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“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post

As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? #1 New York Times 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. A thrilling read that makes the perfect gift for the holidays.

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.

Fiction & Literature
July 31
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

sandhillsusie ,

Column of Fire

As always,I was swept away to another time and place. Many emotions erupt and dreams were dreamt. I am sad that it is over. Kingsbridge will forever be in my thoughts. Tom the builder, the priory, Ned, Barney, Sylvie, Swithin, etc... Thank you for writing three of my favorites. The Hornet is another gem. My heart is full and my imagination is running. Amen

charlie4848 ,

Column of Fire

I loved the beautifully conceived fictional characters orbiting the well research historical figures. Really well done.

harveystl ,

A Fabulous and Entertaining Walk Thru History

Once again Ken Follett has written a compelling, intriguing, entertaining and informative historical novel, on a par if not better than, his best to date. Don’t miss the opportunity to read this tale of religion, politics, love and life in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

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