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The Palace of Lost Memories

(After The Rift #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,746 ratings  ·  264 reviews
From the author of the USA Today bestselling GLASS AND STEELE series comes this captivating new fantasy.

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, daugh
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by C.J. Archer
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Grace A
This book is neither hot or cold, I wouldn't say that I loved it and yet, I don't particularly hate it.
The main character, Josie, is very curious and her inquisitive nature sometimes puts her in dangerous situations; but she's fearless and faces them head on. She is very likeable and made the book easy to read.
I often shy away from mystery because I have this notion that the pattern is predictable and the outcome is always the same. But the mystery of who's been poisoning people in this story
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
****4.5 Captain Stars****

I really enjoyed this book, especially since it was FREE on Kindle!!

I immediately got hooked into the story and love how there is a mystery tied into the fantasy story. After finishing...I wanted to get right into the next story especially to see what happens between Josie and the Captain!

I fell in love with this author after reading the Blade and Rose series and my love continues to grow!
This book drew me in, tied me up, and refused to let me go until the very last page. I loved it!

The Palace is an immense, gold encrusted, home for the new King. Not a big deal, right? Oh yes it is. No one ever saw workers putting the building up. It was erected in an incredibly short period of time considering it's size. No one who lives in the village has been inside. It is heavily guarded. One servant managed to leave, but was recaptured by the Palace guards.

The main character in this book, Jo
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
what attracted me to the book was its synopsis...a palace that is built in almost an instant with mysterious servants and staffs, with a new king from an intriguingg origin in a world where magic is just a fairytale. i was expecting the focus of the story will revolve around how the people from the palace lost their memories and how they could get it back, how the people around the area reacted with the mystery and what they'd do about it. but it turned out focus is on another to catc ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok, so this was five stars for the concept. The idea of a castle appearing almost suddenly and everyone in it having no memory of the time before had me intrigued. I couldn't wait to start reading it. Sadly, it was only two stars for execution. I nearly stopped reading it, but finished it so that I could write an honest review of the whole book...

So what went wrong?

1. There is a school of thought that good sentences are short, clear and straight to the point, and sadly this book was a victim of
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, fantasy, magic, 2020, 2021

A magical palace built in a couple of weeks : Check
A captivating and handsome captain of the guard: Check
Girls competing to marry the king: Check


This book was AWESOME! I loved the time period, the independent main character, the captivating mystery, and of course the fact that she is friends with a large group of good looking guards. Yep, this is what I needed. Add in a dash of magic and poison and this has become one of my favorite books this year.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the audiobook.

Full review here:
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (5/8/2019)! 🎁
Catherine Hawthorn
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
For anyone looking for a clean fantasy book, do not look to this one. It is peppered with bad language, including the f-bomb and mentions a suspicion of incest.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
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Sally Britton
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantasy, magic
Absolutely loved this book. I'm fully invested in the mystery and romance. ❤️ ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Not a bad book, but nothing special.

The characters in this book are just so boring. Usually when I read YA, I love or hate the characters. Usually characters in this genre evoke real emotion.

The author completely missed the mark with these characters. Josie, the main character, just serves as a wooden post who observes what’s going on around her. Even though the book is written in the first person, Josie barely has any emotions or any personality. She mainly just eavesdrops or stands silently a
Lucie V.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, kindle-ebook
The synopsis was promising and the reviews were good, also it was free on Kindle so why not try it? This book has been on my list for a while, honestly part of it is only because of the gorgeous cover.

I was expecting the main intrigue to be about the people of the palace. About how they lost their memories or how the palace was built, but it was more focused on political intrigue. Between the poisoning and plotting from noblewomen to get the king's attention, the main character spent most of her
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really intrigued by the description of this book, and the storyline kept me going...until the end. I felt like even though it's a "#1" in a series, the book should be able to stand alone. Disappointed in no resolution for the poor souls in the palace and the surrounding village. I'm ok with series books, but they need to be able to stand on their own. ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mysterious story till end with endearing characters. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
Kajsa Hallin
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2020
1,5 stars.

