Evan’s ESS = 10 out of 10
Content = NC-17 (Violence, Language, Nudity, Adult Content, Horribly Nasty Bad Guys)
Why: This novel is not for the faint of heart, and by faint of heart we mean anyone not afraid to go swimming immediately after consuming a chicken burrito with all the fixins from Chipotle. Just wait until you meet the treachery of William Hamleigh and a certain unnamed cleric. Our blood’s starting to boil just thinking about it.
If you missed the content rating above, be warned that The Pillar’s of the Earth ventures into aspects of 12th century life that few people would discuss at the dinner table (if you’re related to the Vikings from the Capital One commercials, please accept our sincerest apologies). The bottom line is that some readers will be offended while others will applaud Follett for his authenticity. We guess you’ll just have to read the novel to pass judgment. Whether you love it or hate it; we guarantee The Pillar’s of the Earth will stir your emotions.