In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….
Charlie lives in the violent country of Ludania, where people are classed by the language they speak.The rules are strict, so strict that if you are caught looking at someone in a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native language, it’s execution time for you. This rule seems like an easy one to follow except Charlie can understand every language, not just her own.
Did I mention the big nasty Queen? Yes, there is one. Think Evil Queen but ten times worse and she has the ability to literally take your soul and become you. In fact, she’s been alive for about three hundred years and she’s looking for an heir.
When Charlie meet Max at an underground club, she’s instantly drawn to his mysterious ways. Max continues to seek Charlie out but she knows he is above her class, so she tries to save her own life by staying far away from him. This plan works until there is an attack on her town and Charlie must save herself and her sister with the aide of Max.
Max quickly becomes the hero until his identity if revealed leaving Charlie with a very hard question, does she trust him enough to protect her life? However, Max isn’t the only one after Charlie’s attention, Xander wants her on his side. As the leader of the resistance, Charlie is important to him.
With Charlie in the middle between good and evil, THE PLEDGE will have you begging for more. From the demented Queen and abstract society created by Derting, to the eye opening experiences of Charlie, you won’t want to put THE PLEDGE down.