The Evening And The Morning by Ken Follett
Genres: Historical Fiction
Narrator: John Lee
Length: 24 hours 20 minutes
Publication Date: 15th September
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
When I heard Ken Follett had a new book coming out I couldn’t wait. A couple of days after its release I saw the audiobook on my library app and put a hold on it straightaway. Even after a couple of days the wait was already long and it was estimated that I wouldn’t be getting my turn until March next year, but a few weeks later I was lucky enough to be notified that my hold was ready. And I didn’t waste any time.
The Evening And The Morning is a prequel to the Pillars of the earth. It’s a tome just like the previous books in the Kingsbridge series, but that didn’t stop me from flying through the audiobook.
Like the other books in this is a well written book with a great plot, that keep you wanting more. There are lots of wonderful details and descriptions which I really enjoy and one of the reasons why I am a fan of Ken Follett’s books, well the ones I’ve read so far that is. There is quite a lot of detail that is not for the faint hearted and there are some triggers that may not be suitable for all readers so please go in with caution.
The pacing was pretty steady throughout with a few slow parts thrown in but nothing that bothered me too much or that affected my reading.
I really enjoyed discovering more about the new characters. Once there are a lot to keep a track of, which I struggle to do most of the time, but soon I started to get into the flow of things and as we get to know them a bit more I started to remember who was who. There are a variety of characters some which I found very likeable and some not so much but the combination of good and bad worked well.
All in all, a great read. I definitely recommend this book especially if you loved the Kingsbridge series, and if you haven’t read the series don’t worry as I personally feel you can read this one as a standalone.
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