Follett is a master storyteller and this epic novel meets all expectations. About two-thirds of the way through the 510 pages, though, it began to become tiresome. But then, it must have been much more so for those who lived during those tumultous days in history. Told in a manner during the reign of Queen Elizabeth that I had not read previously, I was taken by the religious ferver and persecution throughout Europe during those years. Though a historical novel it is character driven by men and women with strong beliefs and indomitable spirit. The story is dominated by two families-the Willards and the Fitzgeralds one of them Protestent and the other fiercely Catholic. Unfortunately Ned Willard is in love with Margery Fitzgerald and that is just the beginning of the conflict between the two families.