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Court of Lions by Jane Johnson
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it was amazing

Another fine book from Jane Johnson, containing many of her trademarks: east meets west, split time line - historical/present, elements of romance, some bloodshed, and fascinating historical fiction. Johnson's stories bring both past and present to life, and by offering a western eye in an eastern setting she is naturally able to satisfy our curiosity.

This book also has food porn! I want Friday couscous now!

Even though it took me a while to read the book felt too short, in as much as I was sorry to leave it. The past thread covers a period of twenty years or more, the modern thread less than twenty days + flashbacks to a time several years early.

The setting for both the past and present stories is the Alhambra in Granada, and Johnson is clearly very familiar with the place and more than a little in love with it. The palace becomes an additional character, and I would very much like to visit it myself!

The themes of war and terror between Christians, Muslims, and (less centrally) Jews very clearly resonate in modern day Spain. But there are also themes of friendship and love between individuals from these cultures too, and it would be nice to think those will be the ones to eventually prevail.

If you're a fan of historical fiction with a focus on the people against a background of great events, then Johnson should be on your tbr list!

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Reading Progress

July 18, 2017 – Started Reading
July 18, 2017 – Shelved
August 20, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Juniper Nichols This is definitely on my TBR. I did my study abroad in Granada, and would love to revisit. Hobb recommended, and now your review has reminded me to prioritize this one.

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