’ C. A. Fletcher, author of A Boy and his Dog At The End of the World
Look out for the next novels in the trilogy: THE TRIALS OF KOLI and THE FALL OF KOLI
I want to thank Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for inviting me on this blog tour and Orbit for providing me with a copy of The Book of Koli.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel and I’ve heard such good things about M.R. Carey, I thought I’d give it a go.
The books of Koli is a cleverly written fantasy novel with elements of a coming of age story all wrapped up in a dystopian adventure.
It’s told in first person point of view, in the voice of Koli himself. It feels exactly like he’s talking directly to you which I really enjoyed. It took me a little getting used to his voice as his speech patterns are a little different to our own.
Koli is around fifteen or so at the beginning of the story and there were points in the story where he reminded me of my own fifteen year old son. There was that confidence that they know what’s best, coupled with naivete and inability to really hide their emotions that made Koli such a realistic character to me.
The world building was also fantastic with nature basically turning against the human race, forcing them to live in fairly primitive ways. But then there was the added intrigue of ‘tech’ left behind that can only be controlled by a few chosen individuals.
This for me was a book of two halves, the first was slow build, giving us some back story and showing us Koli’s world, the second half was full on, tension and adventure packed. I have to be honest I did almost give up during the first half of the book but keep going with it, all the set up really does pay off in the end.
The Book of Koli is clever, compelling and a real escape from reality.
About The Author:
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.