I was browsing the library for a good epic-level fiction novel when The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, caught my eye. The title was familiar because I had read Eva’s review of it, so I decided to give it a try. It is a historical fiction set in 12th century England, and follows the people involved in building a cathedral at the monastery of Kingsbridge. It is difficult to say more about the plot with out giving anything away; one of the things I enjoyed about it was that I didn’t have any idea what direction the story was going to go in next. Suffice it to say that it is one of the best historical fiction novels I have read in a while. I was immediately engaged in the story – the characters are interesting and unique and the plot is captivating. It is epic in time but not place; it covers several generations in the same location. The edition I read is just under 1000 pages, but it didn’t feel long; Follett keeps you engaged while slowly unfolding the complexity of the plot, which is tightly woven. Characters introduced early on may not seem important but they come back later. It is clear that Follett gave careful attention to the structure of the plot and the character development to construct a masterful story, and I highly recommend The Pillars of the Earth.