Title: The Offering
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge, #3
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian/Fantasy
Publication Information: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013
Age Recommendation: Middle School & High School
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.
(Summary from Goodreads.)
Unfortunately, I was as disappointed by this installment in the Pledge trilogy as I was by the previous one. While there were some things I enjoyed about The Offering, it mostly left me feeling convinced that this didn’t need to be a trilogy.
One thing I enjoyed was seeing more of Ludania, because it gave us an appreciation for just how despotic Sabara was. It was also nice seeing Charlie try to interact with the other countries, because we got to see just how much Sabara had isolated Ludania. It’s still unclear, though, how most of the countries of our world decided to give women all the power, although the fact that this is hard to believe probably says more about the society we live in than about the book itself.
Charlie feels increasingly isolated in this book. She talks about this isolation a lot, but we don’t really get to see it as much as we could, and it isn’t really developed from the others’ points of view, either. The character relationships were something that fell flat for me in these last two books. I understand Charlie drifting from her old friends with her new duties, but what about the new relationships in her life? Some of those could’ve been developed better.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Pledge. The sequels, though, might be something to tread more carefully around.
Rating: 3/5 Stars