The Pillars of the Earth ~ Ken Follett
By: Jinan Al Harthy
A story of a man who travels halfway across medieval England in the dead of the winter, chasing his dream of building a cathedral, sacrificing his own fortune and well-being, and that of his family. As the story unfolds, generations are born, alliances are built and broken, and people are killed for lust, power and food.
Personal opinion: It’s been a while since I read such an intriguing book. The plot was great and the characters very credible. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the book (a whopping 973 pages!); it was a smooth read and a page-turner, although I think it could’ve been half as big and still just as good. There was some repetition at times and I personally skipped the parts where the architecture was being described. The ending was rather predictable and unimpressive, but that’s ok since I found myself holding my breath quite so often throughout the book. Definitely THE book to read.
My Rating: 9/10
I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read, particularly fans of romance, thrillers and historical fiction aged 16+