My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Kingsbridge trilogy comes to an end with this volume set during the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her heir, James (I & VI of England and Scotland respectively).
Following the turmoil that comes in the wake of the religious Reformation and Counter-Reformation, both religious and political (though these categories are oft intertwined in the period), descendants of the original characters from the town of Kingsbridge are the focus on this particular volume. Wrapped in the intrigue and the world of shadows that was necessary for the protection of the kingdom and of the Queen, the story weaves its way through the at times bloody history of this period of English and European history.
A masterful story from a master storyteller, A Column of Fire is a fitting conclusion to the end of the trilogy that started with the building of a cathedral and ends with the immediate aftermath of the Gunpowder plot of Guy Fawkes and companions. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended.
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