World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2) by Ken Follett

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Eighteen years after the publication of The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett has written the the long awaited sequel, World Without End.
World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time, the men and women among an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas -- about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race: the Black Death.

Title : World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
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ISBN : 0525950079
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 1014 pages


Emily May rated it ★★★★☆

September 05, 2017

We who are born poor have to use cunning to get what we want. Scruples are for the privileged. I must confess-- I am addicted to these Ken Follett novels. I finished World Without End and had to pick up A Column of Fire immediately. I'm also going to get to his Century trilogy at some point. Th...

Stephen rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2011

Put some towels down because I sense a fully formed gush geyser about to spill all over this review. This book was fantastic and really did it for me. I loved it, all 1000+ pages, and I wouldn’t have minded if it was considerably longer (TWSS). After more than loving The Pillars of the Earth (th...

Lynn rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 04, 2013

This "companion" novel to Follett's 1989 classic The Pillars of the Earth is set in the same community, 200 years later. I'd been excited about it ever since I heard it was coming out this fall - Maybe too excited, because it just didn't live up to my expectations. The first half of the book seeme...

Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2018

Here’s a book that completely copies the first book in the series. Here’s a book that follows the same sense of narrative progression, character development and resolution as it predecessor. It is one who's characters bear a striking resemblance to their ancestors in terms of individual personali...

Amalia rated it ★★★★☆

January 08, 2018

“Whether I’ve been good or bad, I don’t think God will be fooled by a last-minute change of heart.” ‘’World Without End’’ is the second installment in Follett’s Kingsbridge series and what a world it is….Set during one of the most turbulent times in European History, amidst the beginning of the...

Dan rated it ★★★☆☆

March 12, 2015

Set two centuries after Pillars of the Earth, the people of Kingsbridge are at it again. The cathedral built in Pillars is in disrepair after part of the roof caved in, the bridge collapsed, and the prior is dead. Also, the constant maneuvering continues... So, I fell into a trap with this one. Af...

James rated it ★★★★★

April 12, 2017

5 stars to Ken Follett's World Without End. One of my favorite books of all time... I was just mesmerized by the characters and everything they went thru. It is a MUST read. It's a long read, and it takes place hundreds of years ago, but if you can handle the primitive nature of the timeline, the...

La Petite Américaine rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2008

In all practical theory, this book should be on my 'Sucked' shelf. It's a tale of the Middle Ages, the gross injustices of the time, and it truly amounts to a thousand-page Medieval soap opera. It hasn't got much to do with it's predecessor The Pillars of the Earth , except that it's in the same...

James rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 13, 2008

Follett finally completed the sequel to his evergreen historical novel, The Pillars of the Earth, and although I was compelled by the story enough to read all 1024 pages in a week, I was saddened at how poorly the book compares with its predecessor. It is interesting to consider the nearly 20 year...

Dana rated it ★★★★★

March 20, 2018

World Without End is written in the third person but isn't choppy like some third person books are. I loved that we get to see the characters grow up and mature. They all encounter hardships (war, death, disappointed hopes and dreams, the black plague) but never stop fighting and never give up h...

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