Synopses & Reviews
In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth
, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected. Critics were overwhelmed — “it will hold you, fascinate you, surround you” (Chicago Tribune
) — and readers everywhere hoped for a sequel.
World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas — about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race — the Black Death.
Three years in the writing, and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End breathes new life into the epic historical novel and once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.
"A rousing epic of 14th-century England...terrifically compelling." Diana Gabaldon, The Washington Post
"Juicy historical fiction." USA Today
"An immense cast of truly remarkable characters...this is not a book to be devoured in one sitting, tempting though that might be, but one to savor for its drama, depth, and richness." Library Journal
In 1989, Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that centers on the building of a cathedral, and the hundreds of lives it affects. This sequel takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries later.
About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world's best-loved novelists. He has sold more than 130 million copies. His latest book, Fall of Giants, went straight to the No. 1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.