The Trials of Koli picks up where The Book of Koli left off. Koli and Ursala and Cup are heading to London and chasing the signal of The Sword of Albion. Meanwhile, we are also treated to Spinner’s POV, and following her journey in the present timeline.
This book seemed to have more action in it than the first one, but even without the action I was hanging on every word. If you liked the characters the first time around, they’ll hook their claws in you in book two and not let you go. Ursala and Monono seem to take a step back. They are still there and active in the story, but the reader is given more insight into Spinner and Cup and it’s impossible not to care about them.
Carey builds upon the world he’s made here- giving us glimpses of how other villages live, of other tech that exists, of belief systems, ruins of the old world and defenses used, etc. Where I felt unsure about how dangerous the world really was in book one and wanted to see more of it- the danger is full blown here. I was left wondering how anyone at all is left alive. (In other words- were I a character in this book, I doubt very much I’d have lived past page one…)
The writing style is still very much the same (stream of consciousness-Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn style). Personally I love it and think it helps bring the characters to life but I know for some that was a sticking point.
Anyway- I don’t want to spoil anything, I just came to say that while The Book of Koli is outstanding, somehow The Trials of Koli is even better. I can’t wait to get my hands on book three!