A Column of Fire

By Ken Follett

A Column of Fire - Ken Follett
  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,461 Ratings



“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.


  • Interesting history but was bashing Catholicism. He is obviously anti- catholic

    By KathyNYC
    The history is interesting, but it was one sided
  • A Fabulous and Entertaining Walk Thru History

    By harveystl
    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.
  • A Column of Fire

    By djfhgnfnfdj
    It’s hard to truly rate this book. The first two books of this series were the two best books that I have ever read. They are the books that made me an avid reader to this day. If I rate A Column of Fire as a stand-alone book its a solid 4 Stars but, seeing that its the third book in a masterfully writing series I can’t help but to compare it to the others and it falls short of my expectations. It was missing the vivid awful details that made you not just hate the villains but utterly loathe them to the depths of your soul.
  • Column of Fire

    By charlie4848
    I loved the beautifully conceived fictional characters orbiting the well research historical figures. Really well done.
  • Loved it!

    By WillowReader
    A Column of Fire is a wonderful continuation of the series. I always hate coming to the end of these books.
  • Column of Fire

    By sandhillsusie
    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
  • PSLRob

    By pslrob
    Terrific book, I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. Ken Follett is a master storyteller. His characters will stay with me forever!
  • A Column of Fire

    By lookin fir HateLove
    I loved this book. It is the third of the Kingsbridge books and includes the fascinating 1500s in England and France. The characters are delicious and you cannot wait to see what they will do next. The momentous events of that century seen through these characters’ eyes will thrill and excite you. 5 Stars!!!
  • Absolutely un-putdownable

    By rokinrev
    “There’s something you must try to understand Roger. There are no saints in politics. But imperfect people can still change the world for the better” This amazing book, a shade over 900 pages, had me captivated from the first page. It is the story of Ned Willard, a boy from Kingsbridge, and his life that brought him into the realms of rich and powerful people; divided his family religiously and in the end made him a well respected member of Queen Elizabeth’s privy council, with plenty of changes to help change the known Roman Catholic world into a divided and divisive known world. The love of Ned’s life, Margery Fitzgerald, given to wealthy man in hopes of raising the status of the family, rather than being allowed to marry for love, becomes embroiled in trying to save the known world from the scourge of Protestantism. She is forced to remain secretive over her and her family’s roles in more than one attempt at reclamation of Roman Catholic rule. The two weave their ways through the Tudor history set down only as Ken Follett can. With echos of Jack the Builder, the World keeps spinning as his and Caris’ descendants find love in the midst of hate and attempt peace in a time of war. I have been a Tudorphile for the better part of my 60 years, writing major papers on Elizabeth I and her tolerant religious and political stands. To me, this is a marvelous look at the time and a glorious way to end the Kingsbridge series...if it truly is the end
  • Column of Fire

    By Irish Marty
    Couldn't be more impressed with this story. Better than a movie for sure. I enjoyed the conflicts and the opposition as well as the moves and counter moves each character made. The writing and descriptions make me feel like I'm there, present in the mind of each character and physical location of the story. The heroes and villains are believable and relatable. The author has a gift and I appreciate the way he shares that gift with each of us.