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Court of Lions Paperback – International Edition, May 30, 2017
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"Johnson's research is evident here—the twists and turns . . . are compelling. Blessings' tormented love is beautifully written, as is the atmosphere of 15th-century Spain. The modern strand is a straightforward psychological thriller, page-turning stuff as Kate's lies and her past catch up with her." —The Times (UK)
"A sensual and emotional delight from beginning to end. Court of Lions is a book about life, love, friendship, families and passion. It's about greed and fanaticism and how damaging both can be, whether in the 1400s or 2017. It's about light and darkness, and how sometimes it's difficult to distinguish between the two. And it's about hope. Because sometimes hope is all we have to cling to." —Darcie Boleyn, author of Summer at Conwenna Cove
"Loyalty and treachery are examined mercilessly as the twin stories unfold. What lasting damage is done to the one who is betrayed, with trust replaced by fear in an intimate relationship? What toll must one pay who, with the best of intentions, betrays a loved one's trust in the name of protecting him? There is history here, examined from a fresh perspective, and humanity injected into a tale that perhaps the reader only knew as names and dates and places. An excellent reminder that weighty events can pivot on the actions of a few determined souls." —Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer Trilogy
"A wonderful blend of the past and the present day making an unputdownable, beautifully written novel." —Katie Fforde, author of A Summer at Sea
"To so perfectly capture the complex, heady exoticism of the end of an empire, and weave it with such gripping love stories past and present, is an astonishing story telling feat. Beware. You'll read this in one sitting." —Muriel Gray, BBC presenter and former head judge of the Orange Prize
"Johnson follows two parallel threads—a double helix if you will, not so much intertwined as touching gently on each other—with points of connection as light yet poignant as a lover's kiss. . . . A book's power is best felt in what the reader does when it is finished. Does the story's grip persist beyond the last page? In the case of The Court of Lions, I scoured through the author's notes before throwing myself at Google to research for myself the captivating events Johnson had described." —T.O. Munro, author of The Bloodline Trilogy
The book shimmers with heat, beauty, of the palace and its gardens filled with fruit and flowers and fountains and colour and pattern. The scents of the streets are there too, and cooking, always cooking, from couscous to mint tea. This book is a feast for the mind." —Jackie Morris, painter and author of Tell Me a Dragon
"Jane Johnson is the most wonderful writer." —Rowan Coleman, author of the international bestsellers The Day We Met and The Accidental Mother
"Sweeping between the past and present, this is a cracking and engaging read that will leave you looking at the world a little differently." —Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy and Ashes of London
“Rich with the scents and sights of the Alhambra's gardens, towers and courtyards, this novel enchants as it moves between past and present." —Sunday Express
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About the Author
JANE JOHNSON is a British novelist, historian and publisher. She is the UK editor for Dean Koontz and George R.R. Martin, and as Jude Fisher has written the companions to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. Visit her at www.janejohnsonbooks.com.
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The story of Blessings, a young boy bought and assigned to the heir to the Moorish throne of Granada and the Alhambra, and of his feelings for Momo as he calls the young Prince. Uncertain of his own sexuality, this is a story of a love that can only be unrequited but is set in one of the most turbulent periods in the history of southern Spain.
The book also tells the story of Kate, a young woman who found herself in a marriage to a controlling psychopath. She has fled England and is hiding out in Granada, under an assumed name.
A scrap of paper she finds, with some ancient and indecipherable writing on it leads her to the world of the Moors and the Moorish diaspora that exists in Spain today.
Court of Lions carries with it Jane Johnson's usual eye for detail and impeccable research. Well up to standard and highly recommended to anyone who loves historical or romantic fiction or both. Jane Johnson has a wonderful feel for the time and the place.
An excellent read and I look forward to Jane's next book.
I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley and Pegasus Books in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.
Pub Date 03/06/18
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