The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (Author)
As a piece in the Kingbridge series of the acclaimed author Ken Follet, the Evening and the Morning Summary is published amidst much excitement. So good that one reader reported he “spent all evening and morning devouring it from cover to cover”, this is a real page-turner that is set at the tail end of the Dark Ages. Built its story around a star-crossed love, the novel also bears hints of the pieta.
Classified as a fiction, but the author did skilfully insert rich historical detail in the book. I feel very happy that I don’t have to live in the Dark Ages (which looks like hell even compared to 2020). The time is set in the 997 CE, when England had to take attack both from the West (by the Welsh) and the East (by the Vikings).
Amidst turbulence, the character’s lives began to intertwine with each other. We saw one boatbuilder whose house was raided by the Vikings, leaving him without a place to come home to. We saw a noblewoman, who was lucky enough to marry the love of her life, and the two of them traveled across the sea to a new land. The bubbly love story ended when she realized how she was so different from the people her husband was so familiar with. We also saw a lot of people who are in constant thirst for power, and a world in which a single misstep would be catastrophic. Epic storytelling that is going to make you lose yourself.
A tale about the unstable and chaotic England on the cusp of the Middle age, The Evening and the Morning is a razor-sharp story about death and birth, love, and hate.
“[A] richly told, complex story . . . Follett is a powerful storyteller . . . [whose] fans will enjoy this jaunt through the days before England was merry.”
“[An] absorbing and lengthy saga of life in a chaotic and unstable England on the cusp of the Middle Ages . . . Fans of Follett's ever-popular Kingsbridge series . . . will flock to this . . . while intrigued newcomers can start here.”
Praise for Ken Follett and the Kingsbridge series
“Follett is a master.”
—The Washington Post
“Follett takes you to a time long past with brio and razor-sharp storytelling. An epic tale in which you will lose yourself.”
—The Denver Post
“[Follett is a] master of the sweeping, readable epic.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer