Amelia Gray has been haunted by ghost her whole life. Growing up as the only child of a cemetery keeper, her father taught her the rules - Never acknoAmelia Gray has been haunted by ghost her whole life. Growing up as the only child of a cemetery keeper, her father taught her the rules - Never acknowledge the dead, never stray from hallowed ground, keep your distance from those that are haunted. Yet when a dashing detective approaches Amelia about a murder at a graveyard she is restoring, all the rules fly out the window and she finds herself on treading on unfamiliar ground, not know which way she should go.
Setting in the Gothic Southern city of Charleston, Amanda Stevens was able to create a hauntingly magical tale full of mystery and suspense. The first of a trilogy, she managed to keep you well-enough involved to quickly reach for the next in the series. ...more
We first met Samuel and his faithful dog Boswell in The Gates, where we learned that the two of them, along with a demon named Nurd, defeated the evilWe first met Samuel and his faithful dog Boswell in The Gates, where we learned that the two of them, along with a demon named Nurd, defeated the evil plot of the Great Malevolence and his lieutenant Ba'al, who now prefers to be called Mrs. Abernathy. But demons have very tender feelings and Mrs. Abernathy isn't forgetting Samuel anytime soon, so she snatches him and Bowell back into Hell to finish what she started. But her plan backfires as a few other humans are sucked back also, and together they throw a monkey wrench (along with a few bottles of Spiggit's Old Peculiar into the works.
Very entertaining read, with lots of dark humor. And the footnotes, oh the footnotes. I'm pretty sure I was reading them out loud to anyone who would listen. Quick, fun read. ...more
Adelia is happy living in her little cottage by the river, helping the local people with their daily illnesses and injuries. But King Henry has summonAdelia is happy living in her little cottage by the river, helping the local people with their daily illnesses and injuries. But King Henry has summoned her to help identify a set of skeletons who are rumored to be those of the legendary King Arthur and Guinevere at Glastonbury Abbey.
Adelia and her entourage - Mansur, Gyltha and Adelia's daughter Allie, arrive at a local inn for their stay while investigating the area where the bodies where found. The inn keeper and his wife must scramble to get beds and meals ready for the group since no visitors where expected but otherwise, all seems normal. However, the next day when Adelia and Mansur are viewing the graves where the bodies were found, an avalanche almost buries them alive. Upon inspection, Adelia is certain that it was no accident and so begins her adventure of trying to stay one step ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep her from discovering the truth of King Arthur. ...more
Jorg of Ancrath is not your normal teenager. No, no, no. At the age of thirteen, he is the leader of a motley crew of bandits who terrorize the land bJorg of Ancrath is not your normal teenager. No, no, no. At the age of thirteen, he is the leader of a motley crew of bandits who terrorize the land burning villages, killing the men and raping women. Yes, he is most definitely not your average youth. But once you can get past the bloody mess, there is a story there. Of how at an even younger age, he witnessed part of his family brutally murdered. Of having a father who is king and a dangerous and violent man himself, you start to piece together a story of how this young man came to be. Oh, and the wizards, did I mention them? See, there is magic in the story and everyone wants to be King of All the land, so they will resort to all kinds of trickery to gain the upper hand.
Let me say here and now, this is NOT a story for everyone! Personally, I loved it and will be reading the rest of the series. Fantasy is not a genre that I would normally gravitate to but this one quickly pulled me in and I loved it....more