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Apr 16, 2021
I am returning this book after reading only to Chapter 11, which is unusual for me. That is, I try and read a book all the way through even if I may not be enjoying it. However, I am really disappointed in the writing "dialogue", as I like…
Apr 12, 2021MrsRedbeard rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent read, Follett takes you away. Even if have not read the trilogy, read this.
Apr 10, 2021BellJuju rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Wonderful book, just like the first three in the Kingsbridge series. Only one minor dig: wish the books had been published closer together so that I could better remember details of each book. Unfortunately, I don't like these books…
Apr 02, 2021
Pillars of the earth has always been my favorite book. This book is so good I didn't want to quit reading and I didn't want it to end. Thanks Mr. Follet for all the wonderful books you have written. Hurry up and give us another good one.
Mar 10, 2021tjdickey rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Follet's long-awaited prequel to the "Pillars of the Earth" series is well-conceived, rich in mundane details, and action-packed. Some of the moral questions raised by his characters seem either too distinct (unrepentant evil at the heart…
Feb 27, 2021512cadcock rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book caught my eye being set in the Middle Ages (which I know little about) in England (where my ancestors are from). I learned some interesting things about life in that time and place that I’m assuming are historically accurate.…
Feb 19, 2021
Over 900 pages of descriptive and passionate writing on the ancient world during a time when humans still slept on beds of straw. A prerequisite to the Knightsbridge Trilogy, it's flowing with romantic, charismatic and fact-based…
Feb 13, 2021Readyreader1st rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed this as much as pillars of the earth, these time periods intrigue me, good characters
Jan 12, 2021
I could not wait for the print book so I downloaded the eBook and read this on my phone until my eyes bugged out! WHEW! “Pillars of the Earth” is one of my favorite books and, in my opinion, this prequel was easily as good. From reading…
Dec 15, 2020jb4409 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
963 pages and my only regret is that weren't more. I couldn't put it down but that's just me. I see from other comments that some people were disappointed but I admire someone who can write a story this interesting.
Nov 21, 2020
Ken Follett has lost his mojo! This book is way too long and boring as all get out. It must be his past success combined with his ego to made him believe he could push a 900+ page novel on the public this boring.
Nov 11, 2020Einer2 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
An easy although very long read but I didn't feel it comes to the level of his earlier works. Eye of the Needle and Pillars of the Earth for example are great books. I had a similar disappointment in the books in the Kingsbridge series…
Nov 10, 2020jeancausey rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
First, a note to e-readers... On my small iphone I found the map picture unreadable. And the narrative was useless for creating a mental map of the travel paths of the characters. Eventually I pulled up the paper-book page on amazon, and…
Nov 08, 2020dontbugmeimreading rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Pillars of the Earth is one of my favourite books so I was so excited to see that Ken Follett had written a prequel to it. I haven't read Pillars for a while but I have to say this this one seemed very similar to what I remember of it:…
Nov 02, 2020TheresaAJ rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This prequel to Follett's Kingsbridge series is not for the faint at heart. It's a tome at over 900 pages and vividly illustrates that the Dark Ages were dark on many levels. Covering the years 997 to 1007, the novel focuses on three…
Oct 18, 2020USAF1969 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Ken Follet's THE EVENING AND THE MORNING is another superb edition to his writing. The is a prequel to the outstanding Kingsbridge series that began with PILLARS OF THE EARTH. While I wondered how this concept would work (worked for STAR…
Oct 11, 2020Tyvordisnak rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
This was a great disappointment. I have read most of the author’s works and enjoyed them Unfortunately, the author seems to fallen in the same foul pit of vulgarity, sex and violence that one now finds in other venues. Some of the…
Oct 10, 2020writermala rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
When I read "Pillars of the Earth," I thought no story could come close. Well, I was wrong. This prequel is just as good. It has very strong characters, mainly the passionate and virtuous Lady Ragna, the Boat Builder turned Master Builder,…
Oct 10, 2020Suellen1111 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is a beautiful book: well written with a solid story line, and well-rounded characters.  I enjoyed all 900 pages.  It's second only to Pillars of the Earth, thus 4 stars instead of 5.
Oct 07, 2020laphampeak rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Another well told story by Ken Follett. The characters come alive as they all play a part as townspeople, bandits, murderous bishops, and benevolent rulers. Ragna plays the strong female lead as a love story retreats and reverts with…
Sep 24, 2020tina43 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I was delighted to find this book coming out this month and placed a hold on it immediately. I have loved all 913 pages. Pillars of the Earth is my all-time favorite and Ken Follett has not let me down with this prequel. I highly…
Sep 23, 2020
Let's time travel way way back to the Dark Ages. Where things aren't great, but at least it makes for an escape from dismal Covid times. Follett on his game.
Sep 15, 2020brangwinn rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I love Ken Follett’s series that began with The Pillars of the Earth. Now he has written a prequel for it. And it continues to please. I know the bad guys are going to lose in the end, but they always hang on until the last pages. As in…
Aug 30, 2020
Hope this will be purchased in e-book format as well...