#BookReview Ken Follet - The Armour of Light (Kingsbridge #4)
Where to even begin. The books in The Kingsbridge series are probably my most favourite historical novels. And this 5th instalment, the 4th chronologically, delivers exactly like the others did.
Religion, corruption, abuse of power and the unfairness of the social classes are still prominent in 18th and early 19th century Kingsbridge. So even though the city itself is unrecognisable in many ways, very few things have changed if you're born into the lower working class, from when prior Philip built his cathedral. 'Change' however is in many ways the main theme of 'The Armour of Light'. With revolutions in the different industries and politics and a war, we see the world changing bit by bit through the course of this story.
Filled to the brim with historical detail that leaves me even more in awe of Ken Follet's historical knowledge and the incredible amount of research that must have gone in to writing this book. He mastered the feel, and the historical facts, of yet another time period in this massive read. From socio-economic to military and political topics, all of it is described and understood with an astonishing depth.
Another key element of Ken Follet's books for me is that his characters are never guaranteed a happy ending. Their successes, happiness, good fortune,... never comes easily and is often hard won after loss and hardship. It again contributes to how accurate and believable both the storylines and the characters are. This story too spans a lifetime of some of these characters, making you feel even more invested.