Cracked Palace: A Metaphysical Science Fiction Adventure

· Trystero Book 6 · Author Dave Walsh
7 reviews

About this ebook

There's no stopping the Void now. The gate has been cracked open.

Drake and Valencia spent years trying to prevent the coming of the all-powerful alien race known as the Void, only it was all for nothing. After Drake made a deal with the Void Inquisitor, the entity known as Drake Rose ceased to exist as everyone else knew him, leaving him a thrall at the command of the Void.

Valencia knows there's no time to waste, trying to urge Terran leaders to join forces with the Gra'al in a show of unity against the coming storm, while Zed believes the only way there can be peace is in retribution against Ansel Breedon, the madman who's xenophobic brinksmanship ruined the fragile peace the galaxy had been working towards.

As the crew track down missing Terrans and follow the clues they believe left to them by Drake, it's a race against time to ensure the survival of both the Terran and Gra'al people against the unknown alien threat.


Cracked Palace is the sixth and final novel in Dave Walsh's Trystero science fiction adventure series.

The final book in the Trystero saga explores many metaphysical themes, while staying true to its galaxy-hopping space opera scope. Readers enjoy the deep, personal themes and relationships between the characters while not sacrificing on the breakneck, adventure-filled pacing. Each book explores different thematic elements, from parenthood, to coming of age discovery to broader, geopolitical ones.

The first title in the series, Broken Ascension, was a semi-finalist in Hugh Howey’s SPSFC, has been dazzling readers for years now.

Scott from the YouTube channel Book Invasion had this to say about it: “Walsh crafts some excellent action scenes and tension in a high-stakes world while jugging the yin and yang of the characters.”

YouTuber Ramsey Meadows says: “So far this is my favorite of the books I have read for the SPSFC and it was a great grow up fast because he has to book.”

Ratings and reviews

7 reviews
Dan Patterson
August 6, 2023
Great series. I enjoyed it very much.
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Ed Wallace
March 5, 2023
nice concept
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About the author

Dave Walsh was once the world's foremost kickboxing journalist, if that makes any sense. He's still trying to figure that one out.

The thing is, he always loved writing and fiction was always his first love. He wrote 'Godslayer' in hopes of leaving the world of combat sports behind, which, as you can guess, did not exactly work. That's when a lifelong love of science fiction led him down a different path.

Now he writes science fiction novels about far-off worlds, weird technology and the same damned problems that humanity has always had, just with a different setting.

He does all of this while living in the high desert of Albuquerque and raising twin boys with his wife. He's still not sure which is harder: watching friends get knocked out or raising boys.

Trystero Series

-Broken Ascension

-Fractured Sentinel

-Shattered Lineage

-Severed Galaxy

-Smashed Hopes

-Cracked Palace

The Andlios Series

-Cydonia Rising

-Ganymede's Gate

-Monolith's End

-Anarchy's Edge

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