The Evening and the Morning - Ken Follett

The Evening and the Morning

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,531 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of 2020

A thrilling and addictive new novel--a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth--set in England at the dawn of a new era: the Middle Ages

"Just as transporting as [The Pillars of the Earth] . . . A most welcome addition to the Kingsbridge series." --The Washington Post

It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns.

In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined. A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land, but the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.


  • Hard to describe how much I enjoyed this book!

    By Pair8hed
    Stunning and captivating. A ‘page-turner’ to be certain.
  • Thrilling ride

    By AnnieGoo
    The characters and plot pull you in and draw you close. Follett never seems to disappoint.
  • The Bad Guys Lives the Best Years of Their Lives

    By Craptocustomer
    I’ve started to notice a trend with Ken Follet’s “Kingsbridge” series. The bad guys lives the best years of their lives. It makes for a depressing and unfulfilling read because there’s no repercussions until the good people have suffered, lost every battle, and given up. Then the antagonists finally screwed up somewhere and pay a small price for all the evil they’ve committed at an old ripe age that garners only a few pages of turmoil. Less than .05%/100.00% of the series was written for the karma on the antagonists. Follet’s message is clear: a good person does not have the ability to save another. Evildoers achieves greatness and you wait for them to implode upon themselves.
  • Masterful

    By big loud 1
    I literally read it in a weekend. It disrupted my sleep, eating and everything else schedule. I was enthralled and entertained through out. I’m a fan. Now that I’ve read the precursor to pillars of the earth. Time to go back and re read that. And spend a little more time with Ken
  • Mr. Follett does it again

    By ciretsof
    I devoured this most recent installment of the Kingsbridge saga just like the others. What the characters lack in depth and nuance, they make up for in tugging at heartstrings and stoking fires of anger and resentment. Follett is a master storyteller, as he proves here once again.
  • A Fizzing Formula

    By RGNC07
    If you read the trilogy you have already read better versions of this book. Essentially same story with different names and dates.
  • Dark age characters speak in 21st century dialogue

    By Cappy28
    Granted we don’t wish the author to emulate Canterbury Tales, but really, this book reads more like a Made for TV movie. Book is comprised mainly of dialogue and sounds like it was written for YA audience. Predictable plot and thin characterization.
  • Loved it!

    By GDub767
    Great book! Similar to “Pillars of the Earth”, but still wonderful!
  • The Evening and The Morning

    By juancho estrella
    Absolutely wonderful lesson of that time in history! As I devoured this book I forced myself to chew/read slower and slower wanting to relish every word!
  • Prequel

    By LeftCenterField
    A worthy companion to the subsequent trilogy. Somewhat abrupt ending.