Job Search Scrap Trading Books News Scholarship Website
A Column of Fire - Ken Follett

A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,410 Ratings



“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post

As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire. A thrilling read that makes the perfect gift for the holidays.

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. 
Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.
The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.


  • Classic Follett!!! Great read!

    By LF Girl
    Loved the history intertwined with fiction.
  • An underdeveloped spy novel

    By eidrunner247
    I’m a huge fan of the other earlier books in this series. However, this third installment drifts far from the moorings which made the earlier novels so great. This reads as an international spy craft novel, not as a natural evolution of Kingbridge and its inhabitants. As a result, this novel was a disservice to spy novels and the denizens of Kingbridge. This novel incorporates several historical figures into a fictional plot. But it’s written from a birdseye view of France and England that it’s characters don’t resonate with the depth and quality that we’ve seen with the early novels.
  • I enjoyed all four books...

    By Mincy88
    An amazing series.. I appreciated all the characters entertained with history . I hope to go to Knightsbridge in London one day.
  • My least favorite of the series

    By 87Lakers
    ...but still loved it!
  • Longtime Follett fan

    By Harley of Sunnyvale
    Good as ever. Great story, wonderful characters, well thought out plot.
  • Interesting history but was bashing Catholicism. He is obviously anti- catholic

    By KathyNYC
    The history is interesting, but it was one sided
  • A Fabulous and Entertaining Walk Thru History

    By harveystl
    Once again Ken Follett has written a compelling, intriguing, entertaining and informative historical novel, on a par if not better than, his best to date. Don’t miss the opportunity to read this tale of religion, politics, love and life in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.
  • A Column of Fire

    By djfhgnfnfdj
    It’s hard to truly rate this book. The first two books of this series were the two best books that I have ever read. They are the books that made me an avid reader to this day. If I rate A Column of Fire as a stand-alone book its a solid 4 Stars but, seeing that its the third book in a masterfully writing series I can’t help but to compare it to the others and it falls short of my expectations. It was missing the vivid awful details that made you not just hate the villains but utterly loathe them to the depths of your soul.
  • Column of Fire

    By charlie4848
    I loved the beautifully conceived fictional characters orbiting the well research historical figures. Really well done.
  • Loved it!

    By WillowReader
    A Column of Fire is a wonderful continuation of the series. I always hate coming to the end of these books.