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The Fall of Koli

(Rampart Trilogy #3)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  685 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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, terr
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 25th 2021 by Orbit (first published March 23rd 2021)
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“What do people look for out of a story, Spin? You told enough of them to know.”

I thought a moment, then answered. “They look for it to have a good shape and end where it’s supposed to.”

this is a good/better/best kind of trilogy: The Book of Koli set everything up, The Trials of Koli widened the margins, and this massive conclusion explodes everything, resetting the pieces beautifully.

after all,

When something big starts to fall, it goes as gentle as thistledown at first. But oh,
Mike Dillon
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who read the first two
The Fall of Koli is a masterclass in how to wrap up a trilogy. If you've made it this far, I don't have to convince you to read The Fall, you've been anxiously awaiting it, like I was. The Book, and Trials of Koli introduced a post-apocalyptic England, where society has gone primitive. Tribes of survivors cling to pieces of centuries-old technology and weapons, as symbols of status, like Arthur claiming kingship by virtue of Excalibur. The very trees have turned against humanity and have become ...more
Holly (The GrimDragon)
“There is a quiet kind of grieving where you just sink into yourself and the world seems to go a long way away for a while.”

The Fall of Koli is the final book in M.R. Carey’s Rampart series.


Has it really been a year since I finished The Book of Koli?!? It’s mind-boggling that Carey has not only released three installments in less than a year, culminating in this brilliant finale, but that he has done it all during a global pandemic. Goddamn! Share some of that talent with the rest of us, Mik
The first book of the year to keep me up into the early hours in order to finish it. The final volume of a great trilogy.

The book starts with a welcome reprise of the status to date, in Koli’s homespun narrative style. Not quite so critical here as for some series since the author has managed to get all three volumes released within a year. Volume 2 finished with Koli and his companions reaching their long sought destination, the Sword of Albion, whose broadcasts they’d been journeying towards.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pub date: March 2021
4.5 This wrap up to the Rampart Trilogy was really good!
It begins immediately after book 2 with Koli, Cup, Ursula, and Monono having to figure out how to deal now that they've found what they were searching for --and the Sword of Albion is nothing like they expected. But we get so much information about what happened before to create the world they live in now!
Their dilemma is spliced with Spinner's POV, as she and Mythen Rood go through many changes before they have to face
Once again MR Carey has brought us into the land known as Ingland. A futuristic-but-stuck-in-the-past society, complete with warring factions, out of control AI, technology and a bunch of little people trying to protect what’s theirs.

Of the three books in the Rampart Trilogy, I think this one is firmly my favourite. Not only does it have the advantage of wrapping up the story in a satisfying hug-your-kindle-when-finished feeling, but also it was the most interesting. And the addition of a new P
The Bauchler
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the best series of books i've ever read.

'nuff said.
Helen French
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A strong end to a compelling SF trilogy with a fantasy feel.

Whew. I feel like I've been on a long old journey with Koli, the main character, and I'm not sure I'm quite ready to let go.

In this final book of the trilogy (please don't try to read it as a standalone), Koli finally discovers what the Sword of Albion is, and whether the people behind it have good intentions or not. Fear not, we do find out more about why the world is the way it is, and the stories behind some of the mythologies that
Jack Kelley
A satisfying end to what is probably my favorite recent trilogy (of any genre).
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The nitty-gritty: A thrilling, heartbreaking and satisfying end to one of my favorite series, The Fall of Koli is one of the best books of 2021.

Jon stroked my cheek with one finger, a thing he did oftentimes to gentle me into sleep. “What do people look for out of a story, Spin? You told enough of them to know.”

I thought a moment, then answered. “They look for it to have a good shape and end where it’s supposed to.”

What a ride it’s been. Last April I read The Book of Koli, the first book in M.R.
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from Orbit Books through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review: my thanks to both of them for this opportunity.

Approaching a series ender often brings contrasting emotions, particularly the concern that it might not live up to expectations: well, this was definitely NOT the case with The Fall of Koli, the amazing, adrenaline-infused final book in M.R. Carey’s Rampart series set in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity hangs on to survival by its fingernails. As is
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Out of all the things I ever done in my life, this journey I'm speaking of was - by a great long way - the most important. Also, it was the one that cost me the most."

