- Author Ken Follett
As a big fan of The Pillars of the Earth, I couldn’t quite work out how there could be a sequel. How can you follow something quite so epic and sprawling and do it successfully? Well, I needn’t have pondered. I loved World Without End, perhaps even more than the original. Despite its length, it was an absolute page-turner, I was hooked and read it at every opportunity.
It is a sequel only in so much as it takes place in the same location. You don’t need to have read the original to get into this one, and there are only brief nods to the characters of the first book - with a few of our main protagonists distantly related. Instead, we are introduced to a new cast and we get to follow them through a good proportion of the lives. Highs and lows, triumphs, tragedies, the book is all-encompassing. There are surprises around every corner, and just when you think something is settled, it is turned on its head. Everything is covered, from the small day-to-day lives of these characters, to the larger things they have to deal with, like the plague!
If I have just one complaint, it is that the long-running will they, won’t they relationship took just a couple of turns too many for my liking. Actually, not even that, it’s just he swore it was the last time he would ask her to marry her at least twice, maybe even three times, and still kept coming back for more. But that’s love, isn’t it? Regardless, this is a top notch book and if it wasn’t so long, I’d have gone back to the beginning and read it all over again.