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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 376 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2012)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
Something was seriously amiss in this town. I’d felt it the moment I crossed Bell Lake. The shadows seem deeper, the nights longer, the secrets older. Even the wind felt different here.

In The Kingdom, second book in The Graveyard Queen series, Amelia Gray is called to restore the local cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, and she gladly accepts, hoping that some time away will help put emotional distance between her and John Devlin, the haunted police detective she desperately love...more
Rane


The isolated kingdom surrounded by water- looms heavy over the town that once blossom, now cloaked by darkness and evil. And there underneath the water lays stone angels and the graves of those of the unrest as they walk among the living looking for peace and justice.

The Kingdom takes place a few months after the events of The Restorer, with the focus on a past unknown to even Amelia Gray. Amanda Stevens turns up the dial on the spooky and suspense level. First and foremost with The Restorer th...more
Jenny Q
4.5 Stars. The Restorer was one of my favorite books of 2011 and I was anxiously awaiting it's sequel. The Kingdom did not disappoint. The spook factor begins on page one, as Amelia makes her way to the remote town of Asher Falls to restore the small town's cemetery. Amelia's grateful for the change in scenery. She needs a break from Charleston, from the events of the past few months, and she's running away from the man she loves, John Devlin, and the ghosts that haunt him.

But Asher Falls turns...more
Lisa Kay
The Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, North Carolina. One can see why these mountains got their name.


★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Khristine Hvam continues the narration of Amanda Stevens’s eerie mystery series. She does an excellent job reading this in first person POV as Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer. Her Southern accent is perfection, as well as her cadence, tone, inflection, enunciation, and her ability to different voices. There is a reason Ms. Hvam was on my Top Ten Audio...more
Jill
"I always knew this place was tainted," she said. "I could feel it in the wind when I first came here. It got so I was afraid to go outside after dark, and I was never that way back home. But I knew something was out there...watching and waiting..."

With a new commission Amelia Gray leaves Charleston for a graveyard restoration at Asher Falls in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. Having left behind her love and her hopes for John Devlin, Amelia is thrust into more myster...more
AH
I fell in love with this series after I read The Restorer. The second book in the series, The Kingdom continues Amelia Gray’s story. Amelia is a young woman who has an unlikely occupation: she restores old and abandoned cemeteries. The Kingdom finds Amelia commissioned to restore the Thorngate Cemetery in the town of Asher Falls, South Carolina.

Asher Falls is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is an isolated town and the population is eccentric. They seem friendly, but some...more
Jonetta
Amelia Gray is commissioned to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, not far from Charleston. From the moment she steps on the ferry that will take her to that destination, Amelia begins to sense a personal connection and something unsettling about this place.

As with the first book, there is an odd, intriguing mix of eeriness, Southernness and romance at play that just works. Amelia is immediately swept up into the politics and personalities of Asher Falls, all the while feeling a...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Read my review on Demon Lover's

In Asher Falls, the cemetery was flooded when the river was dammed up. Now the townsfolk are living with the aftermath.

"...around here we call it Bell Lake."
"Why?"
"In the old days, coffins were equipped with a warning system-a chain attached to a bell on the grave in case of a premature burial. They say at night, when the mist rolls in, you can hear those bells."


Amelia hears those bells. She hears them every time there is a mist, and with that mist is a spirit...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
This book was nothing like I expected it to be and yet it manages to advance the Graveyard Queen series in a way that maintains the tone and answers some of the questions set up in The Restorer. It has elements of horror. It has danger. It, of course, has ghosts. But what it doesn't have... is John Devlin. But I'll get back to that in a minute.

It's been a few months since the events of the last book and Amelia has accepted a new job in a new town called Asher Falls. She has been trying to keep h...more
MISS VAIN
Never Acknowledge the Dead, Never stray far from hallowed ground, Never associate with the haunted, and never tempt fate.

The Kingdom begins a few months after the events that occurred in The Restorer. She has left Devlin behind, in the hopes of finally obeying her fathers wishes. She quickly emerges herself into her work to forget about the lovely and captivating Devlin. She has been hired to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, and soon discovers that this town comes with ore secrets than Carter...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Review*

The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen #2) finds Amelia Gray accepting new job restoring Thorngate cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina. This comes nearly a month after the events of The Restorer where she was nearly a victim of a serial killer and broke every rule in avoiding ghosts at all costs.