The last time I got emotional at an ending of a series was The Burning God by Rebecca F Kuang. When I started The Fall of Koli I never expected I'd shed one tear let alone many. This series overall has been absolutely phenomenal and I can't recommend it enough. It's been such a joy to watch the characters of Koli, Monono, Spinner,
Lynn Williams
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 of 5 stars

My Five Word TL:DR Review : A Love Story in Disguise

Okay, that might not be totally correct but you’ll just have to trust me.

The Fall of Koli is the final instalment of the Rampart Trilogy and brings to an end the strangely satisfying, if somewhat bittersweet, adventures of the titular character.

I would just point out that being the third in series it’s quite likely that this review will contain spoilers for prior instalments. Also, I would a
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having fought their way through the ferocious flora and fauna of Ingland, not to mention its often less-than-hospitable populace, Koli and his companions have come at last to the Sword of Albion. An enormous ship from the days of the unfinished war, it seems like a potential safe haven. But it might just be that the biggest threat Koli has faced so far resides there. Meanwhile, the people of Mythen Rood prepare for war with the forces of HalfAx, as Spinner attempts to rally her people around her ...more
Traveling Cloak
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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The Fall of Koli is the third and final book in The Rampart Trilogy by M.R. Carey, and I am going to admit something right up front: I was crying from page one. If you have been following my reviews you know this has really been an emotional journey for me. From being introduced to Koli and friends I have grown to care more and more about them with every line, with The Fall of Koli being the pinnacle of that relationship. This is my first Carey series, but it
Peter Baran
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The final book of a trilogy in theory should be relatively easy. You weave all of the subplots from the previous books and tie them all up as neatly as you dare and hopefully the longer form of the narrative has made the whole thing that little bit more resonant. Carey's Rampart trilogy (Koli trilogy makes more sense but they are his books) had quite a lot to do in this book, though that depended on how much backstory he wanted to fill in. Koli's world after all was a future Britain where there ...more
David Harris
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Fall of Koli is the final part of the Rampart Trilogy and - as Koli, narrating the start of the first book, told us it would - brings things full circle, with the return of an older and wiser man to Mythen Rood. We finally learn more about certain recurrent themes - the demon Stannabanna, Dandrake who fought him; The Sword of Albion, which Koli, Ursula, Cup and Monono were searching for, and the Unfinished War (well named). It's also made clear how the story came to be narrated, by Koli (all ...more
Karen Cole
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So we've come to the end of M.R. Carey's Rampart Trilogy and although this is a moment I've been eager for and dreading in almost equal measure, the telling of Koli's full story has been a rare treat throughout the three books, with this conclusion being everything I could have wished for and more besides.
It opens immediately after the concluding events in The Trials of Koli and finds Koli and his disparate group of companions - healer, Ursala-from-elsewhere, the formerly shunned Cup and Monono
Juliet Bookliterati
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In a way its always sad when I come to the end of a trilogy, knowing that it is the final installment and that I will no longer return to this world or these characters again. M.R Carey has certainly left the best to last with The Fall of Koli, this is a truely outstanding end to the trilogy, full of action and totally gripping. It is faster paced than the previous book, as Koli hurtles towards his destiny. Like the previous books you have to get use to colloquial and phonetic language, as in th ...more
Corey (grimdark_dad)
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, here we are. Here at the end of all things, to borrow a phrase. Of course there’s no way M. R. Carey could have predicted he’d be releasing an entire post-apocalyptic trilogy in the midst of a global pandemic, but...oof. Separate from how much I’ve completely adored all three of these books, I feel like the RAMPART TRILOGY is also something that brought me a great deal of comfort during an increasingly difficult & weird time.

I have a small handful of trilogies that I’m just one book away
Lisa Wolf
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt as immersed in a strange new world as I did reading the Koli trilogy, which wraps up with the newly released The Fall of Koli.

The trilogy follows the journey of Koli, a young man just past boyhood who is exiled from his small village after being accused of stealing tech — which the villagers believe only “wakes” for people who truly deserve it. Cast out from the life he’s always known, Koli eventually forms a small tribe with Ursala, a loner medical woman wh
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Fall of Koli is the final entry in the Rampart Trilogy by M.R. Carey. The first is The Book of Koli, and The Trials of Koli is the second entry. I've been eagerly awaiting this final entry. It's newly released and is a delicious chunkster with 532 pages of addictive reading!

