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The Kingdom

(Graveyard Queen #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,830 ratings  ·  1,070 reviews
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 di
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 376 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Mira
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Lori - I'm back (with a lot to catch up on)
I read number one in the seven-book, multi-genre Graveyard Queen series, The Restorer, and loved it, five-star love. Not my usual type of read except Amelia Gray, the protagonist, is a professional cemetery restorer and I'm a taphophile, someone with an interest in old, sculptural, historical cemeteries, the kind she is paid to restore. Her job involves intensive research into each one and she knows the meaning of symbols on gravestones.and of placement of monuments and all kinds of things I fin ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit disappointed here because I did not like this one as much as I did book 1 The Restorer.

I realise that having a main character who sees ghosts means the subject matter of the book is going to be spooky and irrational but The Kingdom seemed to take it to a whole new level. There were so many ghosts, evil beings, mysterious happenings and unpleasant people that I became confused, then blasé and finally bored.

And then my pet hate roused its ugly head. Amelia seemed to be a level headed, fairl
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 l
Mada Linx
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

I don’t know how I feel about this one. I did enjoy it, the story was very terrifying and scary, loads of new mysteries on the horizon, some answered questions, like who Amelia is and why is she the way she is, but I got lost sometimes. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention, or maybe it wasn’t explained properly, but some things didn’t make quite sense to me.

Well, overall, it was a good read and I’ll continue with the series.
Much better than the first one! There wasn't much of a romance, in my opinion, because I didn't think Thane Asher would usurp Devlin's place in Amelia's heart.

The mystery was well plotted and I while I did guess pretty early on what was going on, it was satisfying to be in the know. I have to say, there were some pretty terrible people here! Very sad what selfish people were willing to do. Thankfully, there was some just retribution. I thought The Kingdom was way spookier than The Restorer; the
Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 nonhuma
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
Jenny Q
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Amelia wanted to escape her problems in Charleston. A chance to escape arose when a cemetery needed to be restored in a small, isolated town. Most of the people there weren’t friendly, and everyone had secrets they were keeping. Something about the town wasn’t right.

I like this book although I still think it’s the worst book in the series. It was odd having the second book in the series take place in a new setting with a whole new cast of characters except for Amelia. These characters
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 Au
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amelia Gray has been hired to restore Thornhill Cemetery in the mountains of South Carolina. This is not the Thornhill Cemetery that was flooded and lays at the bottom of Bell Lake. This is the newer cemetery that was donated to the town by the Asher family. Amelia finds the secluded cemetery creepy. Actually, the whole town is creepy. A ghost of a young woman hovers near the lake. Another ghost or demon slinks around the cemetery. Amelia knows not to acknowledge them, but she feels they are try ...more
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I want to praise "The Kingdom" so completely, I wonder at fitting it in coherently. This is the perfect adult ghost mystery! Crime might appear on a branch in the periphery but this is an exceptionally special novel for being free of that pretext. Its impetus is a host of far more creative puzzles, that permeate every page with the most mysterious tones imaginable! The innermost reason for my paranormal mystery search, is precisely to find an exhilarating author like Amanda Stevens! I try lettin ...more
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
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated
Somewhat disappointing after the tour de force of the first novel in this series, The Restorer, but lifted back up to a four-star rating because of the revelations about the first-person narrator Amelia Gray that come towards the end and make her shadowy origins crystal clear. No spoilers here, of course, but if you can make your way through some extremes of Gothic horror a solid reward is waiting for you.

Like its predecessor the writing in this book captivated me and led me along, but this time
☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer)
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
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
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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."
"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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Definitely my favorite in the series!

I loved how Amelia is brought into a new setting and learns of her past while figuring out her future. Will it be Devlin or Thane?

Will she even make it out of Asher Falls?

“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 King
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
I read The Restorer more than two years ago and every time I thought of reading the next I remembered the level of angst in the first book. On the one hand, what a hell was I thinking? On the other, though, I am glad I waited. I needed distance from the Devlin situation. You know when you don't have anyone to blame (or hate) in a book and it's still messed up? That.

Amelia accepted a new commission in an isolated small town called Asher Falls. She needs distance and piece from everything and this
5 Intensely Frightening Stars... The way in which Amanda Stevens guides her audience through these ghostly encounters allows them to become quite sensual for the reader; allowing them to experience all facets of the moment just like her characters... In this read, Amelia Gray is thrust into a true ghost town filled with secrets that seem to speak directly to her; opening doors to her unknown past that may have deadly consequences... From start to finish this haunting tale takes the reader on an ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pnr
After the stunning introduction to Amelia the Graveyard Queen and the subsequent hair-raising events in the Restorer, you bet your britches I was in for more of this series. Hauntingly gothic and suspenseful where a shadow isn't just a shadow and the dark brings more than nightmares for Amelia.

The Kingdom is book two in the Graveyard Queen and follows on previous events in book one so doesn't standalone well. In fact, I think the prequel actually works good between the first two books since I ca
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Book two in the Graveyard Queen series picks up a few months after the events of book one, The Restorer, and finds Amelia heading out to Asher Falls on a new restoration project. Needing to clear her mind and, possibly, her heart, Amelia feels that a change of scenery will help her get over the frightening events of book one as well as the man she loves (but whom she feels she can never have).

As much as I enjoyed and was engrossed by the first book, I can't truthfully say that this book held the
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases

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
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 Car
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
Jen Davis
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Blodeuedd Finland
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This eerily creepy series is really growing on me. It's quietly sinister, and nature itself plays a big part, along with the ghosts and all the long kept secrets regarding Amelia's birth. All the same, you are often kept wondering what is real and what is a figment of your own imagination.

It's also a plus that the narrator of these books is Khristine Hvam, a favorite of mine. She always manages to bring the characters' sinister feelings and characteristics to life in my mind.
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Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, “a new take on the classic ghost story.” Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional Horror Night with friends.

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