Asher Falls is a town that is secluded and reachable only by ferry. The town’s people are a six pack short of a case and there is tension as well as a feeling of foreboding from the moment Amelia hits...more
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
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I would dare say The Kingdom is damn near perfection. I was already eager to read it, but never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate such an amazingly intense and spooky ride. The imagery Amanda Stevens creates right from the first scene starts the incredibly haunting tone of the book, and it never lets up or runs out of steam - it just keeps plowing ahead. Her narration and descriptions are so colorful and vivid. The characters so deep a...more
Susana
This story really disappointed me.
Honestly, I was expecting a whole lot more from this...
After reading the first volume, Amelia's strange characterization no longer came as a surprise. But while on the first story, the mystery kept me from dwelling on a "couple of things" that I just found irritating; in this one, the mystery wasn't all that interesting...and not all that mysterious.

If the book were to be evaluated only on account of his "photography" aspect,its so called atmosphere and scenari...more
Kimba
4.5 I am totally in love with the Graveyard Queen series! It has all of the elements I love in a good urban fantasy. We have excellent characters, a little paranormal woo-woo and lots of mystery and suspense. I totally want to be a cemetery restorer now! The Kingdom delivers a creepy-tasitc tale and is perfect for fall.

The tale picks up shortly after the Restorer ends and Amelia Gray has accepted a commission to restore Thorngate cemetery located in Asher Falls, South Carolina. She is happy for...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
“Asher Falls. Welcome to our kingdom, Amelia Gray.”

Long story short
Amelia Gray gets a new commission in Asher Falls, a town full of mysterious people and a secret that will change her life forever.

My thoughts
I absolutely loved The Restorer, book one of the Graveyard Queen series, and I had to know what happens next. That’s why I started The Kingdom right after I finished it. I don’t know if this was a mistake or not, but I did not enjoy The Kingdom one bit.

My problems with The Kingdom are s...more
Heidi
“Four and half stars: Amanda Stevens returns with more chills and thrills in this creepy sequel to The Restorer.

Amelia Gray, is escaping Charleston after the terrifying and climatic events at the end of book one, The Restorer. She takes on a new graveyard restoration job, in the small town of Asher Falls, South Carolina. Amelia is hoping that burying herself in the cemetery restoration will take her mind off Devlin. She ended her relationship with him, knowing that it could not continue as long...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
I'm beginning to notice a pattern with these books. They have a tendency to make me stay up until all sorts of ungodly hours of the night because I JUST SIMPLY CANNOT PUT THEM DOWN!

Even with my trepidation going into this one knowing that one of the characters I loved from book one wouldn't be in it at all, I was not in any way disappointed. I did miss the character, and I can't wait for them to show up in the next book, but I can totally see how it made sense plot-wise for Amelia to take this t...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

Asher Falls is officially one of the creepiest towns I’ve ever read about. There was a ghostly quality to it and it seemed the entire town might even be in on whatever mystic presence is there. Is it because of the graveyard at the bottom of the lake or the weird presence felt in the forest I’m not sure. But as places go I don’t think I’d ever visit.

The connection to Amelia and her past was….well I’m not sure how to put it without giving away the story but for me it teetered on far out...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Harelquin
Imprint: Mira
Author’s Website: http://www.amandastevens.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, The Graveyard Queen
Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but might work well as a standalone.
Steam Level: Steamy

I should probably start this review off with how much I adore this series. The Restorer is the first book I ever rated as 5-Stars...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A woman dragged into a world where her unknown heritage comes back to haunt her.

Opening Sentence: The breeze off the water carried a slight chill even though the sun had barely begun its western slide.

The Review:

The second installment of the Graveyard Queen series, The Kingdom, lives up to the expectations of the first book. This one focuses not on Amelia’s present and possible future, but on her past. Her new restoration job in Asher Falls...more
Fani
4.5
Considering that The Restorer was perhaps my favorite book for 2011, you can understand how anxious I was for the arrival of The Kingdom. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed.

