Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by MIRA
Released on April 24, 2012
A cemetery restorer who sees and is haunted by ghosts who happens to be in love with a brooding, haunted man. Yep, I just had to press forward with this series and continue with Amelia’s chilling adventures with ghosts and romance.
The Prophet is book three in the Graveyard Queen series and these must be read in order as they all connect in one ongoing story.
After the harrowing adventure in Asher Falls and Devlin’s cryptic message, Amelia is now back in Charleston and trying to recover. She is soon confronted by two ghosts who are haunting her because they need her to bring closure in their own ways. Of course, Devlin is part of this since one is the ghost of his dead daughter and the other his dead detective partner. Amelia is hopelessly in love with Devlin, but nothing has changed in that he is still haunted by his dead wife and daughter and being together might bring danger from the spirit realm. But, now, if she is to get Shani and Robert what they need so they’ll move on, she has to investigate Robert’s unsolved murder and find Shani. Things get complicated by a sultry beauty of a palmist that is possibly more than a friend of Devlin’s and a man powerful in root magic who may try to use her to get to Devlin. And, Devlin? He is still attracted, but doesn’t understand her struggle or why she runs from him and a relationship. Neither does Amelia at this point when the danger is worth anything.
So, I dove back into the atmospheric and sometimes chilling world of Amelia Gray, graveyard restorer and one who can see and interact with ghosts. But, there is a danger for her in this ability as the ghosts can feed on the living to stay in the live realm and other more powerful shadow creatures lurk on the other side of the veil waiting for an opportunity for her to open a gateway into her world. All is precarious as she discovered more about herself in the last book, but has much unknown and untapped power. I loved the tension of her confrontation with the man steeped in African magic and myth who has reputation and ability ranged against her.
And, the mystery element… oh yes, quite well done. It carried over from the first book where it was mentioned, but was a side plot which now came to the fore. Amelia must solve a murder which is very much tangled up in Devlin’s past and makes her wonder just how he is tangled.
So much going on and kept me flipping pages. Amelia herself can be something of a beta heroine. She’s not exactly kick-butt and she can waver to and fro especially in the romance part, but she isn’t stupid and she’s an engaging character who can still stand among the stronger, more colorful characters around her.
I can’t wait to see what comes next and can heartily recommend this series full of atmosphere and ghosts in a Southern Gothic-style.
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