The Prophet (Graveyard Queen, #3) by Amanda Stevenson September 23rd, 2013
Title: The Prophet
Author: Amanda Stevens
Published: April 24, 2012
Series: Graveyard Queen, #3
My name is Amelia Gray.
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.
Just gets better and better! I had to immediately start reading The Prophet as soon as I finished The Kingdom, the second book in the series. I can easily say this was my favorite book in the Graveyard Queen series so far. Now that I’m caught up on the series, I have to wait in agony for the fourth book.
In The Prophet, the author brings the story back to Charleston. I really liked how the previous book didn’t jump right into this storyline; that Amelia had to deal with other ghostly and personal craziness away from Charleston first. Because of that, I felt like I had a much better grasp of Amelia and her life going into The Prophet. Going from The Restorer storyline strait into The Prophets would’ve been too much too soon, even though they easily could have.
With the ability to see ghosts, Amelia’s life hasn’t been exactly normal. But now that she has broken the rules her father set in order to keep her safe, it gets a whole lot more interesting. Amelia is “persuaded” to help Detective Robert Fremont solve a murder – his. While doing that, she gets mixed up in a case Devlin is working on that involves a dangerous man with ties to darker magic. Along with Devlin are his ghosts, and Amelia can no longer ignore them.
There is a mixture of old and new characters in The Prophet, and it was interesting discovering how they all fit into story. Especially the delicious Devlin. Amelia continues to be a wonderful character, but seriously, the woman needs to invest in some curtains or blinds. She has to question everything she has been taught about dealing with the ghosts and wonders whether maybe the rules have been wrong all this time. She is definitely developing into something more than just a cemetery restorer.
A lot goes on in this book and I absolutely loved how everything played out. Every single thing that happened did so for a reason; there are no coincidences. The way the world of voodoo was incorporated into the story was great, it added a different vibe than the first two books. That aspect of it is one of the reasons I liked The Kingdom more than the others.
Amanda Stevens did a wonderful job with bringing everything around in The Prophet. Mysteries were solved and secrets revealed. Questions and situations from the first book that were carried over to this one are all resolved. I know the fourth book is titled The Visitor, and I hope a certain female character from the second book makes an appearance. I’m looking forward to seeing Amelia evolve with her paranormal gift.
The Abandoned (#0.5) | The Restorer (#1) | The Kingdom (#2)