The Kingdom

Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Graveyard Queen, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.4 out of 5 stars (964 ratings)

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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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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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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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Eerie, spooky, surreal and gripping

Amelia Gray has been commissioned to restore an old graveyard in Asher Falls, South Carolina. She leaves her home in Charleston and leaves her dashed romance with detective John Devlin, although she thinks of him often. She feels drawn to the ghosts that haunt him, especially the young girl who was his daughter. Amelia Gray can see ghosts, and she tries to follow the rules set out by her father to not let them latch on to her which include not getting involved with a haunted man. Asher Falls is a withering community by Bell Lake, formed when a reservoir was created, drowning the town below the damn, including the old cemetery. Only a small group of people remain including the family the town was named after. Thane Asher meets Amelia on the ferry into town and invites her to dinner where she meets the family as well as three women who grew up in Asher Falls. While Amelia puts her best foot forward, she feels something strange, almost malevolent among them. Amelia works on the neglected cemetery where she finds a grave set apart from the others in a remote area. It has been well tended, unlike the majority of the cemetery. She mentions it at dinner and is greeted by a stunned silence. Her curiosity grows even more. She is temporarily living in a vacationing resident’s home near the lake where a stray dog appears. He is mutilated in ways that suggest he was involved in a dog fighting ring. Amelia has grown to care for the dog she names Angus, and he is protective of her. More than once, he comes to Amelia’s rescue while working at the cemetery when she is overcome by a thicket that seems to surround her and want to carry her away. Thane and Amelia are drawn to each other, yet Amelia holds back, thinking of Devlin. However, when they visit the cemetery late one night, another evil force seems to push them into each other’s arms with abandon. Amelia feels as if she is being watched. Late one night, Amelia awakens to Angus’s cries. He has been restrained in a field full of bear traps. Desperate to reach him, Amelia is terrified, when a neighbor named Tilly comes to her aid. This isn’t the first time Tilly has saved Amelia from harm, seeming to know just when to show up. Amelia goes back to Charleston to see her adoptive parents. She wants to find out why Asher Falls seems to call to her. When her aunt and father lay bare the secrets, Amelia is both shocked and relieved to understand why she is drawn there and why she must return despite the danger. This Southern gothic mystery was eerie, spooky, surreal. I was stunned when the truth was revealed. Amelia’s connection is very real, very gruesome, very compelling, and very dangerous. Narrator Khristine Hvam kept me on the edge of my seat with her Southern drawl unfolding the story ever more urgently. The story was gripping, and I definitely recommend it.

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Underwater Graveyard, A Bait Dog, & Killer Weeds

I don't know if I'm more creeped out, stressed out, or just plain out of my mind over the twists and turns in this one. But it sure kept me going until the end. I love the unique story line and characters found in this series. The main character Amelia is an enjoyable blend of strength and self-deprecation. She wavers between her powerful knowledge and a lack of confidence in a way that many people can relate to. She faces her fears, stands up to those who make her angry, but she shows a human side as well. In this story, the second installment in the Graveyard Queen series, we find out more about Amelia's background. Holy Cow. Didn't see this stuff coming. No wonder the poor woman sees ghosts. Amelia also finds herself attracted to a rich and charming man she meets on the ferry to her new work site. Thane is a multi-faceted character who presents the side he wants people to see. A trait he's learned in the society in which he was raised. Unfortunately, this only creates more mystery for Amelia in the creepy town of Asher Falls, where you really can't trust anyone. There's a lot going on in this novel: mystery, intrigue, passion, disloyalty, and generations' worth of lies. The emotional highs and lows are pretty intense. Although this story could be read as a stand-alone, do yourself a favor and read the original story in the series first for better enjoyment.

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Very exciting, suspenseful paranormal mystery!

The Kingdom By: Amanda Stevens Narrated by: Khristine Hvam Series: Graveyard Queen, Book 2 This book really brings a dark and heavy atmosphere feel as the author describes the town Amelia has to work in next. She thinks it is just effecting her but once she arrives in town everyone is feeling something dark and strange. This town has lots of secrets that can cost Amelia her life! Many secrets of the family are explored too! The Graveyard Queen becomes the prey as she is stalked by humans and nonhumans. Great suspense and mysteries. The narrator performs very well!

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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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Zzzz

sorry but all of these books so far are very dull and boring. I can't continue to listen.

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Another intriguing storyline

This series is very well written and very well narrated. There's a lot of mystery, supernatural experiences and discovery of true origin. Book 2 pretty flawlessly sews together the seams left purposefully agape in Book 1. I've read a lot of reviews of lackluster romance disappointment but a forbidden first love awaits her return in Book 3.

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interesting story, not much of a romance

interesting mystery as book 2 of the series, but not much of a romance. Progression in the story line and narration was great.