I am delighted today to be able to post my review of Jane Johnson’s fabulous novel Court of Lions. The moment I saw this book on the Head of Zeus Twitter feed, I knew I had to read it!
So here’s my review:
Court of Lions is the first book I’ve ready by Jane Johnson and it certainly won’t be the last! This novel was a sensual and emotional delight from beginning to end.
The reader is taken on two fascinating and gripping journeys, one in 15th century Spain, following Blessings, companion to Prince Abdullah Mohammed, and the other modern day, following Kate Fordham, an Englishwoman working in Granada.
The two stories are interwoven, which is a narrative technique that I really enjoyed. Both characters have secrets and fears and suffer mistreatment at the hands of others, but both have enduring hopes and dreams.
Ms Johnson creates captivating descriptions of the Alhambra, whisking the reader away to the Granada of Prince Abdullah Mohammed with her exquisite prose and meticulous historical research, and her own love of the location shines through.
One thing in particular that stood out for me is that this is a love story. Blessings’ love for Prince Abdullah Mohammed is beautiful, all consuming and painful, as unrequited love can be. There is a message here that love is love, whatever form it comes in, and the human capacity for love – and sometimes forgiveness – has not changed, whatever else mankind might be guilty of.
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.
I thoroughly recommend this book, especially for readers who enjoy dual timelines, for readers who like romance novels and for those who appreciate well-researched historical tales.
FIVE FABULOUS STARS!!!
*I would like to thank Jane Johnson and Head of Zeus publishing for the ARC of Court of Lions.*
WATCH JANE’S VIDEO ABOUT THE BOOK HERE.