I am a huge fan of the author Ken Follet, and I think I have pretty much read everything he has ever written, some of which I have presented here. However, I realized I have never posted about perhaps his best known book, The Pillars of the Earth, which started his Kingsbridge trilogy. That is perhaps because I first read Pillars before I had this forum. But now is the perfect time to revisit that epic novel as Mr. Follet recently released a prequel, The Evening and the Morning, and it just may be the best of the lot. Mr. Follet’s Kingsbridge series takes place in England in the Middle Ages and basically follows the intertwining lives of those surrounding a catherdral town. I know, it does not sound all that entertaining, but I assure you in the talented hands of this master storyteller you will be totally sucked in. Though The Evening and the Morning is a prequel to the original trilogy, it definitely stands alone and could be your entre into the the wonderful world Mr. Follet has conjured.

About The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett:

“It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined. A young boatbuilder’s life is turned upside down when the only home he’s ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land, but the customs of her husband’s homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.”

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett is available in multiple formats from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.