The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If The Restorer is indicative of Amanda Stevens' previous books I regret not having read her before. From the opening line to the epilogue I found her writing style extremely pleasing and all of her characters intriguing. I didn't feel overwhelmed by the supernatural aspect of the story - rather, I felt it enhanced the more literal goings on. The style in which she concluded each chapter made for a veritable page turner. I didn't want to stop reading! I was extremely impressed by the authors' knowledge of cemeteries, burial customs, and technology. The dialog was completely believable and several well delivered lines elicited chuckles from me. I encountered no lulls in the story and no excessive explanations. The plot is highly compelling and definitely eerie. I was enthralled with Amelia's narration and her plausible reactions. The character of John Devlin could easily have been overly romanticized. Indeed he was not. He was complex and captivating.
The second installment in The Graveyard Queen series, The Kingdom, is due to be released in April 2012. The third, The Prophet, in May 2012. Having just finished this amazing first in the series that seems like an excessively long time to have to wait.
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