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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.

‘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


From the very first page i was captivated within the book. The story that unfolded tempted me, it beguiled me and i was lost within the life of the Koli to the very last full stop. The book tells the story of a young boy as he approaches manhood who goes by the name of Koli. A name that will change as he goes through various stages of his life but the one name he desires to be is Koli Rampart. This name will mean he has access to the old tech from the time before. He will be a man to be revered , a man of protection should he meld with the old tech. Koli is also curious and this leads him to a path of life he never expected. His life has been sheltered in his village of Mythen Rood , away from a world where trees can kill and where Shunned Men roam and kill. That all changes when he steals old tech, tech that tells tale and sings songs to him. Tech that opens his curiosity up to whole new level, it also sees him banished from the life he has always known. Thrust out into the unknown outside world he must survive at all costs whilst learning to adapt to his new life. The tale is beautifully written, its teasing ways mean you want to keep reading. The words fill you with hope and a sense of a journey not yet fully understood. It’s the start of an epic post apocalyptic saga that will transport you through the eyes of Koli to another life and adventure.


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.

Follow the life of KOLI in the next two parts of the RAMPART TRILOGY