The Offering – Kimberly Derting

The OfferingTitle: The Offering
Series: The Pledge, #3
Author: Kimberly Derting
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Released: January 7, 2014
Source: bought a copy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Reading all three books from The Pledge series in one week had been an awesome experience!

At first, I was a bit hesitant to start reading this series.  You see, I was never a dystopian fan.  And when I knew there were scenes with gallows and rifles, I wondered if the books were just a rehash of some of the plots that I’ve read in other series.  What differed here was that I was very much surprised by all the emotions that the characters were able to bring out of me – I could still recall from book one when the villain was first introduced – I knew, with immediate and absolute certainty, that I’d hate her.  I. WANTED. HER. DEAD.  And that in itself was powerful, as I was usually not in the mood to feel bothered enough to hate any fictional character in my life.

In The Offering ,  Charlie was forced to leave all her loved ones behind to face her ultimate challenge.  If she won, she’d feel free and well; but if she lost, she’d not only lose her life but also put her queendom in great peril.  Was the risk worthwhile?

It was nail-biting to watch Charlie fight for her life!  I was tempted (several times) to skip ahead and read the epilogue just to see if she might have survived after all the things that she had to go through and I was glad that I managed to rein in and focus on the book one chapter at a time.  I guess from reading the book summary you all know Charlie was threatened.  Despite knowing she was walking into a trap, Charlie understood very well that she had no other option but to confront her worst and darkest moment.  Her determination was inspirational and I really liked the transformation that she went through in this series.  Even though she wasn’t physically strong, she managed to do so many good things that uplifted and amazed everyone.  And when she fell limp facing her archenemy, I sniffled (and then tumbled and almost planted myself face down on the floor as my box of Kleenex was a few inches away from my reach).

One thing that I particularly loved about this series was how the beliefs honored by each of the characters shaped the action that happened.  If the Queen of Astonia valued similar beliefs as Charlie did, she wouldn’t hold people hostage and attempt the unthinkable.  If Charlie didn’t value human lives, she wouldn’t make her own sacrifice and try her best to avoid wars.  I liked that there was a sense of realism in the characters – I felt as though I were living and breathing alongside with the characters – and perhaps that’s the reason why this series was able to bring out so much emotions from me.

Needless to say I was so thrilled that I carved out time in my schedule to read the entire series this week!  If you’ve read this series, may I ask if you might have enjoyed it?  And if you haven’t read the books yet, I wonder if you’d be adding this series to your read list.  Would you let me know?


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  1. Wow, I’m glad to hear that the whole series was awesome and that you enjoyed it! I haven’t read this series yet, so good to hear the recommendation. Thanks for the lovely review.
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  2. I am so glad that you loved this. It is a good series, I need to read this one. 🙂 I am looking forward to it too. Wonderful review.
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  3. It’s great that you had reservations about this series and ended up loving it anyway! Now I definitely want to give it a shot, sounds like it had you on the edge of your seat!
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  4. Wonderful review. I’ve had the first book a while now but haven’t started it because of a reason similar to yours: elements can be of the same in most dystopian books. After reading this review though, I think i’ll give The Pledge a go asap!!
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  5. I’ve started this series but I need to catch up, and I’m having a hard time remembering what happened. But I do remember loving Charlie. I’m thrilled to hear this series has a strong ending! I’m glad the characters were realistic enough to really affect your emotions—that’s hard for an author to do, and always awesome when it happens. Lovely review, you have me excited to get back into this series!

  6. I wasn’t a fan of her Body Finder series but a lot of people seem to like this series much more! Great review Henrietta! <33
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  7. I still need to read the 2nd but will soon!
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  8. I’ve read, and enjoyed, Derting’s ‘The Body Finder’ series, but I had no idea she had another series out! As a huge dystopian fan, coupled with your review, I’m so excited to read The Pledge books; I’ll definitely be adding these to my list.

  9. Ooh, that must have been a great experience reading all books in a week! It’s always horrible waiting for the next book to come out. The thing that stood out to me about this trilogy was the characters. Like you said even though the mc wasn’t physically strong, she was still strong in other ways, and I just loved her kindness.
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  10. It’s wonderful to read a series all at once and I’m happy to hear this one pleased you so much, Henrietta! Great review! 🙂
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  11. Awesome, glad to hear you were emotionally invested in this book, that’s a sign of a good series 🙂 I like the follow through of the characters and their beliefs here. Thanks for sharing, Henrietta!
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  12. I’m really happy that you loved this one and that it wasn’t just another typical dystopian novel. Characters that really make you feel something and ones that you can invest yourself into are always worth it, and villains that make you want to strangle someone are so entertaining. And I also know what you mean about wanting to just skip to the ending of a book to see what happens to the characters because the plot is just that tense and high-strung. Fantastic review, Henrietta! <33
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