By Tess Berghoff
Historical fiction is my genre of choice, and I am here to tell you that Ken Follett is absolutely incredible. With novels ranging from 1400s England to 1950s America, he can make you feel like a peasant or living in the royal family. Each of his books are about a thousand pages, which can seem daunting, but I promise you will not want them to end. I have ranked my top four favorites of his books for you.
1. Pillars of the Earth
Follett takes you through 1400s England when they were building the magnificent cathedrals that are still mostly around today. If that doesn’t intrigue you, let me just tell you that you will get attached to these characters. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to go back in time just to witness the building of these massive cathedrals. If you need more proof, it was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and it was rated 4.29 on Goodreads.
2. Fall of Giants
This is the first of the Giants Trilogy and takes place during World War I. Each chapter takes the perspective of a different character living in either the United States, Germany, Russia, or the UK. The characters’ lives intertwine in a mystery of ways and it is easy to fall in love with some and despise others.
3. Winter of the World
This takes place during World War II and is the second book of the Giants Trilogy. The characters are all children of or somehow related to the characters of Fall of Giants so the story picks up quickly because you already know a background for each character.
4. Edge of Eternity
The final book of the Giants Trilogy takes place during The Cold War. I know I just chose three books in a row from the same trilogy, but basically, I am just telling you that this trilogy is really good and you should read it. Well, just go ahead and read all of his books. You will thank me later.