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"This is paranormal romance done well."
-New York Journal of Books on The Restorer

"The beginning of Stevens' Graveyard Queen series left this reviewer breathless. The author smoothly establishes characters and forms the foundation of future story lines with an edgy and beautiful writing style. Her story is full of twists and turns, with delicious and surprising conclusions. Readers will want to force themselves to slow down and enjoy the book instead of speeding through to the end, and they'll anxiously await the next installment of this deceptively gritty series."
-RT Book Reviews on The Restorer, 4.5 stars "Top Pick"

"I love this book! Amanda Stevens' The Restorer gives the reader a fascinating character-who interacts with more fascinating characters! Ms. Stevens has managed the difficult feat of combining charm and chills." -New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Heather Graham

"Stevens makes her MIRA debut with this taut, disturbing story. The characterizations are vivid, and it's got a lovely twist in the tail. Not for the squeamish!"

-RT Book Reviews on The Dollmaker

"Faced paced and plotted with spectacular precison and guile, this is undiluted suspense at its very finest. Nervous readers should read it in full daylight."
-RT Book Reviews on The Devil's Footprints

"Stevens' swiftly-moving, intricately plotted story has oodles of twists and chills-plus a jaw-dropping shocker of an ending. This is good stuff indeed."
-RT Book Reviews on The Whispering Room

About the Author

Amanda Stevens lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and a black cat named Lola. She is an avid reader, a fledgling taphophile, and a collector of Alfred Hitchcock memorabilia. When she\u2019s not writing, she likes taking road trips through the South. You can find her online at

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Product Details

  • Series: The Graveyard Queen Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778312771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778312772
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 margarita.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on April 13, 2012
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I think that it is quite possible that I enjoyed this book, The Kingdom, more than the first in the series The Restorer. There was something about The Kingdom, how it twisted back on itself and answered those hanging questions from book one that had confounded me.

Amelia Grey has been called to Asher Falls to complete a graveyard restoration. Thornhill Cemetery is actually the second cemetery in Asher Falls, after the first Thornhill had been flooded out leaving the markers, statuary and coffins at the bottom of what is now a lake.

The moment Amelia steps off the ferry, she knows something is different; she can feel it deep down in her soul. Asher Falls is talking to her and she does not know why the town's ghosts are reaching out to her.

Amelia has been able to see spirits since she was a young child, but living by her father's rules, she has learned not to interact with them. Not to let them in. This time, this town, things are different - the veil between their world and hers is thinner. They are reaching out to her in a way that she has not been prepared for.

What is it about Asher Falls that is so different? Maybe if she can go back home, to Rosehill, the place she calls home she can talk to her father and have him, once and for all, explain to her the circumstances of her adoption. What really happened to her as an infant? Most importantly, what does he know about Asher Falls and Thornhill Cemetery?

Caught in the grasp of a place and its people, Amelia finds herself fighting for the truth and at the same time fighting for her life. There is something about this place and the strange women that inhabit this town.

In Asher Falls, Evil is a real entity. It is capitalized, as if it is a person - a looming being.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amber I @ AwesomeSauce on March 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those reviews I am going to have to try and control my fan girl like moments in!! I loved the first book The Restorer and amazingly this book was just as awesome!! Its creepy and beautiful and just has this whole package of mystery!!

First lets start with the creep factor. This book is filled with creepy moments as our main girl Amelia can see ghosts. And no these are not the sexy ghosts, they are terrifying! I seriously turned on Dora the Explorer to help me through this book so I wouldn't get too scared.

Second Amanda Stevens just has this beautiful way of writing. She sucks you into this small town and gives you all the details without boring you and creates this mystical world. I read this book in 2 sittings because I just could not put it down. As soon as we are on the ferry going to her new job I was glued to the pages. Every moment of this book there was something to grab a hold too and I just could not let go.

You must start with her first book The Restorer because that is where it all starts. And if you have read it then you will find some of the mysteries in Amelias life are uncovered in this book. We also meet some new characters and find out more about Amelias past. I have to say I totally missed Devlin through the whole book, but I really did enjoy meeting Thane. Oh and the very last 3 words of this book had me going crazy and abandoning my blogging duties so I could jump into The Prophet!

This book is a MUST MUST read!! I mean it. Its one of those books I think almost anyone would enjoy. There is something not quite right in Asher Falls and poor Amelia has no idea who she can trust. Not to mention the evil that lurks there and seems to have eyes for her. Like I said its creepy, beautiful, mysterious and one of my most favorite books of the year!!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracet on July 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This was, very much, not what I expected. I actually started the book and put it aside, mostly because of the idea of the ghosts. I guess I just wasn't in the mood; the eerie and creepy was not what I was looking for. Fortunately, I went back to it, and the eerie did click with what I wanted; I'd have regretted missing out on this book. This isn't a horror novel, not by today's standards, of spattering blood and running zombies (they were so much easier when they just shambled), but it is indeed eerie and creepy to a very satisfying degree. There may have been one night I ... accidentally left a light on when I went to bed. Sheer coincidence, really.

As the book description says, Amelia Gray is called "The Graveyard Queen" for her work in restoring cemeteries. She grew up as the adopted daughter of a cemetery caretaker, and never knew anything but love for the place ... up till the day she saw her first ghost. Her father, dismayed at her ability because he shared it, taught her the basics of dealing with it: first and foremost, never let on that you see a ghost, because it craves the warmth a living person has, which it once had. If it sees acknowledgement it will latch on and drain the life from you - which it can't do unless it is recognized. Amelia has lived her life schooling her expression and reactions - she must be a rotten person to play a practical joke on.

After an anonymous contribution, an isolated South Carolina town called Asher Falls has hired her to work on the local cemetery - the currently used one, that is, since there once was another which - due to a greedy move by the local bigwig - now lies at the bottom of a lake.

The house in which Amelia is staying sits on the shore of that lake.
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