Review: The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

Posted June 28, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens
Series: The Graveyard Queen #2
Published by Harlequin Genres: Mystery, Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

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.


Amelia Gray is commissioned to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, not far from Charleston. From the moment she steps on the ferry that will take her to that destination, Amelia begins to sense a personal connection and something unsettling about this place.

As with the first book, there is an odd, intriguing mix of eeriness, Southernness and romance at play that just works. Amelia is immediately swept up into the politics and personalities of Asher Falls, all the while feeling a familiarity that she can’t identify. From Thane Asher, who she met on the ferry to Luna Kemper, the town librarian who hired her, the residents of this place seem to have ulterior motives. It soon becomes clear that she’s been brought to this town for more than a restoration.

I loved this story, made even more special because of the audiobook narration being so pitch perfect. That whole ghostly, creepy, Southern, romantic vibe was seriously at play. While I missed John Devlin’s presence, I was more than compensated for his absence by learning more about Amelia and getting answers to all those secrets surrounding her past. And, Angus…the utterly tragic and adorable dog that Amelia discovers and takes in shortly after her arrival. I am completely captivated by this series.




About Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, “a new take on the classic ghost story.” Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional Horror Night with friends.

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6 responses to “Review: The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

  1. Great review!! I’ve heard so much about this series when it first came out!! But now it’s a good reminder and I’ll keep it on my radar again!