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September 12, 2017

Surviving a world torn apart

By Ken Follett

Ken Follett follows The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End with a tale of espionage, political intrigue and extreme faith during a time of never-ending religious conflict. Full of adventure and suspense, A Column of Fire is an inspiring and thrilling portrait of one of Europe’s most perilous times in history.

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Ken Follett follows The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End with a tale of espionage, political intrigue and extreme faith during a time of never-ending religious conflict. Full of adventure and suspense, A Column of Fire is an inspiring and thrilling portrait of one of Europe’s most perilous times in history.

In 1558, Ned Willard wonders if he will ever be reunited with his first love as he finds himself on the opposite side of the religious divide. Amid the power struggle between Catholics and Protestants in England, Ned and others must decide whether they value friendships and family over loyalty and convictions.

When Ned decides to work for Protestant Princess Elizabeth, he must say goodbye to all that Kingsbridge holds: his family, friends and Margery Fitzgerald, who is being forced to marry another young man. When Elizabeth takes the throne, Catholic Europe turns against her and her tolerant beliefs. She organizes England’s first secret service, with Ned at the forefront, to bring her news of assassination plots, rebellions, and to keep an eye on those threatening to take her throne. Over the next 50 years, Ned and Margery fight for their individual beliefs and watch as those in power tear apart families, cities and countries in the name of faith—all while Elizabeth tries to maintain that no one should be killed for wanting freedom to worship and doing her best to rule as a single woman.

Follett is a master of historical fiction, with meticulous research, adept storytelling and an ability to capture the reader’s interest with colorful, smooth language. As captured in his previous books in the Kingsbridge series, Follett’s characters are lively, full of emotion and relatable, making the book’s length of no great concern for old fans or new readers alike.

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A Column of Fire

A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett
Viking
ISBN 9780525954972

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