A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge, #3) by Ken Follett

A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge, #3)

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Eli...

Details A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge, #3)

TitleA Column of Fire (Kingsbridge, #3)
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Audiobook, European Literature, British Literature, Novels, Literature, 16th Century, Abandoned, Adult, Romance

Reviews A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge, #3)

  • Emily May
    I've had a whole month and 900+ pages to think about it-- and I just didn't enjoy A Column of Fire as much as The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I think I know why, and I'll get to that in a second, but I'd first like to say that this isn't a bad book. I happily read right through to the end without feeling like it was a chore to finish. Some of Follett's tried and tested formula is present here - namely, a central starcrossed romanc...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    I didn’t want to write this review, I’ve been weighing it up for a few days, but this book is so far removed from the previous two books that a negative review is unavoidable. A Column of Fire is way too short and way too predictable, which is a sort of odd comment to make about a book over 750 pages long with a huge cast of characters. But let me explain. Ken Follet is at his best when he writes massive historical yarns. He mixes the politic...
  • Jen
    My love affair with Follett goes as far back as 13 years, when I was first enraptured by Eye of the Needle. Since then, you've tucked me into bed several nights with your fabulous stories of espionage, romance, historical fiction, and oh so much more.This series makes me sigh as It wraps around me much like a caterpillar In a cocoon. It is fabulously rich in character and plot development and leaves me longing for the next big book you write -esp...
  • Matt
    Ken Follett again took a lengthy hiatus before penning this third novel in the series, which is reflected in the writing and shall be discussed below. Kingsbridge, with its cathedral and mighty bridge, again proves to be the initial backdrop of this thoroughly researched tome, set in the 16th century. The great community emerges in the opening pages of the novel, where the reader encounters Ned Willard, returning after a period away. As the snow ...
  • Jane
    I was asked to review this by Nudge and was thrilled 28 years ago I read the first book - Pillars of the Earth on holiday and was blown away. 18 years later saw the author then bring out the long awaited World without End and 10 years later I am sitting here with the third instalment. The book although a long time coming is worth the wait. I was given one of a limited edition numbered book proof of 1240.This is a spy story with Elizabeth the firs...
  • Jason
    It seems the consensus among Kingsbridge fans is that A Column of Fire is their least favourite. I agree. Forgive my corniness, but A Column of Fire just didn't have the flame the previous two books in the series had. Ken Follett, one of the best-selling authors in history, has never been considered as a spectacular writer. This holds true again in this latest novel. Follett writes quick-paced scenes. His sentences remain as stilted as ever. His ...
  • Marialyce
    I did it, or should I say Ken Follett did it? He managed to in nine hundred and six pages, to continue the story he started two books ago with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Amazing to me is that Mr Follett not only wrote this many pages, but also so aptly filled those pages with a story that was hard to put down. If you loved the first two books in this series, you are going to be in love once again.In this novel, the year is 15...
  • Diane S ☔
    I was very familiar with this time period, the religious wars in France and England, the Spanish Inquisition. So much bloodshed, killing in the name of the Lord. A huge cast of characters, no character list provided, took quite a while to remember who was who, this is a very lengthy tome. A fantastic portraying of the history of this time period. Yet, for me frustrating as well. In his effort to cover so much ground, in different areas, he sacrif...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    4.5 “Sometimes Ned felt he lived in a rotten world.” I haven't read World Without End yet, but according what I've gathered from the reviews I've seen and my experience with the wonderful The Pillars of the Earth, A Column of Fire seems to be significantly different from both its predecessors. The most heard complaints are, as far as I know, the weakness of the romance and the lack of depth when it comes to the characters, most likely due t...
  • Pauline
    'A Column of Fire' by Ken Follett. I loved 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'World Without End' so I had high hopes for this book but I think I was put off by the fact that I had read a lot of historical books about this period so it was rather boring to me. I did engage with a couple of the characters and found parts of the book interesting.
  • Maria Espadinha
    Se Isto é Religião?!Esta obra recordou-me (e já vão entender porquê) um excerto duma cantiga de Chico Buarque que soa mais ou menos assim:"...mesmo quando minhas mãos estão empenhadas em torturar, trucidar, matar...meu coração fecha os olhos e sinceramente, chora!..."Será religião queimar em fogueiras, torturar e massacrar?!...Aonde é que estão a paz e o amor pelo próximo que a religião apregoa aos 4 ventos?!...Foram múltiplas as ...
  • Sarah
    I'm giving this four stars because in comparison to many other historical fiction books, it certainly deserves that many stars at least. In comparison to Follett's other Kingsbridge novels, sadly, I'd only give it three stars.There is something magical about The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. In those novels Follett weaves together the lives of ordinary people and makes what might otherwise seem mundane, engrossing. They tell the tal...
  • Clif Hostetler
