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 symbol
s, 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.
Welcome to my stop on the Court of Lions blog tour! This is such a beautifully written book, and the first I’ve read from Jane Johnson, but it definitely will not be the last. This book engrossed me from start to finish and seamlessly combines two fascinating narratives.
One narrative is set in Spain, during the 15th century, and the other in present day, and they work very well together. Both times and settings are very well portrayed, and the characters – Abdullah and Kate, are equally interesting and well depicted. They’re both very realistic characters, with plenty of emotion and hopes for the future.
The one thing that particularly struck me about Court of Lions is the great amount of detail and research that makes up the book. Jane Johnson has certainly made the history come alive, and I appreciated the story all the more for the immense amount of detail that was included.
The book covers a whole host of themes, from loyalty and betrayal, to love and friendship. It is a very moving and passionate story, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It also has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen, and I really loved taking it out and about with me. History is also something that I find really fascinating, and I loved the opportunity to gain some insight into a period I know so little about. Court of Lions is quite a long read – it comes in at just under 500 pages – but it is well worth reading. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, or looking for a really absorbing read, Court of Lions will be exactly what you’re looking for.
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