Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits…Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House…two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…Billy’s sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London…
The plot was enjoyable enough and did keep me entertained throughout the novel however I found myself a little disappointed when comparing it to Pillars of the Earth. All the areas of history that were explored in the book were well researched and brought to life by Follett’s writing style.
All the characters served a purpose within the novel and even though there was a lot of characters and interwoven stories it did not seem like there was too much going on within the novel.
The story was fast-paced through out and I particularly enjoyed the build up to the war. Follett seems to have a way to bring history to life and I have to say I am yet to come across a book of his that I did not end up loving.
Overall a well thought out story and I can not wait to read the next installment.