Author: Amanda Stevens
Series: The Graveyard Queen #2
Published by: MIRA
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
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.
Bow down to the Graveyard Queen! I’ve been trying to complete and catch up on all series that I’m reading, and this one is a high priority. I read the first book, The Restorer, not too long ago and loved it. So I was pretty excited to read The Kingdom and see what kind of creepy stuff was happening in Amelia Grey’s life after the events that took place in the first book. And of course, I needed to know what was going on with her and Devlin! Although Devlin didn’t make an appearance in the book, I still loved The Kingdom and what Amanda Stevens did with it.
The Kingdom picks up a couple of months after The Restorer left off and Amelia has been hired to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, an isolated mountain town in South Carolina. It doesn’t take long for Amelia to suspect there are other motives behind bringing her there. There is something sinister in Asher Falls, and deep dark secrets worth killing for. The setting is completely different from the first book, with a whole new set of secondary characters. While there were still some connections from the previous book, this was a totally separate story. I loved that.
Amelia continues to be a wonderful character, she’s a great mix of strength and vulnerability. I like how she has a healthy dose of fear (and respect) when it comes to the ghosts, but she’s strong about it. And it’s easy for a character to annoy me when it comes to being in similar situations Amelia finds herself in, but she doesn’t. As I mentioned earlier, Devlin isn’t in this book, but he’s never far from Amelia’s mind and heart. I think it was nice that she was able to get away from Devlin/Charleston for awhile and sort through her feelings. I also enjoyed the rest of the characters in The Kingdom, but not quite as much as the set from the first book. I do hope to see more of Sidra and Tilly in future books, though.
The setting was great! I loved the overall creepiness of the town. I didn’t find the story scary, but it did manage to get my heart rate to slightly increase and my spine to tingle a few times. I give major props for that, because getting that reaction out of me is no easy feat. Also, the plot was very interesting, and actually was the answer to a question I had from The Restorer. However, I was left questioning something pivotal in The Kingdom. I’m not sure if I completely missed something (pretty sure I didn’t) or if the details of certain events don’t match up. I’m going to put it in a spoiler at the bottom, and maybe those of you who read this can clear it up for me.
Overall, The Kingdom was a wonderful book that held my attention from beginning to end. I’m eager to start the third book, The Prophet, immediately. If you haven’t started this series, then do so now. I promise you will not regret it!