World W ithout End

World Without End

by Ken Follett

Wanda Cohen: You know a book is good when it's over 1000 pages long and it isn't long enough. I found myself reading slower as I got closer to the end because I wanted to make it last. The setting is Kingsbridge, England between 1327 and 1361. This is a sequel to The Pillars of the Earth. It is set in the same location but two centuries later. It has everything, love, scandal, murder, ambition, greed, revenge and success.

I feel like I'm smarter for having read this epic novel. I know I'm more informed about the history of this time period and the daily lives of earls, knights, peasants, serfs, doctors, medicine women, and yes, even thieves. The research and details illustrate the skill and talent of Follett as an amazingly gifted author as he presents history without making it read like a text.

The story begins with four children accidently witnessing a killing. During the course of the book the children's lives become entangled and intertwined in unexpected ways as they each take a different path into adulthood. I recommend grabbing this book and a cozy comforter and hibernating until the last word is read. Enjoy!
Rating: *****

Dale Israel: I absolutely loved this book and would consider it to be one of my all time favorites!!!  Although the length of the book could be a little daunting for some (it's almost 1000 pages long!), I found that it ended much too quickly.  The characters became my friends --- I'm mourning their loss and hope that Follet will write a third book in this series.  If you're a fan of historical fiction, you're going to love this book.  I highly recommend it!
Rating: *****

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