Waiting on Wednesday: The Essence

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where she spotlights upcoming releases.

This week I am waiting on. . . 

The Essence
(The Pledge #2)
By: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: January 1, 2013

I always look forward to the release of a book by Kimberly Derting, and The Essence is no different. The Pledge was a great opener to her newest series, and it set up some really interesting characters that I am eager to read more about. 

“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.


  1. I still haven't read The Pledge, but it's been on my to-read list for months now. I hope I read it before The Essence is released.
    Great pick!

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  2. I love the covers in this series. Sadly i haven't read The Pledged (and talking about it reminds me i have to) but great pick, anyway. :)

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    Sangita @ Whisper of Reads.

  3. This is a new author for me, but I'm digging the cover, and the book sounds really good. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  4. I haven't read this series yet, but I love Kimberly Derting. Great pick, Jen!

  5. I think I have another book I need to add to my TBR list!!! Thanks for spotlighting it and Happy Halloween!! Please check out my WoW!

  6. Oh you girls need to pick up The Pledge!! :D

    1. I have it on my ipad, but haven't had time to read it yet.

  7. I still haven't read The Pledge, but I need to soon because this ones coming out!

    Great pick! My WoW

  8. I haven't read The Pledge but I would love to give it a try and then this one too. The Essence does sound very interesting. Great pick!
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