Review: The Prophet by Amanda Stevens

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When I first picked up the Graveyard Queen series, it was on impulse—there was a galley being offered and I got curious and requested one.  I was very pleasantly surprised with the plot and setting and have been eagerly waiting for the story to continue.  I haven’t been disappointed, as Amanda Stevens has provided thrills and shocks galore in The Prophet, the third in the series.

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“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.”

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Review: The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

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I’ll be honest with you: I’m not a person who enjoys cemeteries that much.  There are a few that I’ve visited that have been peaceful, but then there’s also the one south of town that exudes a decidedly creepy aura.  What it boils down to is that I’m just not that comfortable with the idea of death, and you can’t get much closer to death than in a boneyard!  However, I do admit that older cemeteries hold a certain fascination, and author Amanda Stevens plays into that feeling with her Graveyard Queen series.  The most recent addition, The Kingdom, is a gripping and eerie tale of ghosts past and present.

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“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.”

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Review: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

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While I often talk about the importance of worldbuilding, it’s not often that I run across a novel that prompts me to wax rhapsodic about its atmosphere.  The ability to evoke the feeling that goes with a location isn’t one that I run across all the time.  The Restorer is one of those rare stories.

Amelia Gray has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a cemetery restorer, but she also takes after him in her ability to see ghosts.  But there are rules for people like them: “Never acknowledge the dead.  Never stray far from hallowed ground.  Never get close to the haunted.  Never, ever tempt fate.”  Amelia spends years following these rules to the letter, but her job at Oak Grove cemetery will test her resolve to its utmost.

Police detective John Devlin approaches Amelia to help with a murder investigation, one in which the body has been dumped in Oak Grove.  Amelia feels an instant attraction to him, but there’s a very big problem—Devlin is haunted by two ghosts.  The woman and young girl follow him wherever he goes.

Amelia thinks that there may be clues about the murder in the symbolism on the headstones, and she’s the most knowledgeable person in the area on this subject.  But now Amelia herself may be on the killer’s radar, and the presence of the dead is growing stronger by the day.

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