Behind Palace Walls by Erin Chase
Novel: BEHIND PALACE WALLS
Author: Erin Chase
Author Website: Amazon Author Page
Rating: 5 STARS, PAGE TURNER / COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN
Posting: Coming of Age, Historical Fiction
Released: Jan 2016
Review Date: 11-4-2017
A timeless coming of age story that was told honestly. It takes you on an unforgettable journey and is completely relatable!–Jacks, SBC Reviewer
Behind Palace Walls follows the journey of the young Sheshamun. She is a young girl who gets recruited to the life of the pharaoh’s harem. This change dramatically alters the course her life was on. She must leave her family, friends, and everything she knows. Sheshamun quickly befriends new people that look out for her. She also makes a few enemies along the way. She faces many challenges and develops a forbidden crush on the pharaohs son, Prince Ramose. Will Sheshamun be able to dedicate herself solely to the pharaoh and fully adjust to her new life?
3 words to describe this novel: Coming of Age, Strength, and Forbidden
Behind Palace Walls is an honest snapshot of what life was like during the time of the pharaoh. It has a nice pace, and Chase does an incredible job of setting the scene and transporting you back in time. She does so in a way that it is definitely relatable and points out timeless elements of life (family connections, friendships, first crushes, and even shopping) in such a strong way that it is easy to translate the essence of the story to our own time.
Although I would have loved to have had a shorter nickname for the lead character Sheshamun early on in the novel to connect with her even more, it did not diminish my reading experience. I connected with Sheshamun deeply because she was a smart well-developed character with a big heart, a lover of life, and an openness that helped her adapt to any situation.
This story was such an interesting read that had me hooked from the start. I am usually not a huge fan of historical fiction, but Erin Chase did a phenomenal job with this book. I just loved it. Honestly, this coming of age story was so well written, timeless, and relevant that it could have be set in any time period. It was that good.
I give this 5 STARS! Great read! The historical accuracy was spot on! I am already anticipating the next one!
Jacks, Silver Beans Café Reviewer