Blog Tour: The Essence by Kimberly Derting Blurb, Author Spotlight and Giveaway


Thank you to Shane @ Itching for Books for hosting this blog tour!



The Essence

Kimberly Derting

Publication Date:
January 1, 2013

Margaret K. McElderry

Hardcover, 352 pages


“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.

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Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy…a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.


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  1. Leanna

    January 9, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I’ve read Kimberly Derting’s other books and loved them, hearing that she has another series is definitely music to my ears. Whether or not I win, I’ll be reading “The Essence” in the (hopefully near) future :] Thank you

  2. Shane @ Itching for Books

    January 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for participating!

  3. Lona Stringer

    January 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Love the cover, looking forward to reading it. Thx for the giveaway.

  4. Molli

    January 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I’m super curious about this one. I enjoyed the first novel, and I’m anxious to see where Derting takes these characters!

  5. Tia

    January 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I am so excited to read this. I loved The Pledge. Thanks so much for the preview.

  6. Jaime Lester

    January 17, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I can’t wait for this book. Really, I can’t I loved The Pledge. I really hope that this book is as good, even better, than the first book. Thanks for the giveaway! Too bad I wasn’t the lucky winner, but congrats to the one that won!

  7. leighmarbella

    January 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I’m reading The Pledge right now. Still in the first few chapters so I can’t really say if it’s good or bad at this point. So far, The Pledge is okay. I might just end up reading this anyway since I usually like to finish a series once I start them.

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