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Today I’m on the blog tour for Court of Lions by Jane Johnson. I loved getting stuck into this book and read it pretty fast! In fact I finished it just yesterday! Jane Johnson is a Cornish author so this added another dimension for me wanting to read it being from Cornwall myself.
Before we get onto my review, here is a little bit about Court of Lions.
An epic saga of romance and redemption. Court of Lions brings one of the great turning points in history to life, through the stories of a modern woman and the last Moorish sultan of Granada.
Kate Fordham, escaping terrible trauma, has fled to the beautiful sunlit city of Granada, the ancient capital of the Moors in Spain, where she is scraping by with an unfulfilling job in a busy bar. One day in the glorious gardens of the Alhambra, once home to Sultan Abu Abdullah Mohammed, also known as Boabdil, Kate finds a scrap of paper hidden in one of the ancient walls. Upon it, in strange symbols, has been inscribed a message from another age. It has lain undiscovered since before the Fall of Granada in 1492, when the city was surrendered to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Born of love, in a time of danger and desperation, the fragment will be the catalyst that changes Kate’s life forever.
Court of Lions brings one of the great turning-points in history to life, telling the stories of a modern woman and the last Moorish sultan of Granada, as they both move towards their cataclysmic destinies.
It’s been a while since I read a book similar to this. The atmosphere and romance surrounding Court of Lions is outstanding. The plot flits and floats between modern-day times and the past in the 15th century. I don’t know much about Grenada but now I’ve finished the book I feel as if I do. It’s extremely well researched and I give a lot of credit to Jane for incorporating the romance and emotions into ancient times in this book.
The historical detail is amazing, it reeks of wealth and glory amongst modern-day modest times. Court of Lions is part historical fiction, thriller and romance all rolled into one. I found it went in a decent pace that I could keep up with.
I will be definitely be on the lookout for more Jane Johnson books if they are as good as this!
Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and has worked in the book industry for over 20 years, as a bookseller, publisher and writer. She is responsible for the publishing of many major authors, including George RR Martin.
In 2005 she was in Morocco researching the story of a distant family member who was abducted from a Cornish church in 1625 by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa, when a near-fatal climbing incident caused her to rethink her future. She returned home, gave up her office job in London, and moved to Morocco. She married her own ‘Berber pirate’ and now they split their time between Cornwall and a village in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. She still works, remotely, as Fiction Publishing Director for HarperCollins.
Here are the bloggers on the Court of Lions blog tour if you fancy popping over to read their reviews and extracts of the book.
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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this review.
*I was given a copy of Court of Lions for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.