A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 176 Ratings
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“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post

International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories of the Middle Ages set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga now continues with Follett’s magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.

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.


  • Ken Follett does not disappoint.

    By Widowernewbe
    I hope we do not have to wait 10 years for the next book into new worlds.
  • The Best Writer on the World

    By SBonner
    I have read every book written by Ken, and every book is excellent.
  • Great story

    By melwood11
    Typical Follett’ he is in a league alone
  • An Historical Triumph

    By Life's Purpose
    No one can hook you into a story like Follette. No one can introduce you to so many characters and make them clearly recognizable through hundreds and hundreds of pages. So much of this book is based on true history. The way Mr. Follette weaves together fact and fiction is fascinating and incredibly entertaining.
  • A column of fire

    By Cgpcpa
    Great historical book.
  • Hopeless romantics rejoice

    By KurtGronau
    If you are a Fan of the series and author, you will not be disappointed. I particularly liked the battle of the Spanish Armada and how the main characters were followed.
  • Must read!

    By Luna920
    Outstanding book! I love his writing and I find his books hard to put down. This is a must read for lovers or historical fiction.
  • Outstanding Read

    By Bossgolfer1
    Ken Follett never disappoints. Another masterpiece.
  • The master excels again

    By WET Sr
    This is yet another superb experience from the master of history and narrative that weaves the characters into the true events of the time. It is captivating, informative and enlightening. To a reviewer who apparently knows nothing of history but couches his world in a political echo chamber, it may have been a disappointment. To an educated mind that engages a wide variety of literature it was a disappointment only that the end was inevitably reached. The entire series has been a gift from the one of the true giants of his art and his craft. Thank you, Mr. Follett, you enrich our lives.
  • Same old stuff

    By Gint
    Anyone who read Edge of Eternity, the disastrous finale to the Fall of Giants trilogy, knows Follet’s extreme liberal act by now; anything conservative is evil and a threat. Column of Fire is no different, though it doesn’t take more than the opening chapter to realize this. In this one it’s the Catholic Church that’s the evil villain and anyone who is in it is a stupe. I’m done with this guy, he’s completely gone off the edge.