5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not the best.,
This review is from: Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy) (Paperback)
Like many, I was drawn to this book after immensely enjoying "The Pillars of the Earth". In fact, I read "Pillars" about eight years ago and I still consider it one of the best books I've read.
"Fall of Giants" can only be a bit of a disappointment after that stellar work. Sure, even at almost 900 pages it's an easy read, and the epic scale of the book is something that I really appreciate. But then most of the characters are just cardboard and I didn't really care for any of them. The writing, too, just isn't as engaging, and the obligatory sex scenes are just laughable (I mean, really!)
I'd compare this book to family sagas like those by John Jakes or Dana Fuller Ross. Definitely not bad (apart from those silly sex scenes, that is), but I know Follett is capable of so much more.
I mildly enjoyed it, but I don't think I will be reading the sequels.