*Review* -> A Column of Fire by Ken Follett


Das Fundament der Ewigkeit @Donatha Czichy

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3. volume – 36€ – Bastei Lübbe – Hardcover –  E-Book available – 1.162 pages – historical roman – ISBN: 978-3-7857-2600-6 – date of publication: 12.09.2017


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.

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My Opinion

Why I need to read it? One of our main topics in grade 8 or 9 was architecture and buildings in Great Britain, my English teacher recommended to read the “The Pillars of the Earth“ by Ken Follett, after some time I saw exactly this book in our library and took it with full expactations to my home. I enjoyed reading the first volume and also liked the second one. Now the third is available which I am waiting for with pleasant anticipation.
I have to disappoint everyone who expected a historical roman with new cathedrals or bridges. The third volume is not a typical kindgsbridge roman. Indeed most oft the important settings are replaced there and there is a short retrospect but the main topic are the religious wars. His research was real and comprehensive as usual. All historical events were represented in a agile and interesting way. Furthermore the leaps in time make the story more exciting and rousing. Although I expected new architectural masterpieces I can recommend the book to every ken Follett lover.
The spelling style or flowing and the characters elaborated. Of course complicated love stories are not missing and ship lovers will submerge in a great adventure. In my mind the antagonist is fathomless bad and sneaking…
When I remember him I see Gargamel in front of my face. A column of fire convinces me not only on land, but also on the water.

@Donatha Czichy

Editor: Mohamed Sameh ElAwaad

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