A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 345 Ratings
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“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.


  • Fascinating—Good book

    By Billyroy7
    Not quite as well done as Pillars of the earth, but still entertaining and provides an interesting historical perspective on the way people lived in the 1500/1600’s. The story itself is fascinating.
  • Spectacular

    By TomB5
    Pillars of the Earth is perhaps my favorite book all time and a Column of Fire is a worthy successor. I could not put this down and read it in five days. The historical period is fascinating and Follett is a master at weaving fictional characters into the narrative. A must read!
  • Perhaps the worst book EVER

    By Reidsvillegirl
    When characters are described as “cute” and “sexy” in a novel set in Tudor England, that’s a cue that you’re wading into something bad. If you want a good historical read on Tudor England try CJ Sansom.
  • A riveting read through English History

    By Steely1954
    A marvelously written series of the battle to break the power of the Church/State alliance in Europe and England. The Catholic history in the first two episodes was critically honest, with compelling characters and amazing architectural and religious details of everyday life in Medieval England. The third is a sweeping epic of the Protestant Reformation and the political intrigue behind the scenes. A true treat for any reader, but especially for me with my Masters in Historical Theology.
  • Love Love Love

    By LisaGG92
    A wonderful continuation of the epic tales from Kingsbridge. So much fun to read and I love that the characters in this novel go farther afield to mainland Europe. I’m ready for the next installment!
  • Wonderfully Captivating

    By pw!642
    Ken Follett is such a wonderful story teller mixing the real history of the times with intriguing fictional characters who tell the story. Once you pick up this book and begin to read, be prepared to put other things aside.
  • Ken Follett does not disappoint.

    By Widowernewbe
    I hope we do not have to wait 10 years for the next book into new worlds.
  • The Best Writer on the World

    By SBonner
    I have read every book written by Ken, and every book is excellent.
  • Great story

    By melwood11
    Typical Follett’ he is in a league alone
  • An Historical Triumph

    By Life's Purpose
    No one can hook you into a story like Follette. No one can introduce you to so many characters and make them clearly recognizable through hundreds and hundreds of pages. So much of this book is based on true history. The way Mr. Follette weaves together fact and fiction is fascinating and incredibly entertaining.