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You will find yourself transported to England in the 1100s. You will meet an unforgettable cast of characters whose lives are entwined by the building of a cathedral in Kingsbridge.
From Ken Follett's site: In a time of civil war, famine and religious strife, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against this backdrop, lives entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age.
My middle-grade manuscript is set in Belgium in the 1500s. Many of the details of daily life popped off the page because of my research into daily life during the Medieval period. Ken Follett's attention to detail makes you feel as if you are part of this life, almost a thousand years ago. But the detail is not overdone. It's woven seamlessly into the plot. All of the characters are so real, I feel like I know them. And, and, and.....it's not a dark story. There are many trials and tribulations, and bad things happen, but always you're left with a sense of hope. My kind of book.
I cannot wait to read World Without End. It's not a sequel in the truest sense of the word, but it does follow from Pillars.