Derting, Kimberly The Essence (Pledge #2), $17. Simon and Schuster, JANUARY 2013. Content: G.
Charlaina, Charlie, has taken the throne Ludania, but no one around her knows that she carries a heavy burden. The ancient, evil queen has managed to insert her memories and her will into Charlie – and sometimes Charlie can barely maintain control. Some of the former nobles resent the removal of the language barriers and want to take down the new queen. When Charlie is invited to a meeting of Queens, she realizes that someone close to her is a traitor – and only Queen Sabara, the voice within her, may be able to help her survive.
I could have never predicted the direction Derting has taken this story. Emotionally, I didn’t connect with the outside action as much as I did the first, but I did enjoy the interplay between Charlie and Sabara. I am hoping that the next volume is a satisfying combination of the two parts.
MS, HS - ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher