A Column of Fire - Ken Follett

A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2017-09-21
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 122 Ratings

Description

Millions of readers have been enthralled by the saga that began in The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, which now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.

A WORLD IN TURMOIL

1558, and Europe is in revolt as religious hatred sweeps the continent. Elizabeth Tudor has ascended to the throne but she is not safe in this dangerous new world. There are many who would see her removed, not least Mary Queens of Scots, who lies in wait in Paris.

A NEW ORDER

Elizabeth determines to set up a new secret service: a group of resourceful spies and courageous agents entrusted to keep her safe and in power. As she searches for those who will make the difference, one man stands out.

A MAN WHO WOULD DIE FOR HIS QUEEN

For Ned Willard the opportunity to serve his queen is God-sent. He cannot stay in Kingsbridge and watch the love of his life marry another, and as fires burn and extremism begins to spark throughout Europe, Ned makes his choice. He will spend his life protecting his monarch from the tyrants who aim to destroy her or die trying . . .

Reviews

  • A Column Of Fire

    5
    By yerkiddinme
    Brilliant book, like the many others of Ken Follett that I have read. I love the mix of history and fiction and the information pointing out the true and fictitious characters at the end of the book. Although there a many characters throughout, the author has a great way of reintroducing in following chapters so you do not have a chance to forget who they are.
  • Mrs

    5
    By Yvonne Deacon
    Reading online I have read and followed every character with excitement, enthralled by every twist and turn of events. Grounded firmly in the known history of Elizabethan europe we are led through a paralel fictional family history and its heroes for fabulous subplots of intrigue. I am now wondering how to share this book with my family who I know would also love to read it.
  • History arrived in a different way

    5
    By Redpiper
    A History sprinkled with fictitious characters and places which enable the reader to loosely join up the different periods. Easy reading but none the less gripping. Really enjoyable.
  • Very disappointed

    1
    By Piginhat
    The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End went hand in hand following life centred around Kingsbridge and I have lost count of the times I have read them. I was excited to get A Column of Fire but that excitement soon faded due to the book only vaguely being linked to the original theme of Kingsbridge and its inhabitants through time. For me this could be any of a number of books that make occasional mention of the fictional town of Kingsbridge. I finally gave up on it and have cast it aside as what I consider “unrelated” and should not be considered part of a trilogy, I’m not sure what happened with Mr Follet when he wrote this but for me he lost the plot...pardon the pun!
  • Daveycoool

    5
    By Twmfg
    A fantastic read from start to finish, a thrilling journey through a tumultuous period in British history. I do hope he has a 4th book planned🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
  • A column of fire

    5
    By Ikiemow
    This review is offered in the form of one word. “BRILLIANT”.
  • Another Gem

    5
    By Ronmet1
    I have been waiting for this book to arrive and it did not disappoint me. Ken Follett has to be the best historical writer out there. A brilliant book and I cannot recommend it enough. I am sad it has come to an end.
  • A column of fire

    5
    By MzeeAlan
    A wonderful gripping novel with an intriguing plot interwoven into real history. This is the beauty of Ken Follett books. This, his latest, is without doubt up amongst his best. A story you cannot put down, characters you feel you know, both good and bad, you want to reach the end but don't want it to finish ... tragedy and success ... joy and sorrow, all the emotions are part of the story that makes it so real. You end the book wanting to know if the story will continue ...