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Court of Lions
By (author): Jane Johnson
9780385682657 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General May 30, 2017
$24.95 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.1 x 1.1 in 416 pages Doubleday Canada
Sometimes at the lowest points in your life, fate will slip you a gift. Ken Follett meets Jodi Picoult in a stunning new novel from Jane Johnson.

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 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.

An epic saga of romance and redemption, Court of Lions brings one of the great hinge-points in human 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.

STRONG PILLARS: Jane’s last book, Pillars of Light, was a Globe and Mail bestseller, and was featured as an Indigo Must-Read title for 2016.

ANOTHER GIFT: Jane is returning to The Tenth Gift territory—intertwining storylines with both modern-day and historical characters, a strong female protagonist and romance that jumps off the page.

COMMERCIAL FICTION BASED ON FACT: For every book she writes, Jane gathers a wealth of research and Court of Lions is no different. She provides highly detailed insight into the fall of Granada with all the pacing of your favourite commercial novels. There is huge potential for this title to be a book club and book-of-the-month pick.

A DREAM AUTHOR: Jane is great on social media, and is planning to build a website with detailed photographic research from her trip to Spain. We will also be including a substantial author’s note so readers will immediately get some behind-the-scenes insight into her process.

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.

Author Residence: London and Cornwall, UK; Morocco

Author Hometown: Cornwall, UK

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Author Website: www.janejohnsonbooks.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @JaneJohnsonBakr, 4K

Praise for Pillars of Light:

Pillars of Light is timely, stirring and romantic—but there’s more to this book than a tale of love…. Riveting, enlightening and painful, this novel reveals the senselessness of warfare and conflict and provokes reflection about current events. But it’s also about the resilience of love and the hope, the capacity for goodness, that exists in everyone.”—The Globe and Mail

“Jane Johnson has given her readers another swashbuckling adventure saga of West meets East in Pillars of Light.”—Toronto Star

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