The Evening and the Morning - Ken Follett

The Evening and the Morning

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 3,733 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of 2020

The thrilling and addictive prequel to The Pillars of the Earth--set in England at the dawn of a new era: the Middle Ages

"Just as transporting as [The Pillars of the Earth] . . . A most welcome addition to the Kingsbridge series." --The Washington Post

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 his home 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 it soon becomes clear to her 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.

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.


  • Evening and morning

    By juleseberg
    Fantastic reading
  • Loved this

    By Kerryr3
    Great story and addition to the Kings Bridge story line
  • Outstanding as always for Follett

    By Strutzr
    I keep thinking that Follett’s books cannot possibly get better and, as always, I am pleasantly disappointed that they are! I’ve read ever book of Follett’s with my first taste being Eye of the Needle some 40 years ago. Never disappointed. Always drawn in to where I feel I know all the characters personally - the good and the evil ones. This story is a riveting conclusion to the Pillars series and was a wonderful prequel.
  • Yes and no

    By Chucksue
    It’s been several years since reading Pillars of the Earth and l was intrigued with this prequel story. All the plot twists were well done but the constant sexual activity descriptions were over done! Except for the historical setting and lifestyle, I wouldn’t have finished the book. A woman’s bodice ripper by a male author. Sorry

    By tigerfromthej
    Such an amazing read. Love this book. I never wanted it to end.
  • Excellent as always!

    By Lads62
    Reminded me of Pillars of the Earth. Hard to put this one down.
  • Vulgar

    By Dgb65
    While the historical setting is informative and fascinating, many scenes were spoiled by gratuitous, vulgar sexual escapades that added nothing to the story. Disappointing.
  • Amazon historical fiction

    By Greg Canal Winchester OH
  • Awesome

    By Rich&Big
    Fillet continues to amaze.
  • Excellent as always

    By Pclut
    Loved this book! Kept me wanting to know what would happen next. Love the way he is able to intertwine all of these lives. Sad it ended.