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 2,840 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.


  • Great reader

    By trnprt
    I have taken this book everywhere reading it bit by bit. Just finished it while my husband was walking a trail off of the 4 wheeling trail we are on in Arizona. The internet is great up here in no place so was able to download another of his books faster than at home.
  • Another hit!

    By Pam96706
    I loved everything about this book. I will now re-read the other three books in the series.
  • Captured my interest

    By Billdex
    I found the book extremely interesting and looked forward to grabbing reading time. I enjoyed the weaving of the characters throughout the story.
  • Disappointed

    By Jmoskow
    Loved all the other books in this series. This one though was chapter after chapter of the bad guys doing horrible things. Ending was too predictable.
  • Hi Hum

    By Willy708
    I love Follet’s books. This was my least favorite. Took me forget to get through it.
  • Great read!

    By NJSGuitar
    This was a long book, but I couldn’t put it down. It captivated my interest. A picture of life 1000 years ago was fascinating. People are people. Personalities are the same, just different circumstances for good or evil.
  • He did it again, another great book!!

    By TamiColby
    A little slow in the beginning, but I kept going, and like all his other books, I couldn’t put it down. I even found myself waking up in the middle of the night to keep reading. Now I feel I need to re-read “Pillars of The Earth.” Thank you Ken Follett!!
  • The evening and the Morning

    By audiosandy
    I loved how Ragna, the heroine was portrayed.
  • Oh Brother...

    By Rapha Fan
    While I am a huge fan of Follett, this book was more than a challenge to finish. I would have to agree with other reviewers that it does not feel authentic to Follett’s work. I’m sorry to be negative - “The Morning and The Evening” reads more like a grocery store Romance novel. This teetered on ridiculous...
  • Hard to describe how much I enjoyed this book!

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