This is an epic novel, not just in terms of scope, cast and geography, but also in physical size.
At some 750 pages it is a sequel to the equally weighty Fall of Giants, the first installment of Ken Follett’s ambitious Century Trilogy. Fans will be pleased to find familiar characters but, as the action kicks off in 1933, more than a decade after its conclusion, the next generation takes the baton into World War Two. To say that the War is the central character would be a huge understatement. At times the cast are pushed aside as Follett gets into the nooks and crannies of the complexities that led up to it, reducing his characters to mere advocates representing particular political views. That said, Winter of the World is an incredibly fun read.