Paperback: 352 Pages
Series: Graveyard Queen #3
Oh, Stevens, why do you do this to me? Have I not been a huge fan of your writing? Have I not declared you one of my favorite UF writers? What did I do to deserve this? *sigh*
Weakest book in the series, this one. Even though the writing was consistent with the previous installments, just as beautiful and evocative, the plot developed at such a snail pace! It didn’t keep me as engaged as The Kingdom did and the only real surprise, for me, came at the very end of the book. A nice twist, sadly, too late.
Amelia gets tricked/blackmailed into helping Freemont. At the same time, she decides, once more, to screw the rules her father had taught her and help Shani. You might be thinking she’s doing it because we’re talking about a sweet, innocent girl-ghost who keeps asking her for help, but no! She does it because “she’s Devlin’s daughter”.
Amelia reached new levels of Devlin obsession in this book, which I didn’t think possible, honestly. Her inner dialogue and insecurities, all about and because of Devlin, made me eye-roll at least a dozen times while reading. She’s like a teenager with a crush for the bad, tormented boy. Only, she knows nothing about him! Nothing. She keeps going on and on about how much she loves him. How? How is that possible? How can you love someone, when you know nothing about them i.e. there’s nothing to love.
Oh, Devlin! Thank you! That is exactly my point.
Her decision to help Shani, and rid Devlin of his ghosts, gave her an excuse to interrogate every single character about Mariama. If I didn’t know what was going on, I would’ve though Amelia to be a stalker. Which, at least at the beginning, she kind of is.
Also, she made one stupid, inexplicable, choice after another, only to be surprised at the horrible outcome afterwards.
I did find the villain, Goodwine, interesting and dangerous, and one of the reasons I rated this book the way I did.
Many questions were answered and the ending seemed to wrap up the storyline started in book one, however I think there might be plotlines worth pursuing in a next installment. As to whether Stevens will write another one or not, I can only guess.
If she does, I will read her book with pleasure, if only she seriously changes Amelia’s character.