The Offering (The Pledge #3)

The Offering (The Pledge #3)
Age Range
12+
Release Date
December 31, 2013
ISBN
9781442445628
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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.

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I can't even tell you how amazing this book was. I got the ARC from YASH this year. When I'd heard that I'd won it, I went around my house happy dancing the rest of the day! I love this series SO much and I can't believe that it's over. Seriously, I just want to go up to Kimberly Derting and say "Write more books!" Luckily, she has a book coming out this summer called The Taking! *happy dance* So yes, when The Offering comes out, read your heart out!

The main character Charlie goes through so many changed in the book. As of the end of book one, she's the queen of dystopian country Ludania. In book two, she faced hard ships from her people as well as the fellow queens of neighboring countries. The Offering takes off where The Essence left off-one of her fellow queens has declared war on Ludania. I feel like Charlie finally accepts her role of queen and leader of a whole lot of people in this book. Before, she's always lead grudgingly, but now, she's prepared to go all-out. Each of the characters had their own agenda that was very similar to all the other character's agendas. They were all trying to do the same thing, but didn't realize it. It made for a lot of near-misses that drove me insane, but in a way that kept me turning pages. Oh, and the romance between Max and Charlie is practically sizzling. It makes me smile just thinking about it. We become familiar with characters that, before, were names that were mentioned in passing.

Okay, how do I go about the rest of this providing no spoilers for the book? Well, I've already told you it was awesome and amazing and spectacular so... The book has action people! Remember how amazing book one was? Now amp that up by a million. The days of standing by in book two are over! Death, destruction, overall mayhem and chaos, it's all there! Oh, and romance! I'm pretty sure anyone that reads it will swoon for Max. Besides the action, there's also the touching family/tender moments. A character saying goodbye to a loved one, either permanently or temporarily, always breaks my heart. If you have any doubts, throw them away. I read this book right after Allegiant, which shattered my heart in two. The Offering managed to mend it right back up in only 24 hours! I've faced many disappointing series endings recently, but this is not one of them! The book is perfect, from page to shining page. This is one book that should be on everyone's to-be-read list! A total five stars!
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