A Column of Fire - Ken Follett

A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 707 Ratings)



“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post

As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.

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 Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.
The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.


  • PSLRob

    By pslrob
    Terrific book, I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. Ken Follett is a master storyteller. His characters will stay with me forever!
  • A Column of Fire

    By lookin fir HateLove
    I loved this book. It is the third of the Kingsbridge books and includes the fascinating 1500s in England and France. The characters are delicious and you cannot wait to see what they will do next. The momentous events of that century seen through these characters’ eyes will thrill and excite you. 5 Stars!!!
  • Absolutely un-putdownable

    By rokinrev
    “There’s something you must try to understand Roger. There are no saints in politics. But imperfect people can still change the world for the better” This amazing book, a shade over 900 pages, had me captivated from the first page. It is the story of Ned Willard, a boy from Kingsbridge, and his life that brought him into the realms of rich and powerful people; divided his family religiously and in the end made him a well respected member of Queen Elizabeth’s privy council, with plenty of changes to help change the known Roman Catholic world into a divided and divisive known world. The love of Ned’s life, Margery Fitzgerald, given to wealthy man in hopes of raising the status of the family, rather than being allowed to marry for love, becomes embroiled in trying to save the known world from the scourge of Protestantism. She is forced to remain secretive over her and her family’s roles in more than one attempt at reclamation of Roman Catholic rule. The two weave their ways through the Tudor history set down only as Ken Follett can. With echos of Jack the Builder, the World keeps spinning as his and Caris’ descendants find love in the midst of hate and attempt peace in a time of war. I have been a Tudorphile for the better part of my 60 years, writing major papers on Elizabeth I and her tolerant religious and political stands. To me, this is a marvelous look at the time and a glorious way to end the Kingsbridge series...if it truly is the end
  • Column of Fire

    By Irish Marty
    Couldn't be more impressed with this story. Better than a movie for sure. I enjoyed the conflicts and the opposition as well as the moves and counter moves each character made. The writing and descriptions make me feel like I'm there, present in the mind of each character and physical location of the story. The heroes and villains are believable and relatable. The author has a gift and I appreciate the way he shares that gift with each of us.
  • Not his best

    By GCLaw
    This book rambles and lacks cohesion. The characters are boring.
  • Another masterpiece

    By BobMc24
    Follett is my favorite author and the Kingsbridge series is my favorite. I had been watching a very popular series on Netflix when this book came to my attention. I couldn’t put this one down and didn’t watch Netflix once along the way. Another captivating and fascinating story.
  • A Column of Fire

    By FLbluey
    Follett doesn't disappoint. A wonderful saga with historical context - amazing characters - well worth your time! Highly recommended. Enjoy!
  • So good

    By JDM 1114
    Follett does it again! This was such a great read. While Long, it was worth the journey. I was sad when i finished it.....wanting more! Can’t wait for the next one.
  • Terrible!

    By Seriously nothing
    "Pillars of the Earth" is my favorite book, "World Without End" is within my top 5. This book is AWFUL from the 1st page to the last. Not at all engaging, a severe disappointment!
  • A Column of Fire

    By PushpushStable
    An astounding work which leaves this reader with a yearning to quickly begin the next book.