    The Reformation was a time when religion was front and center in national, social and personal identity. It was so important that it was common practice to kill those who held incorrect beliefs. The concept of tolerance was generally an abhorrent thought because it suggested that correct religious belief wasn't absolutely important and true. This book is a historical novel about a time when toleration of religious diversity was beginning to take ...
  • Anne Goldschrift
    Ich muss ehrlich sagen, dass ich mich mehr darauf gefreut habe, als es mich letztlich überzeugt hat. Ja, die Geschichte war toll, aber eigentlich hatte es so gar nichts mehr mit Die Säulen der Erde zu tun. Weder inhaltlich oder zeitlich, noch vom Gefühl beim Lesen. Es ist interessant, einen so großen Überblick über den Konflikt zwischen Katholiken und Protestanten zu bekommen, aber es war mir einfach irgendwann zu viel. Zu viele Zahlen, zu ...
  • Erin
    Yes, I have done this many times:watched a man die knowing that I, more than anyone else, had brought him to his just but dreadful punishment. I did it for my country, which is dear to me; for my sovereign, whom I serve; and for something else, a principle, the belief that a person had the right to make up his own mind about God. He was the last of many men I sent to hell, but he made me think of the first...Well, my hats off to Mr. Ken Follett ...
  • Amy
    I'm a huge fan of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. After only two chapters of this book I am hugely disappointed. It is difficult to believe that Ken Follet wrote this book. The language is juvenile and the vernacular is very modern and western. I'll continue reading and hope for some improvement.
  • Nikita
    I love his writing.... this one just fell short
  • Tim
    "Religous hypocrisy" may be a better title for this long, tortuous, brutal, murdering and warring legions under the guise of Catholics and Protestants. While I admire Ken Follett as an author, I despise this story. 1 of 10 stars
  • Célia
    Mesmo tendo sido escrito há quase 30 anos, Os Pilares da Terra continua a ser, sem grande dúvida, o livro mais lido e adorado do escritor britânico Ken Follett. Dezoito anos depois surgiu Mundo sem Fim, a sequela decorrida dois séculos depois da história original, que recuperou a população de Kingsbridge no século XIV, durante o período da Peste Negra. Agora, Ken Follett decidiu prosseguir com esta série, voltando a Kingsbridge no sécu...
  • Tanja Berg
    I expect sumptuous historical novels from Ken Follett and he definitely delivered again. The cast of villains and heroes is vast. This time the setting is time of Elizabeth I. She inherited the throne from her catholic sister Mary, much to the chagrin of the English Catholics. They would much rather have had a Catholic Queen, and many set their eyes on Mary, Queen of Scots. The main character of this book is Ned Willard. He is in love with Marger...
  • Liviu
    a long book that moves extremely fast and while fairly predictable and with black and white characters without much subtlety, it is still very gripping and keeps one turning the pages; while technically Kingsbridge 3, the action is on a much larger canvas following the long religious struggle of the second half of the 16th century, mainly in England and France abut also in the Low Countries and even the Americas; a few notable events like the Nig...
  • Joanne Freitas
    Para que gosta de livros históricos este é maravilhoso. Adorei as personagens e a história. As 800 páginas foram lidas num ápice.
  • Lindsey
    I received a copy of the book from a Goodreads Giveaway.I will start by saying I loved the first two books in the Kingsbridge series. I remember being engrossed with their stories so I was very excited to read the third installment. However, if you choose to write a Tudor-era book that is one of many in a sea of Elizabethan novels, it had better be fantastic and this just wasn't. It irritated me to no end that most of the fictional characters som...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    4.5 stars. "A Column of Fire" is the third book in Ken Follett's Kingsbridge series. I have not read the first two books but after reading this one, I really want to go back to read those two books as well as some of Follett's other books! That being said, this book works rather well as a standalone book. Standing at over 900 pages, you are in Follett's very capable hands so the pages fly by! This is a historical fiction epic.The book takes place...
  • Phyllis
    I loved this whole series, starting with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. This book covers the lives of several families in the town of Kingsbridge in England in the 1500s. Ned Willard is a spy for Queen Elizabeth and the love of his life is Margary who is forced to marry an Earl who she doesn't love. Religion, politics and European history come together in England, France, Spain, The Netherlands. It is about power, intolerance, an...
  • Chiara
    Mi trovo un tantino in difficoltà nel giudicare e commentare La colonna di fuoco.Senza tessere lodi sperticate, che peraltro non me la sento di imbastire, direi che è un buon romanzo. Ecco, questo è un ottimo inizio. Spero che, un passettino alla volta, riuscirò a esprimere tutto quello che vorrei far emergere di questo colosso.L'opera di Ken Follett si colloca come ultimo pilastro (passatemi l'allusione, ve ne prego) della trilogia di Kingsb...
  • Donna
    No doubt, this author is a master storyteller. His writing is beautiful. And for as long as his books are, they don't feel long because he keeps things moving, his descriptions are richly layered in and his characters all sound so authentic in a way that is understandable. Usually when authors try to walk that line, things start sounding stereotypical, but he manages to not cross that line. I admire that. I also enjoyed the historical fiction. It...
  • George
    FASCINATING HISTORY. GRANDILOQUENT SOAP OPERA. “When a man is certain that he knows God’s will, and is resolved to do it regardless of the cost, he is the most dangerous person in the world.” (p. 200)Seen through the eyes of Ken Follett in his Kingsbridge Series of novels, the history of Europe, from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries, is an ongoing, grandiloquent, epic soap opera peopled by some of the most compelling characters...