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The Evening and the Morning - Ken Follett

The Evening and the Morning

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,003 Ratings


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, 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

"Just as transporting as [The Pillars of the Earth] . . . A most welcome addition to the Kingsbridge series." --The Washington Post

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.

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.


  • Again

    By Hayward777
    Ken Follett again delivers an enjoyable read that’s hard to put down.
  • Great Read

    By DebTar95
    Great story! Never disappointed when reading this author’s work.
  • Awesome prequel. It all made sense and I’m hopeful there is another.

    By Liz GR
    Hoping for more!!
  • History repeats itself

    By Imaginarius
    After reading both Pillars of the Earth and this prequel, I see what Ken Follett is trying to do here. The (really good) plot, has mostly the same characters running around trying to survive or wreak havoc at the same place, only a couple of hundred years before Pillars. How similar are the characters ? Well, I hope it’s not too much of a spoiler but there’s a talented builder who is extremely likable, theres a socially responsible prior, theres a princess in distress, there the poor worthy underdog who loves her. The bad guys include an evil Bishop, a self serving earl and his evil mother. One of the main characters is a redhead from Cherbourg. There’s an abandoned child too, believe it or not. plot-wise, this book is more of the same, which got me into thinking that there must be a point to it. The point is that the real story is about technology and how it challenges the worthy few who can understand it and how it changes the lives of people affected by it. Of course technology is terribly boring. No one wants to read about a draining canal or a boat or a bridge (hell, no one wants to read about a cathedral, right ?) so it’s wrapped up in this extremely entertaining plot, where history repeats itself endlessly. Unfortunately, Follett’s writing weaknesses are also repeating themselves endlessly with useless recaps, and exhausting description of emotions. So is this a good read ? Absolutely. Definitely. A masterpiece ? No.
  • Follett is back on top

    By Longhorn5555
    Very much in the style of Pillars of the Earth. A well written saga.
  • The evening and morning

    By Par nana
    I enjoyed this book so much, I'm going to go back and read Pillars of the Earth again! Fabulous!!!
  • Ken Follett is the best author in the world. I hope he can give us another wonderful book.

    By SBonner
    Ken let’s my imagination run wild with many ups and downs. Love your writing and I have read every book you have written!❤️
  • A Master Storyteller

    By Fumirous
    After hungrily devouring The Pillars of the Earth and it’s sequels, I was afraid I would never find another novel I enjoyed as much. Thank you, Mr. Follett, for writing The Evening and the Morning! I sincerely hope there is another Kingsbridge novel in the near future! I yearn for more!!
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    By Mr Mati....
    Hi fictional writing is engaging, thought at times long winded or biased disguised as character commentary.
  • Stunning and All-Encompassing

    By Ambercgil
    I’d been waiting for this novel since Follett announced its release - three years ago. I has no doubt in my mind it would be as masterful as the rest of the series. I finished it in a week. Now I’m sad it’s over. Incredible!!!!!