The Essence (Pledge Trilogy Series #2)

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“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

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Overview

“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist Online
"Defeating evil queen Sabara at the conclusion of The Pledge (2011) was only the beginning for Charlie, now Queen Charlaina of Ludania. Derting’s follow-up casts Charlie in an untenable circumstance that only her inner strength can defeat."
Booklist Online
"Defeating evil queen Sabara at the conclusion of The Pledge (2011) was only the beginning for Charlie, now Queen Charlaina of Ludania. Derting’s follow-up casts Charlie in an untenable circumstance that only her inner strength can defeat."
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"Readers who enjoyed the first book... will love following Charlaina’s growth from a vendor girl to a queen...[This book] will intrigue readers with a taste for dramatic dystopian romance."

"Defeating evil queen Sabara at the conclusion of The Pledge (2011) was only the beginning for Charlie, now Queen Charlaina of Ludania. Derting’s follow-up casts Charlie in an untenable circumstance that only her inner strength can defeat."

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Charlaina Hart, 17, is now the unlikely queen of Ludania, but the former evil queen Sabara is not gone. Her spirit, or essence, resides within Charlie. The new queen, while inexperienced and uncomfortable in her role, has been able to make some sweeping changes across the country, including eliminating the class system and uniting the land with one language. She still has much to learn and sets off to a conference where she will meet the queens of the surrounding nations. There, Sabara makes her sinister presence more and more clear. Her desires for immortal Niko cloud Charlie's feelings for Sabara's grandson, Max, creating a strange and extraneous kind of love triangle. Max, her love interest in The Pledge (S & S, 2011), gets little page space, except as a foil for Charlie/Sabara's feelings for Niko. While the majority of the story is told from Charlie's perspective, intermittent point-of-view changes make the narrative choppy. This, combined with an undeterminable setting and too many supernatural/fantasy elements thrown together, results in a book with no real sense of direction. Purchase where the first book has a following.—Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442445604
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Pledge Trilogy Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 103,369
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of The Pledge series and the Body Finder series. She lives in Washington State. Visit her at KimberlyDerting.com.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!! KIMBERLY DERTING IS A GENIUS!!!!!!!!!

    CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!! KIMBERLY DERTING IS A GENIUS!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    4.5 Stars! 'The Essence' is the second book in the young adult

    4.5 Stars!

    'The Essence' is the second book in the young adult dystopian/fantasy Pledge series. It continues to follow our heroine Charlie, who has now taken over as the new queen of Ludania and is attempting to make things right in her country. Along with making formal appearances to her people, Charlie must attend a summit with all the queens of nearby countries to barter for resources and trade. But there are secrets that Charlie is hiding - most importantly that Queen Sabara's Essence still resides inside of her and is gaining strength daily. On top of everything else, Charlie's life is put in serious danger as they discover a traitor is amongst them and is intent on assassinating the new queen.

    'The Essence' picks up nicely where the first book in the series left off. We see Charlie adjusting to her new role of queen, although it's obvious she's having some troubles. Her character is very vulnerable and flawed, which helps to endear her to the reader and makes it easy to relate to her and her struggles. We also get to see a lot of character growth and maturity happen with Charlie throughout this novel. The other characters from the first book are back and we definitely see changes and growth in them as well. The romance between Charlie and Max is just as steamy and swoon-worthy, although it's a bit deeper and more complicated in this book. Confusing things even more is the entrance of another man in Charlie's life, who effectively makes a weird love triangle and complicates things further. The plot is just as action filled and fast paced as the first book, with tons of adventure and mystery thrown in as Charlie and her friends and family try to stay safe and figure out who is trying to kill Charlie. The writing was very well done and the descriptions made me feel like I was right there with the characters. Parts of the book didn't seem to fit right, but I can't seem to put my finger on what it was that bugged me about it. It just didn't seem to flow as well as the first book in some places - but that was easily overlooked with all the other great things happening. Overall, this is a great second book in the series and I can't wait to read the next installment to see what will happen next!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

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    This is one of those time that maybe it was too long since I re

    This is one of those time that maybe it was too long since I read the last book in the series. It's not the the events were unfamiliar. It's more than the story seems different that how I remember the first book being.

