The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This has got to be one of the best books I have read in awhile. I was thrilled and chilled as I read it.
A thoroughly delightful and creepy read. These books reverberate with the lush decadence of death. Gothic and lovely, creepy and scary it's a series you won't be able to pull yourself away from once you enter the world of The Graveyard Queen.
Book one pulled me deep into the depths of the Amelia's graveyards and book two had me shivering as I imagined the sound of the bells of the dead drifting in from the lake (so very creepy- you'll love it).
**Caution spoilers ahead for those who have not read book one**
The Kingdom takes Amelia away from Charleston, away from her sick mother and distant father, and from Devlin, the man she loves who is still haunted by the ghosts of his dead wife and child. Amelia had gotten too close to Devlin and let the spirits in, which could have dire consequences for her and everyone close to her.
So when she's offered the chance to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls she takes it. But as soon as she arrives things are strange. She feels an odd connection to the place she can't explain and there's a ghost that is drawn to Amelia and even though Amelia tries to fight the connection she can feel powerful emotions and thoughts from this spirit, something she's never done before.
Asher Falls has other secrets too- like the creepy old Asher patriarch who wants to control everything and everyone in the town while trying to seem like he's making up for a bad decision that flooded half the town- putting the original Thorngate town cemetery under water (which is such a creepy element in this book).
Then there's the falls and the strange symbols and the feeling of evil that surrounds everything. Add to that the three women (witches?) who lurk around and always seem to be at the center of everything.
Plus Amelia is attracted to a new man, the adopted grandson of the Asher clan. But can she trust him? Can she forget about Devlin?
Amelia learns more about herself and her family lineage than she ever bargained for. The question is- can she handle the truth, the revelations, and everything it means? And how will the evil of Asher Falls play into Amelia's future?
I can't wait for book 3.
I was at first surprised at all of the family history revealed in this book, being only book 2. But then I realized book 1 set us up for the revelations, book 2 gave us the truth, so I am thinking book 3 will probably bring things full circle back to Devlin and the resolution of Amelia's past and future.
I received this book from NetGalley.
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