In The Kingdom, Amelia arrives in Asher Falls, a town near Charleston, to restore another cemetary. But there is something strange about this city, something dark and dangerous which attracts Amelia like a flame to a moth. The people of this town have all their own secrets to hide and they will do anything to pro...more
The Flooze
Written in somber first-person prose, The Kingdom is compelling reading.

This second installment fosters a stronger connection between Amelia and the reader. Though still reserved and practical, Amelia is plagued with curiosity about her gift and by her lingering feelings towards Devlin. The detective may have forced her to let the ghosts in, but their time together has also made her more emotionally accessible.

Amelia's longing for some restoration of self leads her to a new project. But her hop...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
3.5... The Restorer had all the intenisity this book did not. There were too many telling clues set in stereotypical small town. There are a couple of surpises.
Blodeuedd Finland
Omg, omg people! This book was so good. Yes I liked book 1 and it was so hard to put down but this one was even better! I started it and was unable to put it down, I realized that I had missed lunch and tore myself away for 5 minutes. I was utterly lost in this world and did not stop until I reached the end. The only thing stopping me from reading the next one at once is that I need to breathe.

The eerie feeling echoed through out the whole book. A creepy town, freaky things in the woods and ques...more
W
May 12, 2012 W rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012-read
I'd give this one a 2.5

This paranormal/horror/mystery novel is the second in the Graveyard Queen series, focusing around Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who has the ability to see the dead. The topic of cemeteries as a link to history and the past has always intrigued me, and the first book was one that I enjoyed (with the exception of a really weird, out-of-place sexual encounter near the end). I was hoping for a bit more of a digging-through-history, learning-about-cemeteries kind of story, b...more
Mika
The Kingdom picks up a few months later the events of The Restorer. Amelia has kept her distance from Devlin and before she succumbs to temptation, she accepts work at a remote location. She soon finds out that there is a dark secret in the little ghost town, a secret tied deeply to her.
I was surprised that Devlin is not in this novel, at all. But somehow you don't really miss him. Not because he is not a great character, but because Amanda was able to involve the reader without relying on the r...more
Cathy
Another great atmosphere, spooky, enchanting, engrossing ghost story. And yes, I did stay up until 5 a.m. to finish it and that is past even my bedtime. These are not books that are easy to put down once you've started them, I'm giving you fair warning.

The thing that bugged me in the first book, the frequent overly heavy-handed foreshadowing, was not a problem in this book. But it did bug me a bit that Amelia was so hung up on Devlin. She barely spent any time with him in the first book and she...more
Alisha
(Review originally posted at Book Lovers Inc)

Bottom Line: All in all, The Kingdom has boatloads of lush atmosphere (I’m sure you’ll hear that whenever someone describes this book), with several moments of creepiness and excitement. If you scare easily, I would suggest not reading this book alone in the dead of night. ^_^ But I’d certainly recommend the book and series to any and all fans of UF, especially those looking for something different from the usual.

Review:
Atmospheric. Intense. Those are...more
Jess
Wow. I almost can't find words to express how amazing this book was. It was haunting, creepy, engrossing and in the end I just couldn't put it down. Stevens has a tremendous ability to suck a reader in with her descriptions and detailed plotlines. Also, she has a knack for really weirding me out. From the first page of the book I had a distinct feeling of foreboding and just kept willing the character of Amelia to leave the town because something strange was going on. Of course, Amelia didn't le...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Beautifully spooky!

After her brush with death and the end of her relationship with detective John Devlin in The Restorer, the Graveyard Queen, Amelia Gray is back to work restoring cemeteries. Wanting a change of scenery, she accepts a proposal to restore a cemetery that takes her to the small town of Asher Falls, South Carolina. When she begins to "dig" into the rich history of the town and family secrets are revealed, Amelia is confronted with the unknown ghosts of her past. It's here where sh...more
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Amanda Stevens was born and raised in the foothills of the Ozarks, an area known for its folklore and superstition. She learned from an early age to fear black cats, ladders, and broken mirrors. A risk taker, she now resides with all three. She is also the mother of twins, a wannabe taphophile, and a collector of all things Alfred Hitchcock. When she’s not writing from her home in Houston, she lik...more
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