The Evening and the Morning

The Evening and the Morning

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"It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined: A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land. But the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power. Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020
ISBN: 9781432883485
Branch Call Number: L FIC FOL
Characteristics: 969 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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Oct 18, 2020

Ken Follet's THE EVENING AND THE MORNING is another superb edition to his writing. The is a prequel to the outstanding Kingsbridge series that began with PILLARS OF THE EARTH. While I wondered how this concept would work (worked for STAR WARS) - I was not in the least bit disappointed. Great character development and story line. While some of it is harsh in its language and portrayal, I can easily imagine that things may well have been that way back in the years 997-1006. Great read - all 913 pages of it.

Oct 11, 2020

This was a great disappointment.

I have read most of the author’s works and enjoyed them
Unfortunately, the author seems to fallen in the same foul pit of vulgarity, sex and violence that one now finds in other venues.

Some of the references to sex and details of such seem gratuitous and over the top.

I would rate this as a one star.

Oct 10, 2020

When I read "Pillars of the Earth," I thought no story could come close. Well, I was wrong. This prequel is just as good. It has very strong characters, mainly the passionate and virtuous Lady Ragna, the Boat Builder turned Master Builder, Edgar and the pious Monk Alder. They strive to maintain law and justice in the area of Western England with a clever and nefarious Bishop and his oafish brother trying their best to prevent them. This Bishop is ruthless and will stop at nothing for more power. Follett tells the gripping story and one can hardly stop reading all 900 pages in one sitting!

Oct 10, 2020

This is a beautiful book: well written with a solid story line, and well-rounded characters.  I enjoyed all 900 pages.  It's second only to Pillars of the Earth, thus 4 stars instead of 5.

Oct 07, 2020

Another well told story by Ken Follett. The characters come alive as they all play a part as townspeople, bandits, murderous bishops, and benevolent rulers. Ragna plays the strong female lead as a love story retreats and reverts with Edgar the boatbuilder- turn bridge builder- turn cathedral mason. Female independence, slavery, criminal justice, disease, corrupt rulers.......Who'd know is was really the Dark Ages! Wanting more, I'll just re-read "The Pillars of the Earth."

Sep 24, 2020

I was delighted to find this book coming out this month and placed a hold on it immediately. I have loved all 913 pages. Pillars of the Earth is my all-time favorite and Ken Follett has not let me down with this prequel. I highly recommend this wonderful book.

Sep 15, 2020

I love Ken Follett’s series that began with The Pillars of the Earth. Now he has written a prequel for it. And it continues to please. I know the bad guys are going to lose in the end, but they always hang on until the last pages. As in the other three books, the characters are connected to Kingsbridge, which in this case was the small hamlet of Dreng’s Ferry. It is a story of the Dark Ages, beginning in 997 with a Viking attack. What I found most interesting about this book is the focus on small projects, like a bridge which replaced the ferry, bringing more people into town as well as building of a small monastery church. Technology today seems so small, and yet it was an important part of the buildup of building the large cathedrals. What surprised me—the local priest’s determination to provide education to laypeople. Yes, for the most part they were monied people because the school supported the church. I thought that during the dark ages books were chained to the shelves of the church libraries and because knowledge was power, only the local aristocracy and the religious leaders were allowed to read. And yet here, Brother Aldred is determined to start a school. In exchange for Edgar, a boatbuilder who evolved into a carpenter, building the bridge Edgar taught him to read.

Aug 30, 2020

Hope this will be purchased in e-book format as well...


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