I did not know much about Granada, the ancient capital of the Moors in Spain before reading Court of Lions. As a dual narrative, the story goes between modern day and the 15th century. While the modern-day story was easier to follow, the 15th-century story was far more captivating. Blessing, the young boy’s story was well researched (based on facts) and quite interesting. Kate, the contemporary character was believable and sympathetic but appeared to be just a vehicle used to describe modern day Granada. The subject of her angst (abuse) could very easily be replaced with searching for a missing person or artifact. Or it could have been built around the Nest of Storks. She needed to be there for the juxtaposition of the modern with the ancient. But why she was there was not that interesting. Her story has been told time and again by others and with far better tellings.
I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley and Pegasus Books in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.
ISBN#: 0385682654 (ISBN13: 9780385682657)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: 03.06.18