A spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest cathedral the world has known ... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect-a man divided in his soul ... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame ... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
Fine Printings’ Review
As promised, The Pillars of the Earth was spellbinding, enchanting, engrossing along with any other similar adjective one can think. At over a thousand pages, a reader may be apprehensive about picking it up; however, there is no other way Ken Follett could have told the tale without selling the reader short. Perhaps you are questioning our sanity. A novel about the construction of a cathedral, how could that be entertaining? To put it plainly … in medieval England … how could it not be?
On the other hand, this is not a story for the faint of heart. Even though centered around the forty-year construction of a church, Follett brazenly (and brilliantly) encompasses the plot with murder, lust, back-stabbing, politics, grief, rape, and a long held secret. These characters are easy to love, hate, and laugh with. Families are formed; enemies are made … but as always, good conquers all. A superior read and favorite among ours and as Follett fans, we look forward to seeing more.