- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Margaret K. McElderry Books (1. Januar 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9781442445598
- ISBN-13: 978-1442445598
- ASIN: 1442445599
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- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
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The Essence: A Pledge Novel (The Pledge Trilogy) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Januar 2013
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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."
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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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First of all, the whole Sabara living inside of Charlie thing is very creepy. I felt so bad for Charlie. I can't imagine trying to hide a separate personality that can control you WHILE ALSO BEING QUEEN! Especially for a country that has been neglected from the tyrant that resides inside herself! But Charlie does try very hard for her country. She mentions to herself multiple times that she wishes she wasn't the queen, but at the same time, she loves her country and realizes there is no one else who can do this job.
Most of the story takes place while on the road to a Summit of all the queens, and at the Summit itself. During this journey, Charlie learns what politics is really about, and a lot more about her people. She promises them and herself that she will make things better. But someone is trying to sabotage her and get her killed within her own entourage, and Sabara is trying to assert her own agenda.
I liked how we learned a lot more about the world in this book. I really like Derting's world building. It feels like a cross between a dystopian and a fantasy, which is great. I also liked how we learned a lot of Sabara's backstory. I really missed seeing Max. He wasn't in about half of the book!
Things turn very dark for Charlie by the end, and I really feel the third book in this series will be epic! I can't wait!
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!
Charlie hasn't adjusted at all to being the Queen. Not only does it feel strange for people to refer to her as "your Majesty", but everything about being the queen is difficult, even the table manners. When she defeated Sabara, she didn't expect all that embodies royalty to become her future, but then again, she didn't expect Sabara's essence to attach itself to Charlie's psyche either. While Charlie is trying to exact great change to the country she loves, Sabara is inside her trying harder and harder to gain control over Charlie's body and do what she has done for generations: rule Ludania.
The war inside Charlie's head isn't the only one being waged. The people of her own country are turning against her and the queens of surrounding nations don't trust her. Charlie believes in what she is doing, abolishing the caste system and trying to instill equality among her people, but the people are fighting back. Even the simple act of opening a new school has become a battle field for Charlie and everyone in her wake, innocent or not. She can't control what is going on inside her head, but she won't stop trying to help the people of Ludania.
The fact that the wars in this book are being fought on a global and on a mental scale made the story all the more intriguing. Charlie is a tough girl, but having someone inside your head, someone you didn't hesitate to kill, can't be easy. Imagine the realization that every time you let your guard down, a piece of yourself takes over and you can't stop it? It must be maddening! So the Charlie you remembered form the first book is still there, but she is being consumed by the war being waged inside her head. I really liked this angle, especially when Charlie starts to see more and more of Sabara's memories. It brought a whole new level of sophistication to the story and it kept me from putting the book down.
I think this story has a tiny bit of the sophomore stall because it really needed to take the time to transition Charlie from wayward rebel to unrefined queen. That 180 took some time, but Derting was great at making the transition while still moving the story forward. In all, I barely noticed the stall, but it was there. What I didn't get enough of with this story was more of our supporting characters like Angelina and Max and Xander. We got a lot of Brook, who I love, but I want more from everyone! They are such great characters that you want them to pull out into the spotlight so you can enjoy it. On a whole, however, I loved this book, love this series, and can't wait for the next installment!