From the author of the USA Today bestselling GLASS AND STEELE series comes this captivating new FREE fantasy featuring magic, court intrigue, a strong heroine, and a slow-burn romance.
PRAISE OF THE PALACE OF LOST MEMORIES
"It captured my imagination and curiosity so deeply that I could not stop reading until the end." ~ ★★★★★ reviewer Patricia.
"enticing, engaging, and magical." ~ ★★★★★ reviewer love2readbooks.
The king's magnificent palace was built in a matter of weeks. No one saw the builders, no villagers are allowed beyond the gilded gate, and only one servant has ever left. The haunted look in her eyes as she was recaptured by the palace guards is something Josie, daughter of the village doctor, has never forgotten.
For Josie, the palace is a mystery that grows more intriguing after she meets the captain of the guards, a man known only as Hammer, as mysterious and captivating as the palace itself. Whispers of magic fuel Josie's desire to uncover the truth, but an ordinary girl like her can only dream of ever being invited inside.
When the king decides to take a wife from among the eligible daughters of the noble families, the palace gates are finally thrown open and the kingdom's elite pour in. In a court where old rivalries and new jealousies collide, the king's favorite is poisoned and the doctor is summoned. As her father's assistant, Josie finally sees inside the lavish walls, but she soon learns the palace won't surrender its secrets easily, for not a single resident, from the lowest servant to the king himself, has a memory from before the palace existed.
In the search for the truth, Josie is drawn deeper into danger, and the answers she seeks might shake the very foundations of the kingdom.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Readers who love rich historical fantasy will happily devour C.J. Archer’s The Palace of Lost Memories, the first in her After the Rift series. When a mysterious and magnificent palace suddenly appears outside a tiny village, doctor’s assistant Josie is understandably suspicious. After she’s called upon to heal a girl within the royal court who’s been poisoned, Josie gets pulled into a strange mystery that threatens the entire town. Her engagingly fearless personality and the swift-moving plot combine to make this page-turner impossible to put down.
The Palace of Lost Memories
This was a wonderful story building up and then it abruptly ended. This is why it’s a four-star and not a five. It would’ve been nice to be let down more gracefully at the end with a slight build up of a story that encourages us to buy book 2. I know the author wants us to buy book two but needs to understand the investment we have in Book One’s story.
I liked the mystery, suspense and touch of romance. I liked the intelligence of the main characters & that it wasn’t a dumb smutty story.
I thought this was a great beginning! I loved Josie and enjoyed following her as she gets to know the residents of the palace especially the Captain of the Guard. The Mystery was also well written and very intriguing. I was a little bummed that although one of the mysteries of the book was solved the main one was not it continues on in the next book. Having said that I am greatly looking forward to the next book in this series!