“Nevertheless, the book gave Jack a feeling he had never had before, that the past was like a story, in which one thing led to another, and the world was not a boundless mystery, but a finite thing that could be comprehended. ”
I am happy this is the first Follett book I read as he seems to have some poor reviews on his earlier works.
From the first page I was engrossed in this book. The way Follett takes characters in the 12th century and makes them seem as real as if I spoke with them yesterday is quite impressive. The book was almost too entertaining to be a novel labeled as historical fiction, so I began fact-checking. As near as I can determine, Follett appears to do his research.
When you complete this book you will put it down wanting more, and luckily you can get that with the next book "World Without End." Also, you will find that you have actually learned history. You will know what it meant to be an Earl, the lands he managed, and the importance and power of the church. You might also find you suddenly know something about architecture in 12th century England. This will become more true after reading World Without End.
Even if you only mildly enjoy history, chances are you will find this book entertaining.