A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2017-09-21
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 74 Ratings
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The saga that has enthralled the millions of readers of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.

The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of 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.

Elizabeth knows that alluring, headstrong Mary Queen of Scots lies in wait in Paris. Part of a brutally ambitious French family, Mary has been proclaimed the rightful ruler of England, with her own supporters scheming to get rid of the new queen.

Over a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. With Elizabeth clinging precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents, it becomes clear that 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 the cost.


  • Daveycoool

    By Twmfg
    A fantastic read from start to finish, a thrilling journey through a tumultuous period in British history. I do hope he has a 4th book planned🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
  • A column of fire

    By Ikiemow
    This review is offered in the form of one word. “BRILLIANT”.
  • Another Gem

    By Ronmet1
    I have been waiting for this book to arrive and it did not disappoint me. Ken Follett has to be the best historical writer out there. A brilliant book and I cannot recommend it enough. I am sad it has come to an end.
  • A column of fire

    By MzeeAlan
    A wonderful gripping novel with an intriguing plot interwoven into real history. This is the beauty of Ken Follett books. This, his latest, is without doubt up amongst his best. A story you cannot put down, characters you feel you know, both good and bad, you want to reach the end but don't want it to finish ... tragedy and success ... joy and sorrow, all the emotions are part of the story that makes it so real. You end the book wanting to know if the story will continue ...
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