The Evening And The Morning was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020. The day I found out that Ken Follett was writing a prequel to one of my favorite books was one of the happiest days of my life! So what did I think about it? Was the wait worth it? Read on to find out.
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About The Book
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett, a thrilling and addictive new novel–a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth–set in England at the dawn of a new era: The Middle Ages
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.
Author: Ken Follett
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Date Of Publication: 15th September 2020
No. of pages: 832
Source: Self bought
I was introduced to the works of Ken Follett when I was given a copy of Pillars Of The Earth by a friend. I hadn’t read any historical fiction before then and I credit that book for making me love the genre!
The Evening And The Morning is the prequel to POTE and takes place a couple of hundred years before the first book in the Kingsbridge Trilogy. Set during a turbulent time in English history. The book tells us the story of three main characters and how they led to the origin of Kingsbridge.
One of my favorite things about this book is how it gave us an inside look into the power struggle of the noblemen and of the Church. It gave us an idea about how life was at the time so long ago. You feel as if you are a part of what is going on around you in the book. The Evening And The Morning did not lack in action as well as emotional drama. While on one hand, you ride into battle against the Vikings, on the other hand, you learn about the internal family struggle of the noble class.
And best of all, this book tells you about Kingsbridge! I fell in love with the city when I read POTE. There are bits here and there that you find familiar and are able to relate to with the earlier books. A few locations like Leper Island remain the same throughout and gives you a sense of location to refer to.
To see how the hamlet turned into a small town and then into the city that we know, despite everything that it went through made me so happy. This is why I love Ken Follett’s writing. With just words, he is able to make you fall in love with a fictional city as if it were real.
The Evening And The Morning was intense! It broke me a couple of times but in the end, everything worked out perfectly. You feel so bad for a few characters and what they go through to the point of tears. The writing is so good and there is emotion on every page!
The Evening And The Morning might seem like a monster of a book but I didn’t feel the time pass by as I read it. Spanning 800 to 900 pages (depending on the edition that you have) the book is surprisingly light to read. I would have loved to give this book a full 5-star rating but the ending of a certain few characters seemed a little too mild for my liking. If you have read the book you would know who I am talking about. Apart from that, this book is an amazing piece of literature. I’d recommend it to everyone who loves Historical Fiction!
About The Author
Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 170 million copies of the 36 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages. He started his career as a reporter, first with his hometown newspaper the South Wales Echo, and then with the London Evening News. Subsequently, he worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. In 1989, Ken’s epic novel about the building of a medieval cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth, was published. It reached number one on bestseller lists everywhere and was turned into a major television series produced by Ridley Scott, which aired in 2010. World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, proved equally popular when it was published in 2007.
Ken, who loves music almost as much as he loves books, is an enthusiastic bass guitar player. He lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, with his wife Barbara, the former Labour Member of Parliament for Stevenage. Between them, they have five children, six grandchildren, and two Labradors.
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