A Tuesday press release from Penguin Random House announced that Ken Follett's new book, A Column of Fire , will continue his long-running Kingsbridge series. Viking Books has slated A Column of Fire for release in Fall 2017.
Follett published the first installment in the Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth, back in 1989. A sequel, World Without End, came in 2007, just a few years before Ridley Scott adapted the first Kingsbridge novel into an eight-part miniseries. The Pillars of the Earth starred Eddie Redmayne as Jack, and aired on Starz in 2010. Scott also adapted World Without End into a 2012 miniseries for ReelzChannel.
A Column of Fire centers on Will Willard and Margery Fitzgerald: two young lovers who find themselves separated by religion as blood and fire delineate the divide between Catholic and Protestant. Will begins working for Princess Elizabeth, a protestant, who inherits the throne from her Catholic sister, Queen Mary I. With her claim to the throne beset on all sides, Queen Elizabeth I establishes a secret service network of spies and messengers to warn her of incoming threats. Throughout the next 50 years, Will and Margery's love survives, even as all hope seems lost.
Ken Follett's new book, A Column of Fire, hits store shelves on Sep. 12, 2017.
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