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"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
The Boy on the Bridge
Someone Like Me
By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:
The Devil You Know
Dead Men's Boots
Thicker Than Water
The Naming of the Beasts
"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 on The Trials of Koli
"If you loved M.R. Carey's The Book of Koli
, you will love The Trials of Koli
just as much, if not more... Absorbing, stunning, and emotionally rich."—Locus on The Trials of Koli
"[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 on The Book of Koli
"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 on The Book of Koli
"The cadence and pacing of [Koli's] voice adds a depth and richness to the strange and malevolent world."
—Booklist on The Book of Koli
"M.R. Carey hefts astonishing storytelling power with plainspoken language, heartbreaking choices, and sincerity like an arrow to the heart."
—Locus on The Book of Koli
"An exciting post-apocalyptic coming-of-age trilogy."
—Shelf Awareness on The Book of Koli
"A highly imaginative fable."
—Nerd Daily on the Book of Koli
"Told in an enchanting, confessional first-person, we're with Koli all the way, from the stifling security of village life into the direst peril."
—Daily Mail on The Book of Koli
"A thought-provoking and deeply engaging story ... profoundly and doggedly humane."
—C. A. Fletcher on The Book of Koli
"Carey writes with compassion and fire - strange and surprising and humane."
—Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls on The Boy on the Bridge
"Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human...as fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel."
—Joss Whedon on The Girl With All the Gifts
"A master storyteller."