We Believe in God

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett is novel number five in a series of books. I haven’t read the previous novels, but this one stands well on its own.

The novel takes place in England and France during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It is a long, epic retelling of the war between the Catholicism and Protestantism. Many vivid characters populate the book – monarchs, spies, clergymen, earls, lords, and common folk. Much of the tale is told in the first-person voice of Ned, a fictional English spy. The rest of the story is revealed by an omniscient narrator.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel even though it took a while to capture my interest because of the numerous characters in it. From time to time, I got confused because there are so many plots and people in the story. Historically, it is a very interesting subject to me, a lover of the Elizabethan era.

This is a story about religious freedom and persecution. It is also about power and corruption. I couldn’t help but think how, as in many other historical novels, one cannot help but observe the fact that history repeats itself.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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