The Armor of Light: A Novel

Written by:
Ken Follett
Narrated by:
John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2023
21 hours 39 minutes
An epic continuation of the series that began with The Pillars of the Earth, The Armor of Light heralds a new dawn for Kingsbridge, England, where progress clashes with tradition, class struggles push into every part of society, and war in Europe engulfs the entire continent and beyond

The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1770, and with that, a new era of manufacturing and industry changed lives everywhere within a generation. A world filled with unrest wrestles for control over this new world order: A mother’s husband is killed in a work accident due to negligence; a young woman fights to fund her school for impoverished children; a well-intentioned young man unexpectedly inherits a failing business; one man ruthlessly protects his wealth no matter the cost, all the while war cries are heard from France, as Napoleon sets forth a violent master plan to become emperor of the world. As institutions are challenged and toppled in unprecedented fashion, ripples of change ricochet through our characters’ lives as they are left to reckon with the future and a world they must rebuild from the ashes of war.

Over thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, with this electrifying addition to the Kingsbridge series we are plunged into the battlefield between compassion and greed, love and hate, progress and tradition. It is through each character that we are given a new perspective to the seismic shifts that shook the world in nineteenth-century Europe.
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Really fast paced, great writing, and another amazing story added to Follett’s Kingsbridge collection. A bit longer than others, but a great read.

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Dale S.

Not as good as the rest of the series. Follett’s description of the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars on the average Englishman was well done. His use of later-life marriages was getting tired by this book in the series and his use of gratuitous homosexuality was a poor choice to demonstrate the social upheaval of the times.

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Kathy K.

I absolutely loved this book and will soon be reading/listening to more of Ken Follett’s works of art. What a creative, educational and emotionally stimulating job the author does in bringing story and characters to life. Follett allows you to understand and feel connected to each individual throughout the story. The wrap up of each individual plays perfectly into the overall novel…it’s not often this happens where it all makes sense, you have that feeling of completion and the storyline never feels rushed. In my humble opinion thus is a superb book on all accounts.

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