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.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2013 by Margaret K. McElderryPre-Order here.
I am dying to read this book. The Essence is going to be AMAZING! I loved The Pledge so much. Been over a year since I read it. But will re-read it right before reading this sequel :) Sigh. I am so excited for it. <3 But the summary worries me.. Please, please, please Kimberly.. Please don't add a love triangle. It is the only thing I ask of you. I can handle Charlie and Max being apart. Just no stupid love triangle. Pretty please? :D Anyway. So excited for this book. Want it right away. <3 Anyone want to share? :D Can't believe it's been so many months since I blogged about the cover reveal for this book. MARCH! Gah. That is forever ago. Sigh. I want this book. I really, really do.
What are you waiting for?