By Ken Follett
Historical fiction is always a difficult genre. Not only does it need extensive research, it requires the writer to put themselves in the position of their characters, decades, centuries or even millenniums ago, and write a coherent story. Most choose to keep it short because of that. Ken Follett though, chose to write a trilogy, with Book #1 going to about 1,000 pages!
The scope of this book is simply breathtaking - it spans countries, continents, oceans and several families. It mixes real and fictitious characters seamlessly. It is a little exaggerated in that it tries to change who was the first female British MP, but that is excusable in fiction.
Overall, this is an excellent beginning for what promises to be an exciting journey through time. The question is - will he be able to maintain the momentum?