- Hardcover: 985 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Adult (September 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780525951650
Okay, so this is not going to be much a review. The thing is, I loved Piilars of the Earth, didn't so much like the prequel, World Without End, and had no real expectations for this one.
The beginning was phenomenal, I loved following all of the characters, Billy, Fitz, Maud, Walter, Ethel, etc. Even the way it started drew me in. I thought it was going to be a story following these seemingly unrelated characters and delve into their lives in a captivating way.
That was until the war started.
If you have an interest in the first world war and all of the minutia of the politics of the day, you will probably like it. After about 3/4 of the way through I skimmed until I found chunks that interested me. You know, about the people.
I don't know about you, but to me there is not much else that feels as disappointing as taking on a tome like this and have it fall flat. I wanted to love it. Especially since it is the first in a trilogy! I found the lives of the coal miners very fascinating, and the interplay among family members. This was solely lacking in the latter half of the book.
I know other people I know loved it, and they sited the detail in the politics was why.
So there it is.