Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: The Evening and the Morning The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

Author:  Ken Follett

Publisher: Viking

Genre: Historical Fiction

Length: 720 Pages

Release Date: September 15, 2020

Blurb: It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and in England one man’s ambition to make his abbey a centre of learning will take the reader on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate.

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of The Earth, which has sold over 27 million copies worldwide.

Now, this novel, the prequel, will take the readers on an epic journey that will end where The Pillars of The Earth begins…

Why I’m Excited For It:  This week I discovered that there are not one, but two new books in beloved series that are releasing this fall (the other one I’m saving for a future post).  The Pillars of the Earth and its sequels are some of my favorite books of all time.

They feature large casts swept up in endless drama, romance, scheming villains, the roller coaster ride of the character’s triumphs and defeats… I’ve often described these books as medieval soap operas, all centered around the same fictional church and town.

Now it seems this book is set during the Viking age, and you already know how I feel about that.  It’s the prequel I didn’t know I needed.

Have you read any of The Pillars of the Earth books?  Are you as excited for this as I am?

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20 thoughts on “Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

  1. Great pick – I saw the news about this one last week. It’s been ages since I read The Pillars of the Earth books, but they were a fantastic glimpse into the past. Definitely looking forward to this.

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    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I didn’t know they were even planning this. I thought they were done after A Column of Fire, so I almost fell out of my chair when I saw it. I’m really hoping Viking approves my request for an eGalley, but not holding my breath.

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    • I know Historical Fiction is a little out of genre for us- but I love this series so much. The last one was a little disappointing but the first two books are well worth the time investment. You could maybe even start with this one since it’s a prequel!

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  2. I read the first one in the series – and since it was a long time ago, memory is a bit blurred, but I remember it with fondness, although I never read the sequels. My niece did, however, and loves the saga, so I will surprise her with the news of a prequel book: I’m sure she’ll be very happy about it 🙂

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  3. I keep meaning to read Pillars of the Earth but dang it is a loooong book lol. I used to read a lot more historical fiction than I do these days. Still, maybe one day! Hope you enjoy this one!

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