Publisher Description

From the author of the USA Today bestselling GLASS AND STEELE series comes this captivating new fantasy featuring court intrigue, power struggles, a strong heroine, and a slow-burn romance.


"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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
October 9
C.J. Archer
Carolyn Comito

Customer Reviews

D34t0n ,

Pretty Good Book

I liked this book a lot. It was a good read and had lots of layers and an in-depth world. The characters were great, they had good relationships and pretty believable ambitions despite being in a twisted world. It’s an easy read with good concepts and some thoughts about how woman and men are treated differently in society. It wasn’t life changing but it was worth the day of on and off reading I put into it.

ally.marsh7473 ,

Sub par

Part way through the book the writing seems rushed and the book is very mild and doesnt explain the real conflict at all. The conflict is the memories, otherwise describe the book as about poisoning instead. Too many story lines going for such a short book

PalatableDinner ,

The Palace of Lost Memories

The world building and witty banter were easily the highlights of this book.

While for the most part I enjoyed the story, the last sixty pages or so felt rushed, like the author realized they were approaching the 600 page mark and hadn’t set up everything she wanted to or really progressed the main conflict at all. I am also disappointed to see a great protagonist like Josie go from aspiring doctor resisting the patriarchy with a penchant for learning, to bored girl resigned to systemic sexism who just wants to be with Captain.

It is worth emphasizing that this is the first of a six book series and does not stand alone very well. Although it doesn’t end in that obvious cliff hanger made just to get you to buy the next book, it’s in the same vein in that this book didn’t really have a resolution.

At best this was a “set up” book in that the author inserts conflict, after conflict, after conflict that may or may not be explored or resolved to varying degrees of depth if at all in later books. After reading the reviews and free first 50 pages of the other books, I’m not convinced reading the rest of the series would be worth the investment.

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