Four children are bonded through the witnessing of two horrific murders. This book follows these four children through their adulthood until 1361. Follet manages to cover most of fourteenth century life. Each of the four follow a different path, one becomes a builder, one a knight, one a peasant and one joins the church. They are joined by a variety of vibrant characters. Major historical events of this time are covered in the novel for example the plague but the novel is mainly about the lives and drama of the people of Kingsbridge. This novel really brings medieval history to life from the clothes to the food
I was really looking forward to reading this book as i loved The Pillars of the Earth and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the very first sentence however I didn’t want to rush through this book as i wanted to savour every sentence, I feel this is one of those books you can just pick up and truly get lost in. All the historical detail is so well researched by the author that when you pick up this book, you really feel like you are standing in fourteenth century England watching the events unfold in front of your eyes. Ken Follett’s narrative style is flawless and I really don’t have a single negative comment to say about this book apart from I would of enjoyed if the book was longer than 1237 pages.
Though this book is labelled a sequel it takes place 200 years after The Pillars of the Earth and I wouldn’t say that you have to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. I would recommend this novel to people who particularly enjoy historical fiction.