I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Offering by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #3
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on 12-31-2013
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.
When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.
But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.
The Offering is the third and final book in the Pledge series. In it, the country stands on the brink of war as Charlie tries to keep peace with her neighbor and continue battling Sabara.
After really enjoying the first and second book, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it just isn’t as good. The writing style is still top-notch for me, but the plot and characterizations were disappointing. The opening book is really a shock, and it shows that the author made a bold move. And that was fine. But as the book progresses, Charlie makes a completely irrational and irresponsible decision and spends most of the book paying for it. Rather than acting like a true queen, she acts like a true idiot. In the end, things mostly work out (no thanks to her). About the only sane decision she makes it to keep Sabara trapped, but even that decision wavers in the end.
Ultimately, I found it enjoyable, but slightly disappointing. It is by no means a horrible book, it just didn’t reach it’s potential. I’m not at all disappointed with how it ended, but rather how it got there. It is still well worth reading to see how everything turned out.