Ken Follett's Fall of Giants was one of the biggest books of 2010—in fact, our readers voted it as #5 on their Best Books of 2010 list. Book one in a hugely ambitious trilogy of historical novels about the 20th century, it takes readers through World War I, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women’s suffrage. It'll also keep you busy for a while, clocking in at 985 pages.

Now we're just four months away from the publication of Winter of the World, book two in The Century Trilogy. It comes out on September 18 and is 960 pages.

Winter of the World is about the same five families (American, German, Russian, English and Welsh) we met in Fall of Giants. Here's more from the publisher (Dutton):

[The five families] enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Were you hooked by the start of The Century Trilogy? Are you eager for Winter of the World?

By the way, if you were discouraged from reading Fall of Giants by the high price (the hardcover is $36 and the paperback is $25) or long hold lists at the library, you'll be happy to hear that a mass market paperback edition hits bookstores on September 4. It will retail for $9.99.

Check out the rest of our Fall fiction posts, or browse all posts about 2012 releases.

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