[ARC Review] The Offering by Kimberly Derting

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Title: The Offering
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #3
Genre: Dystopian Adventure
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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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.

This series has been one of my favourites since I discovered The Pledge over a year ago, this series was my first by Kimberly Derting and let me tell you...she has quickly become one of my fav authors ever. Her ability to create a world so different from our own, yet so similar is amazing. And The Offering is the third and final book in The Pledge series, and boy did it deliver.

I am going to try and make this review as spoiler free as possible, but since there have been two books already published, there might be some things I say that might ruin those two books. So you have been warned!

The Offering begins with Xander and Nico have gone to Astonia to negotiate peace, but like any negotiations, things do not go as planned and the Queen of Astonia goes something that will set the course for the rest of the novel.

Charlie is one of my favorite characters in the dystopian genre because she is everything you want in a character and a female hero. She loves like no other, but she is also strong headed to the point that she makes rash decisions, which is what she does in The Offering. And that decision leads to horrible consequences and death. I have to say that there is death in this book, some new characters and some favored ones as well. I know that Kimberly Derting did this on purpose to show the effects of war of any kind, but it was still sad for me to read. I have been with these characters since the beginning and I sometimes feel like I know them, so death is always hard, but necessary in this case.

Love interests are always a good thing in YA, I adore a good love story and this series has one that is amazing. The reason I think it is amazing is because it is not the centre of attention. You see glimpses of it here or there, stolen moments for both characters and that is what I loved because it seemed so real. Of course the Queen has other obligations than kissing and making lovey eyes at a boy. Especially when that boy had duties of his own. It just seemed real and genuine.

The Offering was the perfect ending to this series, it had closure, loss and great character growth. I cannot wait to see what Kimberly does next because you know that I will pick up anything she writes from now on :)

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