Epic Historical Collection (Pillars of the Earth, World by Ken Follett

By Ken Follett

Dive into the number 1 manhattan Times bestselling author’s masterpiece of medieval drama, The Pillars of the Earth, and its long-awaited sequel, World with out End. Sweeping from twelfth to 14th century England, established round the development of a very good cathedral and the households and contributors stricken by it, those novels “will carry you, fascinate you, encompass you” (Chicago Tribune) and “you will willingly lose your self for fairly a spell” (Denver Post).

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Mark smiled at her obvious hint. “I come in the right,” he told her. ” She laughed and waved him off. He received a few odd stares as he worked his way toward the mountains. He’d seen the Crestwall Mountains only once before, and he stopped beside a well to take in the view. They rose toward the sky like bony fingers, cracked and weather-beaten. He wondered at how vicious the storms might get so far north, something he hoped to not find out. Still, the mountains possessed a majestic beauty, towering above them, reaching into the clouds until their tips turned white with snow.

Haern dove to the side as arrows thudded into the tavern. He heard Fists groan, and a glance back showed two arrows in his belly. Haern raced around the building, out of reach of the tavern’s torchlight. As he turned the corner he slammed into a cloaked man with daggers at ready. Haern rolled along, separating their bodies. He leapt to his feet, his swords in hand. With the greater reach, he had the advantage, and his opponent knew it. The thief lunged in, hoping for a strike before Haern could prepare.

He resolved to find out, but not now. He turned and headed back toward the city’s center, realizing for the first time he was limping. After stealing a bottle from a man laying face down in the ditch (whether dead or unconscious, he didn’t know), he took a momentary reprieve to clean his scraped leg and splash some alcohol across it. After the pain subsided, he continued on. He had two possible avenues to pursue. He could discover the reason for the Hawks’ and Spiders’ squabble, or he could look into the mystery of the Serpents’ gold.

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