Series: The Pledge
1. The Pledge
2. The Essence
3. The Offering
“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.
I really liked the first book in this series because the idea that was presented was very refreshing and entertaining. However, this second installment was a major let down. I was hoping to get back into the action, romance, and excitement when I started to read this book. However, that is not what I got.
This time around the characters lacked depth and creativity. I wanted to see more of the fierce Charlie that I met in the first book because I liked her determination. Instead in this book she was self doubting and kind of boring to interact with. The plot was boring as well. I was looking forward to the action packed fighting scenes that I read in the first book, but there wasn't that much depth this time around. I think the author could have explained a little more about the powers between the queen and Charlie because some of the situations didn't really make any sense.
Overall, this book was a disappointment for me and I honestly don't think I will be continuing with this series. Although I really liked the idea of this book and the romance was sweet, I just can muster up any interest to continue reading the final book.