Releases and Recommendations: The Essence by Kimberly Derting

It’s Tuesday! The magnificent day books are released to the world. This week I’m anticipating the release of The Essence by Kimberly Derting, the much anticipated sequel to The Pledge (Review HERE). It comes out on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. (Happy New Year’s to ME!)

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.

I’m hoping this book makes up for the weird ending of The Pledge. I’m excited to see how Derting uses Charlie’s language skills to better (or perhaps worsen) the kingdom. However, I’m most excited about seeing some more Max. 🙂

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