Friday, April 20, 2012
59) The Prophet by Amanda Stevens
My name is Amelia Gray.
I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I've broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.
In order to protect myself, I've vowed to return to those rules. But the ghost of a murdered cop needs my help to find his killer. The clues lead me to the dark side of Charleston—where witchcraft, root doctors and black magic still flourish—and back to John Devlin, a haunted police detective I should only love from afar.Now I'm faced with a terrible choice: follow the rules or follow my heart.
My Review :
When I came across this series last year, I knew it was going to be good! Just didn't realise how spooky and thrilling it would get along the way! The Prophet is the third book in the Graveyard Queen series and takes place a few weeks after book two, The Kingdom. Although after the small cliffhanger ending to the previous book I expected things to take off straight from where we left off. However it seems that Amelia was procrastinating a little.
The plot is very complicated this time around and sometimes I found it difficult to keep up with who was who. After her trip to Asher Falls I had forgotten about some of the characters that had been introduced in book one, The Restorer. Luckily Amelia does her best to keep the reader on track and managed to remind me about everyone. There are even some interesting new characters that I hope will appear in the next books. The sisters definitely have more to share with us.
There are a lot more surprises in store for Amelia in this book and of course for the reader. The ending left me wondering how things will continue for Amelia and Devlin. Could they finally get together and be happy? Their relationship makes for a nice side line to the weird magical and paranormal goings on in Amelia's life. She is a very strong woman and I admire her ability to keep her emotions in check.
However I felt Amelia had shut herself off too much from her previous adventure. So much happened when she went off to Asher Falls and this time around she hardly thinks about. Yes, this mystery surrounding Devlin is obviously taking up her time but I can't believe that she wouldn't rehash it a bit more. Maybe visit her family and talk about it. After all she finally got a lot of her questions answered in the last book. I wonder if it will actually become an actual topic again in the series or will be gone and forgotten?
If you like mysteries and are not against a few ghosts then this is a series you should try. Amelia's occupation is a fascinating topic and the author has really outdone herself in her research about a job I didn't even think existed. Be sure this isn't a cozy mystery. This one is not funny and isn't supposed to be. Seriously supernatural, spooky and super. The Prophet, for me, wasn't the best of the three books so far but it was still hauntingly good!
*** Amanda Stevens is my author guest this week! Read the interview and enter the contest! ***