The Fall of Koli
by M.R. Carey
It’s my stop on the “The Fall of Koli” blog tour! Thanks very much to Compulsive Readers, Orbit Books and author M.R. Carey who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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The Fall of Koli is the third and final novel in the breathtakingly original Rampart trilogy – set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.
The world that is lost will come back to haunt us . . .
Koli has come a long way since being exiled from his small village of Mythen Rood. In his search for the fabled tech of the old times, he knew he’d be battling strange, terrible beasts and trees that move as fast as whips. But he has already encountered so much more than he bargained for.
Now that Koli and his companions have found the source of the signal they’ve been following – the mysterious “Sword of Albion” – there is hope that their perilous journey will finally be worth something.
Until they unearth terrifying truths about an ancient war . . . and realise that it may have never ended.
I would not suggest reading this book as a standalone read. If you’ve not read any of the series yet, stop here and go back to book one, ‘The Book of Koli‘ published in early 2020. I really don’t think that you’ll be able to appreciate this book without the complex character and world building that precedes this book. Just thinking about the fact that someone might pick this book up and hate it makes me feel a little sad! This is a trilogy that shouldn’t be broken apart.
As fans of the series will remember, in the first book Koli Woodsmith begins his journey as a child about to take his place in society, but now we’re in the third installation of the Rampart trilogy, Koli is well and truly a man of the world, constantly learning more about the places around him, their history and their dangers.
I really liked this book and thought it wrapped up the trilogy perfectly. It’s been a while since book 2, so I appreciated the status update at the very beginning of the book, giving the reader the opportunity to remember where we left off in book two. It’s always tricky to remember all of the details of the story so many months later, so it was a great way for me to re-immerse myself into this world without having to go back and re-read.
‘The Trials of Koli’ left the team on their search for the Sword of Albion with a cliff hanger ending. In this book, Koli, Cup, Ursula, and Monono have found it, but it’s nothing like they expected. I was surprised, but impressed with this change of scenery and found that the book had much less of a natural theme that the two previous stories. In this book there was little mention of the carnivorous trees or other natural dangers that the team had experienced on their travels before and instead the dangers they face are a little more… man-made.
As well as following Koli’s team, we’re also able to continue the storyline of Spinner, one of Koli’s childhood friends. We’ve kept up to date with Spinner throughout the trilogy as she continues her life in Mythen Rood, Koli’s hometown. All of the books are long (by my standards) and this means that these characters have had plenty of time to shine. By this point they are well-developed and explored and I’d say that I enjoyed following Spinner as much as Koli.
This book was compelling, fast paced, full of action and engaging content that meant I sped through this in a couple of days. It’s difficult to say a lot more because there are so many potential spoilers!
It feels a little sad to say goodbye to this trilogy, but I’m satisfied with the ending and am happy to have things wrapped up as much as possible. Highly recommended!
Overall rating: The Rampart Trilogy is a really great series that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to someone looking for a fantastical dystopian story. “The Fall of Koli” wraps up this trilogy perfectly, 5 stars!
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