Tuesday 15 September 2020

Book Review: The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (Historical Fiction)

Title: The Evening and the Morning
Author: Ken Follett
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication Date: 15 September 2020
Historical Fiction
Source: ARC from Publisher

It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and in England one man's ambition to make his abbey a centre of learning will take the reader on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate.

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel,
The Pillars of The Earth, which has sold over 27 million copies worldwide.

Now, this novel, the prequel, will take the readers on an epic journey that will end where
The Pillars of The Earth begins...

It's been a long time since I read The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, but that did not matter, as there was no need to recall any of the events from those books in order to enjoy this one. The Evening and the Morning was a compelling read from start to finish. Edgar and Ragna were both beautifully drawn characters whose stories I was keen to follow, and there was plenty of action along the way to keep me turning the pages. Talking of pages, with over 800 of them this book might look intimidating, but I found the prose a delight to read, so it never felt like a slog and I went from cover to cover within a week. As with all his historical novels, Follett provides the reader with sufficient information to establish place and time without needing to info dump or get bogged down in too much detail. If you enjoy perfectly crafted historical fiction, I can highly recommend picking up a copy of The Evening and the Morning, whether you are new to Ken Follett's works or have already enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth.

I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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