A Column of Fire
Book 3, Kingsbridge
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“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post
As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.
Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.
The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.
From Publishers Weekly
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Love this series and this book
Great so far. Ken Follett is the master
Same old stuff
Anyone who read Edge of Eternity, the disastrous finale to the Fall of Giants trilogy, knows Follet’s extreme liberal act by now; anything conservative is evil and a threat. Column of Fire is no different, though it doesn’t take more than the opening chapter to realize this. In this one it’s the Catholic Church that’s the evil villain and anyone who is in it is a stupe. I’m done with this guy, he’s completely gone off the edge.
The master excels again
This is yet another superb experience from the master of history and narrative that weaves the characters into the true events of the time. It is captivating, informative and enlightening. To a reviewer who apparently knows nothing of history but couches his world in a political echo chamber, it may have been a disappointment. To an educated mind that engages a wide variety of literature it was a disappointment only that the end was inevitably reached. The entire series has been a gift from the one of the true giants of his art and his craft. Thank you, Mr. Follett, you enrich our lives.