Thursday, February 16, 2012

World Without End

World Without End
Author: Ken FollettSource: Charlie from workDays to Read: 3 weeks

Ah these books are so good! There are so many characters and story lines all intertwined. Although this book and Pillars of the Earth are pretty long, (1000+ pages) you never want to put the book down. I know lots of people are intimidated by really long books, but think about how you feel when you are watching a great movie? You just don't want it to end! That is why I LOVE a good long book, it just keeps going and going and going...

Although this is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth, the only connection to the first book is the fact that the story centres around the town of Kingsbridge.  It doesn't matter which book you read first. All the characters in World Without End are new as it takes place over 100 years later.  

In World Without End, one of the main characters, Caris, is a strong and feisty female living in a man's world.  I love her ability to speak out and be bold. She is smart and driven and the "good" presence in the book.  There is a clear feeling of good vs evil throughout the book. There were many times when I became so frustrated because the "bad guys" were getting away with everything and you just wanted to see some justice! Ken Follett develops his characters so well that you feel invested in them and want things to work out.

There is too much that happens in this book to summarize it in a short post but I highly recommend this book if you like "period novels" as my friend Lauren and I call them. Old England, adventure, romance, violence, and architecture! 

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