Title: The Kingdom
Author: Amanda Stevens
Publisher: Harlequinn Mira
Publication Date: March 2012
Genre: Adult Mystery/Paranormal Fiction
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two
Synopsis can be found here.
Review:Amelia Gray, The Graveyard Queen, takes a job at the remote and mysterious Asher Falls. But as soon as she arrives, she feels an unusual pull to the town, the people and the strange circumstances that surround the sleepy town.
Amelia is there to restore the old cemetery, but she can't ignore the ghosts that drift through the land. And these ghosts seem awfully interested in her.
After devouring The Restorer, Book One of The Graveyard Queen series, I immediately picked up book two. Amelia has left her beloved Charleston behind to venture to Asher Falls, giving us new mystery and new suspicious characters. As the mystery unfolds slowly, ghosts hiding behind every corner, Amelia finds some secrets are better left alone.
I love Amelia. She's incredibly smart, clever and very much haunted. She can see ghosts and tries to follow her father's rules. But after breaking a few, or all, of them in the last book, the ghosts have become more interested in her than she is comfortable with. Her heart may belong to a certain detective back home, and he is absent in this book, but the loneliness is still there. Her feelings of isolation add to the haunting landscape and creepy people that populate Asher Falls. She's not over her detective, but is she ready to start something new with Thane Asher? Is he to be trusted?
I loved the setting of this book. The cemetery she has to restore is eerie but no match for the older watery grave that is under the lake right outside the house she is staying in. The ghosts have grown bolder. But what is really dangerous aren't necessarily the ghosts, but the people of Asher Falls- what they're capable of and who or what haunts them.
There is nothing to not love about this book. I recommend reading The Restorer first, only because I think The Kingdom is even more powerful after seeing Amelia in her natural hometown.
But overall, this series has quickly become one of my favorites.
Give it a try. It's a slow creepy feeling, the hair rising on the back of your neck, being watched when you're alone. You know- Awesomeness.
Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream