Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books Set in the Palace


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

I love this week theme! It’s no secret that I love ALL things even remotely related to the royalty. Royal family! Crown princes and princesses! Palace! The dresses and shiny ballrooms! Captain of the guard! I luuuurve ♥♥ Palaces and courts are beautiful and they are also the home of secrets and manipulations and all the cunningness. That’s why today’s post would be about ten books set in the palace (or at least featured a palace in it) ♦

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi 

Although I’m not a big fan of the story, I have to admit that Roshani Chokshi painted one of the most beautiful palace I’ve ever read about! I mean yes, it is super quiet and lonely, but still exquisite ♥ A twinkling garden with crystal plants, the room full of stars with the moon on the throne, and the memory tree. Those are just too pretty! Also, all the beautiful and colorful sari that Maya can wear every day is just ♥♥♥

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I was immediately WON OVER by this book because it has crown prince, a lost queen, and captain of the guard as the main characters! Dorian and Chaol ♥ it is also set in a glass castle, which is another thing to love no matter how creepy it actually is… there are also the balls, court meetings, escort, basically everything I adore! Come to think of it… this series is so related to the royalty!

Psst… are you excited for Empire of Storm? This series has also provoked mixed feelings in me. There was the time I disliked it, loved it, felt indifferent about it. I was kind of disappointed by Queen of Shadows, but I’m still excited for the fifth book! 😀

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This book has all the royal elements, charming princes (#TeamMaven), evil queen, not-so-wise king, mean lady (aka Evangeline), ceremony to choose the bride, the tea party and brunch and every other royal activities, and lessons! I always love to see a royalty being tutored it’s just the best! I honestly really love the first book and everything kind of went downhill on Glass Sword… that’s sort of disappointing. But I still have expectation and hope (for Maven!) for King’s Cage.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Because of all the illusions, the lunar palace is certainly one of the prettiest palace ever exist. It is located on THE MOON! How can you beat that? And despite all the lies and manipulations in it, I love the soft and sweet Princess Winter, the handsome and brave palace guard Jacin, and the evil Queen Levana! I even love the thaumaturge, okay? They’re so cool! Winter is also my FAVORITE from the series! It’s tediously long and super complicated, but still, a beautiful closure to one of my most favorite fairy tale retelling of ever ♥

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Okay technically, it’s not set in the palace because most of the time, Kell and Lila were running around the streets and crossing Londons, but still. I love the fact that Kell is a member of the royal family! My black-eyed prince ♥ It is also refreshing to know that the members of Red London royal family are kind-hearted people! The queen, the king, and the prince are so sweet and loving and not at all manipulative. Manipulation, on the other hand, is all over White London. Their palace is creepy with capital C, but seems cool at the same time. It’s definitely one of my current favorite book 😀

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

This book takes place from one palace to another palace. I was starstruck from the very first chapter. That garden of jeweled fruit is just so beautiful and magical ♥ here lemme pluck some quotes

The floor is carpeted in delicate blades of grass, each carved from purest emerald. Low, spreading trees with leaves of jade glitter beneath a high domed ceiling studded with glowing diamonds, like stars in a night sky. From the trees hang fruit: ruby apples, golden lemons, amethystt plums, sapphire berries. They glint and gleam, millions of jewels cut with a precision no mortal art could match. Below in the grass glitter delicate blossoms of topaz and lapis lazuly

Beautiful, isn’t it??!! And then there’s this palace where Caspida lives and all her watch maidens. I lurve! ♥ The Forbidden Wish is also one of my favorite fairy tale retelling so far.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski  

If you couldn’t tell yet, I LOVE this series so badly! It’s so heart breaking and I always love a good punch in the feels 😛 On this second book, Kestrel lived in the palace where she is to be married to the crown prince, Prince Verex. As far as I could remember, there wasn’t any overly beautiful description of the palace, BUT, there was some extreme dose of manipulation and cunningness! Other things I love from living in a court 😉 Kestrel played an extremely dangerous game with the king and it was INTENSE! The sake was just too high and as I said, intense. There were also some beautiful dresses and balls, if I recalled correctly 🙂

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

You probably have noticed that TWATD has made multiple appearances on my TTT. I’m honestly a bit embarrassed of myself, but what can I say?? This book is just too good! :’) My favorite retelling of ever! ♥ There’s a cold-hearted but super loving king, a sassy queen, charming captain of the guard, and a cunning hand maiden. If you by any chance haven’t read this, what are you doing now?? Go devour it right now!

Entwined by Heather Dixon

This book is definitely for all of you who loves princess because it is very princessy! There are not one, not two, but twelve princess, as it is in fact a retelling of twelve dancing princess ♥ I love all the princessy elements of this book! Princess Azalea and Miss Clover are definitely my favorite and I love the gentlemen as well. The only thing I’m not too fond of is the fact that it describes all the dancing very thoroughly! I mean… I don’t need to know all these technical steps to dance, do I?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, I know that technically there’s no royalty in this series, but Night Court is still a court, isn’t it? And high lord is most certainly equal to king so I thought it had to be on the list. Also, I kind of run out of book but let’s pretend I didn’t 🙂 Night Court is FANTASTIC! Velaris is so beautiful and it’s majestic. There were also those twins who help Feyre with everything, so it’s very palacey isn’t it? 😛


Does any of you share my obsessions with palace and all things royal related? What are your favorite books set in the palace? What topics did you choose for this week TTT? Share me your thoughts and link me to your own TTT! 😀 as always, thank you so much for stopping by ♥

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30 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books Set in the Palace

    • Super creepy though! Haha ADSOM is the BEST! I’m dying to read A Gathering of Shadows but afraid the wait for the last book will be insufferable :’) I don’t know… Glass Word was even worse, in my opinion lol but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless! thank u for stopping by 😀


      • Yeah it is (but that’s what makes it so cool!). Ah I can kind of see that, I was just so excited, I wanted to read A Gathering of Shadows as soon as possible after finishing ADSOM. Thanks, I hope so too. No problem 🙂

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  1. This is such a creative and unique take on the prompt! The Winner’s Crime and Winter are two of my favorite books, so I’m so glad to see them on your list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ❤

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    • Palaces are THE BEST! ❤ I'm excited for the sequel though, I hope it'll be better! Lunar Palace is gloooorious! It is laced with tricks and illusions, but still, haha oh yes Winter was so thick! Thank you 🙂 will check out your post soon!


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