The Mysteries of Time | Court of Lions | A Review

A late post today, sorry guys!

As you may have seen I took part in the Court of Lions blog tour and was lucky enough to get the chance to interview Jane Johnson, if you haven’t read that blog post, be sure to check it out here now!

On to the review!


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.

First of, I need to speak about the cover of this book. Now, if you follow me on instagram, you would of seen my post about this cover. 1 photo just would not have done this book justice. I have the hardback version, with a gold cover, the inside cover has a detailed map and (this could just be me) I was really happy to see a piece of ribbon in the book, perfect as a book mark! There seemed to be so much detail in this book, in the cover, and in the book and I just loved it!

Talking about detail, I felt, upon reading the book, that Morroco just jumped out at me. I could taste the food, smell the different smells and imagine all the brightness and history enriching the book – it truly made me want to hop on a plane and go visit!

The story follows two characters, Kate (2017) and Blessings (in the sultan era, before the rise of Christianity). The way the stories weave together is wonderful and the ending, is where it seems best to go – either happy or sad. Blessings story did confuse me towards the end, especially when something was mentioned in Kate’s chapter, but this confusion was settled towards the end of the book.

A wonderful read for those that love travel and history – the beautiful cover is a plus!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it, and if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR?



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