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The Kingdom | [Amanda Stevens]

The Kingdom

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Amanda Stevens (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 05-07-12
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 05-07-12
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    "Creepy in a good way."

    Really good second book in the Graveyard Queen series. I really like how the story unfolds for Amelia, how she discovers the towns secrets and how they effect her. At times it's a little predictable but getting there is a treat. Amelia and Thane are interesting and likeable and finding out how they've been manipulated is a very good read.

    Khristine Hvam does a great narration but then I knew that from the Jane Yellowrock books she also narrates. I don't know a thing about a southern accent but I like to think that it's as Khristine represents it. In these books the accent makes the story all the creepier. I certainly hope they stick with her for the narration of the third book, The Prophet. Hopefully it will show up on audible soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-09-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "Good continuation - but....."

    Good second book in the series which sees another graveyard needing restoring by Amelia but this one has some creepy surprises in store for her. Along with the plot, which is dark and creepy, it also tells us more of Amelia's beginnings and thus why she can see ghosts. However, there just wasn't enough romance in it for me to enjoy fully.

    Worth my credit? Mmmm again, 50/50 I will continue with this series now I am 2 books invested into it but if I hadn't ever started the series then it would be a no.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 09-21-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 09-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story but not enough romance for me"

    Amelia Gray is on a new assignment in this book, she was commissioned to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina. Something about this assignment is suspicious. There is a lot of mystery to the town and the townspeople are very reticent to outsiders. She makes a handful of friends, most importantly Thane Asher and a stray dog she adopts and names Angus.
    The biggest mystery she uncovers is her past connection to this town and we learn she was lured here because of her past.
    This book was plot-driven and the romance was collateral. I was looking for a replacement for Devlin (her guy in book 1) and it didn’t have enough of real romance to make me happy.
    It is a well written book though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 02-04-13
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Breesmom

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    "Second Book in Series Delivers Chills"

    'The Kingdom' is the second book of Amanda Steven's 'Graveyard Queen' series. This gothic novel continues the story of Amelia Grey who restores old southern graveyards. She also has the ability to see ghosts. In this book, Amelia finds out the truth about this ability as she works to restore the old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina which is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    This story brought chills to my spine. The secrets of the spooky small town, the frightened townspeople that inhabit this town, the back story of the previous book in this series work together well to create the eerie feelings necessary to bring my mind to such a place.

    For the most part the continuity, the ability of this author to get me to suspend disbelief is done very well but occasionally it just barely missed causing me to have questions; overall, though, I thought this story engrossing and believable.

    i recommend this book for those who enjoy reading horror and suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-30-12
    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story continues from "The Restorer""

    Should read "The Restorer" first, then this book, then "The Prophet". If you like the first book, you'll like all three. All of them are a little spooky, as you would expect, if the main character can see the spirits of the lingering dead. I enjoyed them all, and hope the series continues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 11-16-14
    Michelle 11-16-14 Member Since 2011

    pm04

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    "Each book is the better than the last."

    Like the first book, it had a slow start but it had just enough intrigue to keep me listen. By the end of the book I couldn't wait to get the next. One of the few ghost series out there that actually has a different take rather than the obvious and predicable plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 10-10-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "A perfect halloween ghost story!"

    This is #2 of the series and I loved it. Spooky and ghostly, perfect for Halloween! Amelia can see ghosts and she restores cemeteries and now we know why. This is the story of her birth plus a little evil in the mix. Beautiful southern narration, Amelia lives in Charleston.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14
    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This one is scarier than the first"

    I was disappointed that Devlin was not a major player in this book. However, it explained a lot about Amelia's background and why she can see ghost. I found this book scarier than the first and can't wait to start the third one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 12-28-13
    Rachael 12-28-13

    New series suggestions?

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    "interesting twists"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It is a light read with an interesting plot twist.


    What other book might you compare The Kingdom to and why?

    The Restorer .. really like nothing else I've read. Its got some romance and ghosts.


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really liked the narrator. I'm picky about the voices I listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The run from the mansion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janet 10-13-13
    janet 10-13-13

    paranormal romance

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    "Great series"
    If you could sum up The Kingdom in three words, what would they be?

    I want more!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingdom?

    When Amelia realizes how she is related to the inhabitants of Asher Falls.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the emotions she portrays as she read the character's lines. She did well with both the male and female characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure, but if they cast the characters correctly it would be a great movie!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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