    I was indifferent to Charlie and her struggles as a new queen. It seems the book glossed over some of the parts that might have made us better understand her. She's put all these new policies into place, but I was surprised to read how much some of her people are unhappy with her changes. I wasn't really expecting her to all of a sudden be the most popular Queen. But, she doesn't seem to have a very strong hold of her kingdom. I didn't ever even really get a feel that she was ruling in her right.

    The book picked up the pace a little when Charlie makes it to the summit. But, this seems to be a party not a place for alliances to be made and broken. There's a lot of talk on the proper way to greet each Queen and what everyone is wearing. I found it kind of exhausting.

    But, there's always something that sets you up to read the next book. First, Sabara is still hanging on to Charlie. And interestingly enough, she's not happy with a backseat role. There's a couple instances were Charlie loses control and its Sabara pulling the strings. Plus, there's a traitor in their mists, and that person may or may not be working for someone Charlie considers a friend.

    Sadly, this book has that dreaded second book problem. It's necessary to the storyline or you won't understand what happens next. But, in the end it's likely to be my least favorite book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    In the sequel to The Pledge, we find the newly queened Charlie s

    In the sequel to The Pledge, we find the newly queened Charlie still struggling with the soul of her predecessor. She can't shake her, dreaming of the old queen's past life. And this is just the smallest of her problems, it seems at first.

    Citizens are rising against her rule and the changes she is so determined to make. The Queens of all other nations expect her at a summit where she will no nothing of politic and protocol, she is expected to learn things she has no desire to and quell things she has every desire to keep. Her life is not what it was and she must forge a new one for herself with or without the Essence buried inside her.

    All the aspects that I loved in The Pledge return full force in The Essence. The world is wonderfully fantastical and as the story moved outside of Ludania it became more so. There is a glamor to this part of the story where The Pledge was grittier. I loved the drama of it.

    There is the introduction of a handful of new characters, many I adored and hope to learn more of in round three. It is so hard to know who can be trusted in this epic tale of murder and betrayal that I constantly found myself debating every word spoken by some of these newcomers.

    It's one of these newcomers that will bring the presence of the old queen to the forefront of Charlie's problems. What he and Sabara will kindle inside of Charlie is a power and longing that will change everything in her world including her carefully protected and most needed relationships.

    The twists and turns and action of The Essence I found more enjoyable than in the Pledge, which seemed to move at a slower pace. However, one of the things I adored in the first book was hardly present in this one. Max. Max has a much smaller role and I missed him. But I am a bit of a sap for a good love story. Don't misunderstand, there is still a love story. Two rather, but it isn't Max and Charlies that takes the center stage here. Though I found each of them endearing in their own right, I craved more of what had already developed.

    For that I say, "kudos, Ms. Derting". For I will anxiously be counting the days for more of these characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Love it

    They just keep getting better. Cant wait to read the next

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    I enjoyed the first book and read through it with great ease. I

    I enjoyed the first book and read through it with great ease. I looked forward to "The Essence" and when I began to read I was slightly disappointed. The beginning was slow and I had an issue forcing myself through it. Although I do recommend that you push through because overall it was a fantastic read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Ick

    I'm giving up on this book. I've been reading it for 2weeks, and every time I pick it up I end up frustrated. I don't think I'll be finishing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Hey anonymous.

    You should get this book because have you seen the reviews 1 and 2? The book is amazing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    i am reading the 1st book and it is going might get this books

    i am reading the 1st book and it is going might get this books

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Yay

    ASDFGHJKL ITS FINALLY HERE!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Anonymous

    I don't know if I should get this or not. :(

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