HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
It’s unusual for me to recommend a book in an already established series, but the publication of The Evening and the Morning is perfectly timed for both new readers and established fans of Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge series. The Pillars of the Earth, the first book in the series, follows Tom the Builder, a man whose life work is the construction of a cathedral in Kingsbridge, England. The saga gives interesting historical details about the Middle Ages while also building a superb character-driven plot. The Evening and the Morning takes place 200 years prior to Pillars, and follows much of the same structure. The story follows a laborer who helps a devoted clergyman establish the township of Kingsbridge (by building the bridge from which it takes it’s name). Because this latest novel is a prequel, you can begin here, if you haven’t already become a fan of the series. If you loved Pillars, then you do not need any refresher to dive right into Evening. If you haven’t already checked it out, there is a mini-series of The Pillars of the Earth starring Eddie Redmayne that sticks remarkably close to the book, which I also highly recommend.
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss. Thanks!