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The Essence

A Pledge Novel
Narrated by: Casey Holloway
Series: The Pledge, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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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.

©2013 Kimberly Derting (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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I really enjoyed it.

The first thing I noticed was the narrators voice was so different from the 1st book. Knowing they were they same people I was a bit surprised, by the end it didn't bother me anymore. I liked this story and I'm moving on to the third book. I felt it keep me entertained and I didn't find it boring. I do like the narrator and she does a pretty good job of distinguishing between voicing the different people in the book.