I found this book boring. There wasn’t a lot of plot and the characters seemed a bit childish and unrealistic. On top of that seemed most of the banter forced in my opinion.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, one-star
rating: 1.75 stars

The only interesting thing that kept me reading was the mention of incest.

It really pains me to give such a low rating, but this book feels like it has still to grow and learn to speak before it can tell us a story.
L.J. Evans
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I adore all of CJ Archer's books. I've binged on almost everyone of her series. This new series is no different. The Palace of Lost Memories is enticing, engaging, and magical. The mystery drew me in from page one . The strength of her female characters as they strain against the limits that their society has put on them, makes them stick out in my mind and capture my hearts. I can't wait to find out more about Josie, Hammer, and all the inhabitants of ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Fascinating book. I did think the romance between Josie and Hammer was way too cliched and soulless though. There were several sexual references, at least three f-words, and some other scattered profanity so that wasn't great either. But overall it was a really well-written book with a great fantasy world. I just wish it had been a stand-alone since I'll almost certainly never bother to purchase the sequel. :P ...more
Jenika Ioffreda
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Once again I read a book by C.J.Archer and I am wondering if this is the same person who wrote the Ministry of Curiosities. I loved that series, it was awesome... but this new series was pretty bland and I didn't even finish reading the first book. I am not going to continue the series. I was disappointed with "The wrong girl" "The Medium" and "The watchmaker's daughter" already... ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A mystery set in medieval times with a suggestion of magic. This really isn't my genre, but it feels a bit common or typical. There isn't much depth to the characters or plot. Perhaps it is a set up for the future books of the series, but I wouldn't expect much from future installments. ...more
Celia Buell
I'm never sure how to feel about castle fantasy, especially in the form of free books in general, and fantasy can mean a hundred different things to individuals. That said, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book from an author whose work I have quite a few copies of, but have never read.

I enjoyed the world in this novel from the moment I set foot in it. I like the idea of a land that knows and yet actively denies magic exists, even in the face of something that cannot be expl
Mari (Smut Duchess)
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fantasy
I thought this book was a good start to a new series.

Josie is a doctor's daughter. She's devoted herself to learning all she can about medicine. Problem is it's illegal for a woman to become a doctor. The most she can be is a midwife.

There is a new king and his palace was built in a few weeks. No one saw the workers while the palace was built. The new king has decided to take a wife so all unmarried daughters of the nobility have been ordered to the palace. Soon after the king's favorite is po
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2.7

This quick read was not at all what I expected.

For one, it's more mystery than fantasy, and I was quite surprised since I went into it blind.

There are two major mysteries we're introduced to in this book. First, the mystery of the gold palace and it's staff which and who seemed to come out of nowhere and no memory of where they came from, hence the title. And secondly we have the mystery of the poisoner. The poisoner mystery took centre stage in this book, while the first (whic
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm still not sure what the Rift is. The palace, though, appears as if by magic, complete in 3 weeks, and everyone in it knows only their first names. The main character is a woman, a healer taught by her doctor father but who can't call herself a doctor because she can't, being a woman, go to university to study medicine. When poison is used to attack the King's favorite, the doctor and his daughter are called in. Unfortunately, the poisoner doesn't stop at one. ...more
Sarah Foxley
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyable fantasy book that looks set to be the start of an interesting series.
May 29, 2019 marked it as tbr-freebies
Well, the summary got me intrigued to find out more about this mysterious palace.
And it's free for Kindle right now:
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this tale, it was captivating with a curious twist that isn't solved in this book. Though I very much enjoyed it, I felt it could have been a bit longer - then ending felt abrupt.

Look forward to reading the sequel!
Moon Stumpp
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scribd, 2020
Interesting kept my interest and am downloading the 2nd in the series.
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This is currently free on the kindle in UK 07/05/19
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C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written AFTER THE RIFT, an epic fantasy series, and historical romances.

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After The Rift (6 books)
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