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A Column of Fire

Book 3, Kingsbridge

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International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories of the Middle Ages set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga now continues with Follett’s 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

Jul 17, 2017 – Treasonous plots, family rifts, and international political intrigue abound in the third installment of Follett's (Pillars of the Earth) Kingsbridge series of historical dramas. In the middle of 16th-century England, Kingsbridge Cathedral stands above a town divided by religious conflict. Queen "Bloody Mary" Tudor is killing Protestants. When 18-year-old nobleman Ned Willard loses his sweetheart Margery and his family's importing business to Margery's upward-climbing Catholic family after the queen condemns them for being pro-Protestant, he decides to join Protestant Princess Elizabeth Tudor's secret service. Ned and Margery's love for each other sustains itself despite decades and miles apart, but can it survive their ideological differences? This sweeping epic delivers suspense, history, and romance in equally satisfying, if sometimes heavy-handed, measures. Follett makes use of multiple winding plotlines and optimistic characters equipped to see any battle through to the end. The novel is an immersive journey through the tumultuous world of 16th-century Europe and some of the bloodiest religious wars in history. Follett's sprawling novel is a fine mix of heart-pounding drama and erudite historicism.

Customer Reviews

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.

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A Column of Fire
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  • $15.99
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Sep 12, 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 928 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, Kingsbridge
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