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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.

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

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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.

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  • CAROLYN
  • newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 07-09-12

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • James
  • FRANKLIN, WI, United States
  • 11-30-12

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.

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love the series

I enjoy the imagery, and atmospheric writing. However, you have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit, even taking into account the fact that it is a supernatural mystery. I would enjoy it much more if the characters and relationships were built as much as the eerie world they exist in. That is often the case with this type of book, so I have come to expect it. overall a fun listen, if a bit predictable.

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Awesome book & series

Great series. Really enjoyed this book. Author did an awesome job of portraying each character. Narrator also did amazing job. I never lost interest. Thank God for the Carolinas.

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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.

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 10-10-14

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.

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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!

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