Apr 5, 2012

Book Review: The Kingdom

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 discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

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I remember reading the Gothic romances when I was younger and always loved them.  Unfortunately that genre has pretty much died.  THE KINGDOM has that gothic feel to it that I have always been drawn too.  And the heroine definitely needs rescued a lot similar to the heroines of the past.  Oh and there are definite romantic overtones to the story.

This is a book that I would recommend.  The pacing is spot on with a growing eeriness and tension that grows throughout the book.  And her characters are ones that stand out and will stay with a person long after the book is finished.  I know that the series follows Amelia but I would love to see a spin off featuring some of the unique folks that you meet in Asher Falls.

I have always been pretty anal about starting a series in the beginning however lately I have stumbled onto some great series a bit into them.  THE KINGDOM is actually the second book the Graveyard Queen series and while I plan on picking up the first book it’s not because I feel as though I am missing anything.  Instead it is because I really like Amelia’s character and the gothic tone of the book.

I rate this book a 4.2.

***I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest interview.  No monies have or will exchange hands.


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