There are so many different facets to this book. It is very historically accurate, and just hearing about the process builders went through and the years it took to build a cathedral are engrossing. Then, we have a core group of about 10 characters that we follow and whose plot lines weave in and out throughout the book. Follett does so masterfully and keeps everything together in a way that is easy to follow. His antagonists are rich and full and his protagonists are thoughtful and flawed. It is so easy to relate to almost every character in the book. I found myself crying at points, overjoyed when the characters succeeded and I felt all of their frustrations with them. This is a book that can be enjoyed by almost every kind of reader. It has adventure, romance, intrigue and a rich historical background.
An epic of kings and peasants set in twelfth-century England juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.