Review: The Prophet by Amanda Stevens

Posted August 10, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: The Prophet by Amanda Stevens
The Prophet

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Series: The Graveyard Queen #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by MIRA
Released on April 24, 2012
Pages: 347
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight:

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.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #65
Romance-0poly #46 Leather Lane (UF)
COYER #38 cover with nothing living


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Jenea's Book Obsession

I like the sounds of the mystery! Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I took a while to get to this series, but it sure is fab. Thanks, Jenea!

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. I haven’t read this series yet but the cover is great. Sounds like an interesting book.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Definitely, Mary! I love the atmospheric feeling and the ghostly mysteries.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I had issues with this series because of the romance, but who knows, maybe I’d feel different about it now. I did like the atmosphere and setting, though. Maybe someday I’ll go back and finish the series. I think I stopped with this book. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

The romance is my least favorite part, too. But I love the rest. Maybe you’ll be able to get to it again after a break.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Mmmm i usually prefer kick-ass heroes in my ufs. Buuuuut this does sound pretty good

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yeah, she’s not that, but the story as a whole is great. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like a fun and fast-paced paranormal gothic mystery! The setting and characters sound awesome. Great Review! Thanks for sharing Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes! I am having a good time with these haunted mysteries, Lindy. 🙂

Angie Elle
2 years ago

This series sparked my interest a while ago – I have the first on audio but have yet to listen to it. But man…you saying gothic makes me want to bump it right up. I LOVE anything with a gothic feel!

Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Yep! You will probably want to start them for your Halloween reads, Angie. That gothic-vibe is sticking with these even into the third book. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
2 years ago

ooh I definitely need to add this one to my list. I actually love beta heroines quite a bit. I relate with them more.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

These are great spooky reads and yes, it is cool that she’s not the usual paranormal heroine, but still gets it done. 🙂

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I love an urban fantasy with mystery, and I like how the mystery in this one carries out from the first book. This sounds like a fantastic series! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

So far so good, Crystal. 🙂

2 years ago

I’ve been eying this series for a while. Not sure I want a wishy-washy heroine. Good review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Bea

Maybe try it at the library. I like the books over all and even the heroine, surprisingly. 🙂