The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens
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.
The Kingdom is the second book in the Graveyard Queen series and I am a HUGE fan of The Restorer. So I’ve been excited waiting for The Kingdom! After reading it, I can definitely say that my love for the Graveyard Queen series is even more firmly cemented!
The truth is I loved The Kingdom even more than The Restorer. The Kingdom is like amazingtastic times 2. It’s creepier and we learn so much more about Amelia and her past, which has quite the mysterious twist. I have to admit when I learned The Kingdom didn’t have Devlin in it, I was bummed. However, I didn’t end up disappointed at all. I became immediately intrigued with Thane, a character I grew to like as much (if not more) than Devlin.
The Kingdom is The Restorer kicked up a few notches in all my favorite areas – especially the creepy and mysterious. The ghosts and entities are more creeptastic. I even thought the Thorngate cemetery, Amelia’s restoration assignment and Asher Falls its location was more intriguing and interesting.
There’s the intrigue of an underwater cemetery and the ghosts that Amelia has to avoid, including one persistent ghost who can almost read Amelia’s thoughts for some reason and is desperate to make contact. There are also plenty of non-ghost/human characters that are creepy in their own way and have secrets to hide.
There were so many times when I was flipping pages [ok not literally since I read it on my nook] trying to keep my heart from leaping out of my chest. I thought the action and suspense was definitely heightened in The Kingdom, there are so many areas of tension! People, entities, unknown whatevers, I loved it all!
All in all, I felt in The Kingdom the stakes are raised and we learn more about Amelia as she learns more about herself and her past and yet again is forced to make some tough decisions.The ending was really satisfying although I was sort of bummed at first. However, when I read the final sentence that feeling went away and I’m eager to read The Prophet more than ever. I loved it so much; I didn’t want it to end! I’m just thankful the next installment – The Prophet is coming soon so we won’t have to wait too long to find out what happens next for Amelia.
*Review Copy provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for a fair review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.