Review – The Offering
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  • September 27, 2013

The Offering

The final book in Kimberly Derting’s Pledge trilogy is a thrilling conclusion. I was immediately swept up into it and powered right through. It was pretty much what I wanted with a few surprises along the way.

* Spoilers for those who have not read The Pledge and The Essence *

Charlie has become the Queen of Ludania but at a high price. Her psyche was bonded with Sabara’s and she has done her best to minimize her insistant demands. After a gathering of Queens at a yearly summit goes awry Charlie is lucky to get back to Ludania intact. But someone has not made it back and thanks to a messenger from another Queendom that someone’s life is at stake. Charlie decides to offer herself in lieu of the hostage and ventures into enemy territory with two of her closest comrades in order to finalize the deal. It’s only anyone’s guess if she will see the people that she loves again.

If the second book, The Essence, is largely character development then this book is all plot. The Offering grabs you by the throat and never lets go. The slow pace of the second book was completely absent in this one. I was sucked into the action and could not put the book down until the final moment.  There’s a tension to this book that I have learned to appreciate from Derting’s writing and she pulls no punches with her storytelling.

There were one or two things that I would have changed character interaction-wise, but other than that I thought this was a fabulous ending.

4 out of 5 stars.

– BP

* The Offering releases January 7, 2014. An advanced reader copy was provided via Edelweiss by Simon and Schuster.

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