now reading...Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Holy crap am I excited....I am FINALLY reading THE book that I have been waiting for allllll year!  My super-duper uber-fabulous husband surprised me with it yesterday and you should have seen me jumping up and down and squealing like a little kid! 

I am a HUGE fan of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End so you know I just had to read his newest historical fiction novel, which is the first book in The Century Trilogy and titled Fall of Giants.  The hardcover is real boss with smooth, silky pages and I can't wait to dive in.

Will you be reading?

SYNOPSIS:  Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.

In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves-and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.



  1. Yay Amy! I went out yesterday and PURCHASED this book with MONEY!!! Might seem completely normal to some folks but they probably don't have piles and piles of unread free books stacked everywhere. :) There are very few books I go out and buy the day they come out...Ken Follett, Diana Gabaldon & Cynthia Harrod-Eagles are the only ones I can think of offhand. Can't wait to start it!

  2. I think I would like to read this one also. Reminds me a bit of the John Jakes series from the 80's. You may like those also...enjoy that monster of a

  3. Isn't this the one your Husband surprised you with?!
    How lovely!

    Hope you enjoy!

  4. I have been meaning to read Ken Follett for the longest time, but haven't yet! I was thinking of starting with this new trilogy, but haven't done anything about getting hold of it yet.


  5. I LOVED this one; can't wait 4 your review.

    Amazon patrons are boycotting the Kindle Edition of this book, (priced at $19.99)...YIKES. They are writing horrible reviews solely based on the price of the Kindle edition:(

  6. I know this is horrible but I still haven't read Ken Follett! There is a copy of Pillars of the Earth staring at me from by bookcase... I really need to pick it up! I hope you thoroughly enjoy this book... and of course I will be looking forward to your review :)

  7. Oh, I am so excited for you!! I so want to read this book and am going to have to buy a copy. I am going to be looking very forward to your review, and I hope that you love it! What a good guy your husband is!

  8. i'm also a big Ken Follett fan! I loved Pillars of the Earth and I have the second one, but haven't read it yet.

    I'm really looking forward to this one and the entire new series.

  9. Enjoy! It's a good one... I did a review of it recently, which should be out soon, I hope! Not the easiest thing to read in bed, though, unless you have wrist supports :)

  10. I hope it lives up to all of your expectations!


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