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World Without End - Ken Follett

World Without End

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2007-10-09
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,401 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

In 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected.

World Without End is its equally irresistible sequel—set two hundred years after The Pillars of the Earth and three hundred years after the Kingsbridge prequel, The Evening and the Morning.

World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroads of new ideas—about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race—the Black Death. 

Three years in the writing and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End is a "well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages" (The Washington Post) that once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.


  • World without end.

    By boots saddle
    B.O.R.I.N.G. Far too much domestic blah, blah. Struggled through 50 or so pages and gave up. Save your money.
  • Wonderful series!

    By read1st
    One can really get lost in the story, the history, the setting and time, and the characters! Follet’s covered all bases in Kingbridge!
  • Good

    By krbf11
    It seemed loosely based on the storyline of his first book, and there were lots of character storylines to follow. Regardless, it was incredibly detailed and in depth, and a captivating story at every turn!
  • Great book

    By Kiki088
    Easy to read and super interesting!
  • Another wonderful book...

    By Ptvogelzang
    One more in the series now read, and I've loved each. Fantastic books, and it's incredible how drawn in I get to each book.
  • World Without End

    By LF Girl
    Collet never disappoints, great read.
  • Not a favorite

    By Beckiebobo
    I enjoyed, but often thought Follet was heavily mimicking “Pillars.” Had to finish it, but still my least favorite in this series.
  • Ken follet

    By Broncorich
    Excellent reading
  • World without end

    By Etesen
    I’m not a history student but I’m always intrigued by historical events. I have finished reading World without end and now on Pillars of the earth. I have always wondered how people lived centuries past. Even though mostly fictional, Ken Follett has given me an insight and a window into how life was like in the years past. .... A brilliant writer indeed
  • World without end!

    By helmfy
    Love love love this book! Couldn’t put it down!!!!!!