2x Amanda Stevens: The Prophet and The Kingdom

Deep in the shadowy foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a dying town……

My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I’ve been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I’m coming to think I have another purpose here.

Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I’ve discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.
My thoughts:
Omg, omg people! This book was so good. Yes I liked book 1 and it was so hard to put down but this one was even better! I started it and was unable to put it down, I realized that I had missed lunch and tore myself away for 5 minutes. I was utterly lost in this world and did not stop until I reached the end. The only thing stopping me from reading the next one at once is that I need to breathe.
The eerie feeling echoed through out the whole book. A creepy town, freaky things in the woods and questions needed to be answered. And the answers were just as creepy as the questions. What an atmosphere she builds!
I could keep on gushing. I even felt the urge to give it a 5. I know right, from me?! Crazy. I wont though even if it deserves it. I reserve those for books I will re-read over and over again. This one, well the eeriness is there, but now I know. So leave it at 4,5. Best book so far this year. It left me empty now. I have only one book left in the series and I will sad. Especially if it’s not equally good.
Conclusion:
I recommend it. I love when a story pulls me in and refuses to let me go. I could not have torn myself even if I had wanted to.
Series: Graveyard Queen #2
Genre: Southern Gothic mystery
Pages: 376
Published: 2012 by Mira
Source: own
I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I’ve broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.

In order to protect myself, I’ve vowed to return to those rules. But the ghost of a murdered cop needs my help to find his killer. The clues lead me to the dark side of Charleston—where witchcraft, root doctors and black magic still flourish—and back to John Devlin, a haunted police detective I should only love from afar.Now I’m faced with a terrible choice: follow the rules or follow my heart.
My thoughts:
This book had another feel to it than the intense book 2. That one was eerie and haunted me. This one is more calm, but not in the good way that calm is. No it’s more like being drugged and calm. Waking around in a mist.
“Never acknowledge the Dead. Never stray from hallowed ground. Never associate with the haunted. Never tempt fate.”
All things Amelia has done and in this book we see what it does to her. She is on the case to find a murdered, she associate with a ghost, and she is back in Charleston and can’t stay away from Devlin and his ghosts.
Strange drugs, old magic and trickery. A Charleston where the darker side is shown. Amelia meets new friends, and new enemies and we get a few questions answered. But when the book ends, there is still so much left to be told and I was happy to read that Stevens is working in 3 more books. Things are yet to be told and Amelia will surely deal with the darkness that is gathering.
Sure it was not as good as book 2 but then that book was utterly amazing! It was because it was intense while this one had that weird calmness over it.
Conclusion:
A southern Gothic mystery. A series I recommend to everyone.
Series: the Graveyard Queen #3
Pages: 347
Published: 2012 by Mira

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60 thoughts on “2x Amanda Stevens: The Prophet and The Kingdom

  1. Carole Rae says:

    God I love it when a book draws you in that much. I haven't had a fantastic book like that in a while. *sighs* Great reviews and I simply am in love with both of those covers!

  2. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings says:

    I am so glad you finally read these books! I love this series and I am fascinated by all the cemetery stuff. I had Amanda on my blog last fall during Something Wicked and she was just awesome. I cannot wait for the next book!

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