Expected Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Mira
Author’s Website: amandastevens.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Graveyard Queen
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Steamy

Official Blurb:

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.

What Worked For Me:

  • Devlin. Oh Devlin. *sigh* I adore John, and I was so happy to have him back as a major character in this novel.   Haunted by his past (literally), John can’t let go of his guilt in regards to the death of his wife and his precious daughter.  Complicating matters is his estranged relationship with Amelia, a murder that Devlin might be under suspicion for, and complicated dealings with the arcane.
  • As always, Amelia is my favorite character in the series.  She has some very tough decisions to make in this book, each with the potential for serious consequences, and while we get a little more insight into her powers, there’s still plenty left unknown for future novels, without leaving the reader feel as though the story were incomplete.
  • That ending was incredible! *whew* I’m fairly certain I was holding my breath for almost the entire climax of the story, and some of the twists were absolutely fantastic.
  • While not everything is sunshine and roses for Amelia and Devlin, I was left with a much more optimistic feeling in general at the end of this story than I had been with the two previous novels.
  • One thing I really appreciated about this novel is that the romance was much stronger than it had been in previous novels. Sure, Amelia had a “love interest” of sorts in the other books, but there was never really any sense of anything really progressing on that end.  The Prophet, however, finally has Devlin opening up and Amelia making some very difficult choices in order to really advance their relationship.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • If anything, I think my one complaint would be that The Prophet wasn’t as creepy as The Kingdom was.  Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of ghosts and danger and surprising twists and arcane weirdness. There just wasn’t quite as much of a “spookiness” in New Orleans as there was in Asher Falls, no matter how many ghosts and terrifying witch doctors Amelia may run into.

While I do feel that the Graveyard Queen series is best read in order, I’m not sure how much of that stems from my immense enjoyment of the series and how much of it is really the feeling that new readers wouldn’t quite “get” it. While old fans of the series will relish the plotline deeply involving not only John but also both his ghosts and his history, I do think newcomers will be able to easily follow along, though of course they won’t get the benefit of having witnessed the developments in both John and Amelia’s lives.

As a very solid member of Team Devlin, this book absolutely thrilled me. Not only was there the same arcane mystery, complete with plenty of twits and red herrings, as I’ve come to love from this series, but Devlin played an enormous part in the story — possibly even moreso than in The Restorer if that’s possible.

The final chapters of this book left me breathless, and I’m anxiously awaiting future installments in the Graveyard Queen Series.

A very solid 5/5 Stars.

Graveyard Queen Reading Order: