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.
Information on Book
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 of 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.
Extract from Book
“The sight of him lying there, his head swathed in a bandage as big as the vizier’s turban, his skin as pale as the cotton, filled me with a sort of frustrated, helpless rage. I wanted to shake him, to shout at him, to make him wake up. Then his breath caught and seemed to stop and the rage left me. Suddenly I was praying, in a way I had never prayed before, not for my mother, not even for myself. Let him live, just let him live. It was all I asked, just that he survive. Not that he would love me or that we would be together always but just that he would live.”
Now, where do I start.
I have to say I was going to put this book down after reading a few chapters, I was just not into it. However, after this, I was addicted to this book and I think that so far, this may be one of my favourite books of the year. Yes, a bold statement I know but it was so good that it went everywhere with me as I was so desperate to continue reading it – a book has not done this to me in a while.
With regards the present story, it is predictable but you just need to keep reading the story as it sucks you in and I was shouting a lot “no don’t do”. I loved how the past and present stories entwined and even the issues in the past story is so relevant to the world today with the hatred towards certain religions and the ongoing battles this causes. In addition, the discrimination people continue to carry on and the ignorance people continue to have towards one another and lack of respect.
The descriptions Jane wrote were simply beautiful and she had transported me right in the middle of the stories, both of them past and present. I felt their pain and despair. You really appreciate the time Jane has taken and the vast amount of research she has done to really do this book justice.
This book is on my must read for 2017.
A copy of the book is available here.
Thank you to Jane Johnson and Head of Zeus Publishers