World Without End

World Without End Summary

#1New York Times Bestseller

In 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected.

World Without Endis its equally irresistible sequel—set two hundred years after The Pillars of the Earth and three hundred years after the Kingsbridge prequel, The Evening and the Morning.

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 of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroads 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. 

Three years in the writing and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End is a "well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages" (The Washington Post) that once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.

Book Reviews


World without end!5 star

Love love love this book! Couldn’t put it down!!!!!!55


World Without End5 star

Ken Follett has a very entertaining writing style. I had a hard time putting it down to sleep and picked it up first thing in the morning. Lots of twists and turns that keep your interest.55


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World without end5 star

The sequel to pillars of the earth. These to me are the best books I have ever read. Follett's best novels. Set in mid evil times, it clearly depicts life as it was then. Never a dull moment to make you bored. I highly recommend these novels to anyone who enjoys a good read. Both very long books. A mini series was made of these novels, and the follow the book exactly. Fantastic acting. The series did not change things like a lot of them do. Enjoy.55

Laurie Gum

My all time favorite book!!5 star

I could read this book a million times and it will never get old.55


Excellent Sequel5 star

Emotionally addictive reading!55


Good read - entertaining way to learn about 14th Century England4 star

Just when I thought Pillars of the Earth was the best historical fiction I had ever read, I might have enjoyed this book even more. First, Ken Follett is a great story-teller; able to create characters that jump out of the pages, and provide a plot that keeps you engrossed. Second, Ken Follett appears to know his stuff when it comes to historical knowledge. Pillars of the Earth and World Without End have left me anxiously awaiting the third book, hopefully due out before the end of 2014. From these books I feel I now have a solid understanding of life in England in the 12th and 14th centuries. Follett gives you a real appreciation for life in those times. He provides great depth on the system of Kings and the Earls who held allegiance, as well as the power of the Church. In my recent travels to Portugal, because of Follett, I understood why architecture dates a little older in the region of France, Spain, and Portugal. Follett taught me how the English were behind in that category, and caught up only after travels to Europe, bringing back with them the knowledge to build better cathedrals. But in the end, as I stated before, Follett simply writes a great story. You don't have to like history one bit in order to enjoy his books, and especially this one.45


Wish it wasn't ended5 star

Pillars Of The Earth is probably one of my 5 all time favorite books. This was almost as good, and just as enjoyable. That's saying a lot.55

Armik B

World without End5 star

Excellent book great follow up to The Pillars of the Earth I would highly recommend both.55

B.J. Cossack

World Without End5 star

This was even better then Pillars. I loved both books and never wanted them to end. Mr. Folliet has such a gift of story telling that before I new it I was pulled right into the world of Kingsbridge. Just beautiful!55

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