The Evening and the Morning

The Evening and the Morning

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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.
Publisher: 2020
ISBN: 9781984882028 (electronic bk)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRIVE
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512cadcock
Feb 27, 2021

This book caught my eye being set in the Middle Ages (which I know little about) in England (where my ancestors are from). I learned some interesting things about life in that time and place that I’m assuming are historically accurate. Haven’t read any other Ken Follett books but this book stands on its own even though it’s a prequel to another book he authored. My biggest criticism is that it felt somewhat predictable at times. Even still the story was an easy, enjoyable read which helps to get through this 913 page book more quickly than I expected.

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MaryBertrand
Feb 19, 2021

Over 900 pages of descriptive and passionate writing on the ancient world during a time when humans still slept on beds of straw. A prerequisite to the Knightsbridge Trilogy, it's flowing with romantic, charismatic and fact-based storytelling. Follett has outdone himself with this one.

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Readyreader1st
Feb 13, 2021

Enjoyed this as much as pillars of the earth, these time periods intrigue me, good characters

LCPL_Cindy Jan 12, 2021

I could not wait for the print book so I downloaded the eBook and read this on my phone until my eyes bugged out! WHEW! “Pillars of the Earth” is one of my favorite books and, in my opinion, this prequel was easily as good. From reading the other comments I see that some readers will disagree with me. A few readers judge Ken Follett to not be in top form with this one. To my mind, kudos to Follett for keeping a list of fascinating characters moving through a tense, exciting storyline for a massive 832 pages. Did you know that Ken Follett was a reporter for London’s Evening News prior to becoming a full-time writer? He will spend years doing research, working on an outline, and writing a first draft that he sends to editors, family members, and fact-check historians. He has also admitted to compiling his notes and starting the whole process again from scratch. This dedication to his craft is what makes him one of my favorite authors. As with his other books, be aware that The Evening and the Morning has its fair share of adult language and sexually explicit descriptions. Medieval England was a harsh time in history, especially for slaves, women of child-bearing age, and citizens of any age who happen to fall sick with disease. This story gives us a glimpse of the technological advances that are coming soon, including new building techniques, improved agricultural methods, and the expanded use of water mills. I give this title 5 out of 5 stars and only wish it could have been longer!

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jb4409
Dec 15, 2020

963 pages and my only regret is that weren't more. I couldn't put it down but that's just me. I see from other comments that some people were disappointed but I admire someone who can write a story this interesting.

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ktkdouglascounty
Nov 21, 2020

Ken Follett has lost his mojo! This book is way too long and boring as all get out.
It must be his past success combined with his ego to made him believe he could push a 900+ page novel on the public this boring.

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Einer2
Nov 11, 2020

An easy although very long read but I didn't feel it comes to the level of his earlier works. Eye of the Needle and Pillars of the Earth for example are great books. I had a similar disappointment in the books in the Kingsbridge series that followed Pillars of the the Earth-one I didn't even bother to finish.

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jeancausey
Nov 10, 2020

First, a note to e-readers... On my small iphone I found the map picture unreadable. And the narrative was useless for creating a mental map of the travel paths of the characters. Eventually I pulled up the paper-book page on amazon, and used look-inside to see that page in a readable form.
To all... This is a very long book, and became totally predictable. The central evil-character is so one-dimensionally evil that he just became boring. The good-guys bounced back and forth between tragedy and hope. I skimmed the last third without missing anything. That said, it was interesting to see the origin tale for the central city in the earlier series. And it was worth some reminder of the messy origins of human socio-political constructs.

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dontbugmeimreading
Nov 08, 2020

Pillars of the Earth is one of my favourite books so I was so excited to see that Ken Follett had written a prequel to it. I haven't read Pillars for a while but I have to say this this one seemed very similar to what I remember of it: church/monastery building, bad rich guys trying to stop it, good poor guys just wanting to be left alone to do their thing. So, as much as I liked this book, when I finished I felt like I had read it before. I have to say it also had a lot more graphic sexual and violent scenes than I remember Pillars having so if these things are triggers for you, consider yourself warned. Still gave it 4/5 because it was an entertaining read that I found difficult to put down.

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TheresaAJ
Nov 02, 2020

This prequel to Follett's Kingsbridge series is not for the faint at heart. It's a tome at over 900 pages and vividly illustrates that the Dark Ages were dark on many levels. Covering the years 997 to 1007, the novel focuses on three main characters -- Edgar the builder, Ragna the ealdorman's wife, and Aldred the monk who dreams of a great monastery focused on learning. Caught between the Welsh and the Vikings, West England is trapped in a vicious cycle of pillage, plunder, and always starting over. Follett's ability to draw memorable characters with a few words and a plot that keeps moving creates a vivid picture of English country life in the 11th century. This novel dispels the notion that the Dark Ages were a sleepy time where nothing ever happened. The pursuit of power and money has been around since the dawn of mankind.

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