Saturday 24 March 2012

The Prophet (Graveyard Queen # 3) by Amanda Stevens - Book Review

Title: The Prophet (Graveyard Queen # 3)
Author: Amanda Stevens
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: 24th April 2012
Pages: 400
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Paranormal
Source: ARC from NetGalley

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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I enjoyed this book and I was keen to see what would happen next after the events of The Kingdom, but this third instalment didn't quite have the same impact for me as the first two books in the series. This was still a well told story, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat as I had been with the previous two.

Amelia has been a great character throughout the series and it's been fun to follow her journey. Devlin was back this time too and I enjoyed much of their interaction. I also like the definite sense of place that came through in this book. 

I think one of the things that left me a bit puzzled with this story was the ending. I had been under the impression that this was the last book in what was to be a trilogy and certainly many of the elements started in the first book were wrapped up by the last page. But right at the end a new question was raised and that was left hanging, possible offering enough for a fourth book. Now, if a fourth book came out, I'd read it, but I did feel a little let down since I'd been expecting a clean ending. 

That, plus the slight dip in intensity, made this book a four star, rather than a five like the other two, but overall I would rate this series at five stars as it was really original and fresh, with great characters and atmospheric description and setting.

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