Saturday, June 23, 2012
World Without End by Ken Follett
Set 200 years after Pillars of The Earth, this book continues in Kingsbridge with the ancestors of the characters in the first book. In it we follow the on again, off again romance of Merthin, a carpenter and Caris, a woman who wants to be independant in an age when women don't have that option. Pitted against irreverant, scheming clergymen and overbearing Lords, Caris and Merthin strive to build up an independant town as the plague ravages it repeatedly. Caris becomes a nun, prioress and healer and Merthin a master builder. Filled with politics, schemes, thievery, romance, life and death, I still think this book is not quite as good as the first one.