I don't read a lot of sci fi or fantasy, but if the setting is post apocalyptic, it's one I definitely will pick up. I am fascinated by the imaginings of what the world might be like if....

As a quick catch-up...sometime i
Hannah Snell
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-tbr
I call this series perfectly structured, because it is. It has been so well planned out that there is a perfect arc to what you're reading here. In Book 1, we are just with Koli, seeing his world through his naïve, sheltered, uninformed eyes. In Book 2 we see Ingland, travelling with Koli, Ursula, Cup and Monono as they follow the source of the signal towards London. Yet we also stay in Mythen Rood through Spinner.

In Book 3, it's a step up and a development, adding a later, additional point of v
Swords & Spectres
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a long time since I read a trilogy and thought 'Wow, I did not want that to end'. Well, a long time until right now. The Rampart Trilogy was one of those trilogies where the only chance of the author getting hate mail is because he finished it. 

This book, and the trilogy as a whole, were utterly brilliant. It had so much going for it that I find myself lost for words to adequately describe how much I enjoyed it.

My main fea
S.J. Higbee
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Essentially this is a single story with an overarching narrative that stretches across the three books, so if you’ve picked this one up without reading the first two – then whatever you do go back to The Book of Koli and start there. Even if you manage to figure out what is going on, you will have missed far too much of the backstory to fully appreciate the overall narrative.

It was lovely touching base with Koli again – and in particular his special companion, Monono, who I’ve taken a real shine
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, young-adult
The Fall of Koli is the third and final YA SF novel in the Rampart Trilogy by M.R. Carey and is set in a future dystopian England. This future brings with it many of the worst aspects of humanity but the end brings hope. I believe M.R. Carey did an excellent job in bringing the Rampart Trilogy to a conclusion, and of the three books, this was by far my favorite.

I realize some have lauded the narration in these books, but it is what I liked least about the Fall of Koli and the Rampart Trilogy. I
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the final part of the gripping dystopian Rampart trilogy, The Fall of Koli - the book where all the little bits and pieces of M.R. Carey's well crafted The Book of Koli and the Trials of Koli come together in a stunning finale.

Starting exactly where the previous book left off, we find Koli and his disparate band of friends Ursula-from-elsewhere, the feisty Cup, and Monono Aware on the verge of discovering the truth about The Sword of Albion. And what they find is shocking indeed - alt
Kirsty Stanley
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars

Once again the story picks up exactly where it left off in book two, albeit with a little preamble from Koli first.

“Why does the world think boys can’t be gentle and loving as well as strong and fierce?”

Let’s set the record straight, Koli is a cinnamon roll and he has the biggest heart, and I love him for it. Does that mean he sometimes acts foolishly - yes. But that adds to his endearment, and if he acted sensibly we wouldn’t have had half as good a story to follow.

We begin focusing
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, if you stick out the trilogy all the way through, this third volume makes it worthwhile. I enjoyed meeting Koli, and Cup, and Urusala, and most of all Monono. The worldbuilding was spectacular, the story was good, and the conclusion satisfying. Obviously the tale's not perfect, but I can't quibble because one thing Mike Carey can do is make a character sing. There is a particular theme here about who counts as people (probably my all time favorite sci-fi dilemma, "what does it mean to be hum ...more
Jeff Lambert
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Koli trilogy by Mike Carey was one of the highlights of my reading life. The amazing progress of that Mike Carey's writing style has demonstrated over the years is nothing less than astonishing. The first book of his I read was The Girl With All The Gifts, which is a masterpiece, and every subsequent work has been written in that decisive, mature, absolutely original and decidedly on the 'literary' side of fiction, with an elevated style and breadth of the authenticity and originality of the ...more
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Mike Carey is the acclaimed writer of Lucifer and Hellblazer (now filmed as Constantine). He has recently completed a comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and is the current writer on Marvel's X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four. He has also written the screenplay for a movie, Frost Flowers, which is soon to be produced by Hadaly Films and Bluestar Pictures.

Also writes as Mike Carey

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