The Palace of Lost Memories - C.J. Archer

The Palace of Lost Memories

By C.J. Archer

  • Release Date: 2018-10-09
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4
From 1,113 Ratings


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.


"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.


  • Best book I’ve read in a while!!!

    By SaharDesert
    I could not seem to put this book down. The slow building passion between the captain & Josie is absolutely riveting. The mystery of the lost memories and who the poisoner was had my nose stuck in the book every chance I got. Absolutely love!
  • The Palace of Lost Memories

    By AmyK7451
    This book was very interesting. It had many twists and turns and ended way to soon! CJ Archer does a good way of weaving the characters and plot together. I had trouble putting it down at night! I look forward to reading more from this author!
  • Great!!!

    By Vilekris
    Great book. Keeps you on your toes the whole time. Lots of twists and turns. Easy, fun, enjoyable reading
  • Enjoyed it

    By ibobo07
    I binged this book in two days I couldn’t stop reading I just wanted to find out more. I’ll be buying the next book!
  • 😍

    By #ilovebooks😜
    Loved it! It was awesome! You should totally read it!
  • Amazing! Such a page-turner!

    By jlauren36
    I will be buying the next book and starting it ASAP! This was such a good book. Be ready to get lost in the world of Josie and not want to leave it to return to the real world!
  • It was amazing

    By SAVAGE KID 81
    Amazing! The storyline is cool, and the characters are very well designed! Josie and Dane practically stick together the whole time, quite sweet.
  • Sub par

    By ally.marsh7473
    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
  • The Palace of Lost Memories

    By PalatableDinner
    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.
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By Kay2055
    Read it start to finish in one day! Can’t wait to continue the series!