The Kingdom

The Kingdom

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 104 x 168 x 28mm | 181g
  • Don Mills, Canada
  • English
  • 0778312771
  • 9780778312772
  • 163,163

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"I love this book! Amanda Stevens' The Restorer gives the reader a fascinating character-who interacts with more fascinating characters! Ms. Stevens has managed the difficult feat of combining charm and chills." -New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Heather Graham"Stevens makes her MIRA debut with this taut, disturbing story. The characterizations are vivid, and it's got a lovely twist in the tail. Not for the squeamish!"-RT Book Reviews on The Dollmaker"Faced paced and plotted with spectacular precison and guile, this is undiluted suspense at its very finest. Nervous readers should read it in full daylight." -RT Book Reviews on The Devil's Footprints"Stevens' swiftly-moving, intricately plotted story has oodles of twists and chills-plus a jaw-dropping shocker of an ending. This is good stuff indeed."-RT Book Reviews on The Whispering Room
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About Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and a black cat named Lola. She is an avid reader, a fledgling taphophile, and a collector of Alfred Hitchcock memorabilia. When she\u2019s not writing, she likes taking road trips through the South. You can find her online at www.amandastevens.com
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Rating details

6,730 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 32% (2,180)
4 45% (3,042)
3 19% (1,261)
2 3% (206)
1 1% (41)

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I didn't love the first book in this series (The Restorer) though it had elements I found very appealing but when The Kingdom was made available I couldn't resist. While not strictly necessary, it is advisable for readers to be familiar with the story of The Restorer before beginning The Kingdom, it provides background about Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer, who is the protagonist for the Graveyard Queen series. In The Kingdom, Amelia has taken a commission in the small town of Asher Falls, partly to escape her dangerous attraction to Devlin and the hostile ghost of his dead wife. Amelia has been hired to restore the burial ground owned by the Ashers', once a family grave yard, that was opened to public burial after the town cemetery was flooded. The necropolis still lurks beneath the water at Asher Falls and Amelia's arrival seems to have disturbed the spirits that rest there. While ghostly bells ring from the depths of the lake, in the mountains that crowd the town something evil is lurking, corrupting susceptible townsfolk. When Amelia stumbles upon an isolated grave she discovers a terrible secret that has been kept from her for twenty seven years and there are people in Asher Falls that will kill to keep it. The Kingdom has all of the elements of a gothic ghost story, a sinister family legacy, a small town full of strange folk, murder, romance and shocking secrets. I thought the plot was interesting, revealing as it does Amelia's history which was hinted at in The Restorer. There are twin threats in this story - from the living and the dead- and Amelia has no idea who she can trust. She knows she should leave Asher Falls and return to Charleston but her desire to confront the secrets the town holds overrides her good sense. The pacing is almost perfect as Stevens builds the tension, I couldn't stop turning the pages. The main reason I am rating The Kingdom five stars though is because I was completely sucked in by the stunningly creepy atmosphere Stevens creates. Despite the ordinary suburban view outside my window, when I lifted my head from the page I was expecting to see thick whorls of mist creeping through a forest clearing so immersed was I in the authors lyrical descriptions. When my neighbour's cat ran along the deck railing, the bell at her collar jangling, I froze, afraid to look up in case a diaphanous spirit lurked outside the open door (after which I promptly got up to close and lock it, drawing the blinds against the dark). I enjoyed The Kingdom so much that I have dived straight into the ARC of the third book The Prophet which is due for release in May. A mix of gothic ghost story and urban fantasy, I have no hesitation in recommending that you give The Graveyard Queen series a chance.show more
by Shelley Cusbert
I was thrilled to see this listed on NetGalley as I had adored the first book in the series, The Restorer. Happily, this second story more than lives up to the first, with Stevens offering us more scares and more background on Amelia. The book picks up nicely from the end of the first volume, but takes us to a new place with new faces and new dangers. Stevens managed to keep the suspense level high throughout and it was thrilling to turn each page and see what would happen next. I was unsure of the new character, Thane, for a while, but he quickly grew on me and his role became clearer as the book progressed. Amelia seemed a little out of character a few times, but the reason for that was explained by the time the story reached its climax. Stevens' world-building remains strong and the sense of place plays an important role in her stories. Once again the pacing was spot on and the prose descriptive yet readable and engaging. I, for one, shall be very much looking forward to the next book, which I believe is also due out this year. I can highly recommend this series for those who aren't afraid of a little scare in their paranormal fiction. I received this book as a free e-book ARC via NetGalley.show more
by Nicola Markus
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