The Offering: A Pledge Novel [NOOK Book]


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,...
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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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In the conclusion of the Pledge trilogy, Charlaina, usually called Charlie, has become queen of Ludania, but she can't escape the essence of the evil Sabara, which still lurks within her. Although she's determined to avoid a war with Queen Elena of Astonia, Charlie can't resist Elena's secret offer to rid her of Sabara's essence. She teams up with elite guard Eden and best friend Brooklynn to sneak out of the Capitol and trek to Astonia in disguise. She also hopes to rescue Xander, Eden's heartthrob and Max's brother, whom Elena captured and whose severed hand she sent to Charlie. Charlie also carries on her romance with Max, delivered with all the conventions of the genre, including sentence fragments and pages-long clinchés. The plot's suspense plays itself out effectively against the story's mix of medieval and modern elements. Charlie's characterization is not so successful, particularly when contrasted against such nifty secondary figures as Caspar, the sly young leader of a group of rogue children. Charlie herself suffers from nearly constant insecurity punctuated by momentary episodes of badass strength. These occur so seldom that the weakness wins, making Charlie seem more victim than heroine and prompting the author to resort to deus ex machina in the climactic scene. Entertaining, but not up to Derting's usual standards. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442445642
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Pledge Trilogy Series , #3
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 31,107
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Kimberly Derting
Kimberly Derting is the author of The Pledge series and the Body Finder series. She lives in Washington State. Visit her at
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Great book

    Very exciting series read all 3 in a 3 day period couldn't put them down ... only wish their was a fourth one

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

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    I realized part way through this book that my issue with the se

    I realized part way through this book that my issue with the second book (and part of this one) was the story ended up being about something different than I had hoped. The aspects of the story that I really enjoyed in the first book are not longer important. Once I tabled that, I was able to enjoy this book a whole lot more.

    Charlie makes an interesting Queen. She tends to think with her heart more than with her head. Not entirely a bad characteristic, but it makes her make decisions in the heat of the moment. I'm not sure what she hoped to accomplish by sneaking off in the middle of the night and walking into enemy territory. She should know that enemies rarely hold up their end of the bargain. But, I admired her for trying. She never gives up.

    I liked that she's turned into more the Queen I had hoped she would be. She has more training under her belt and can old her own in situations that test her limits. But, she's also recognizing who she is and what she needs to do. Even in the end, when she thought Sabara was going to win, she was willing to give up herself if it might change the tides.

    I liked how the cast of characters rounded this book out. All of them were willing to go the distance for Queen Charlie. I know it's their duty, but there were a number of times that it was evident that they believed in what she was trying to do. They would all die in attempt to save their kingdom.

    It was a satisfying ending to a trilogy that ended up being about something entirely different that I expected. But, that was ok. I'm looking forward to Kimberly Derting's next work! And I still need to read the last book in her previous series!

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

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    This trilogy was a solid one. The first book, The Pledge left su

    This trilogy was a solid one. The first book, The Pledge left such a big impression on me that till now, two years after reading it, I was still able to recall some details. When I received The Offering for review, I went ahead and picked up The Essence (which I enjoyed) and then The Offering. I have to point out that The Pledge is my favorite by far. It is mainly because the world build up was so fascinating. This of course doesn't mean the other two books weren't great, because they both were. The Offering was a great way to end this trilogy. I initially had some concerns on how the book will end and how everything will be resolved and wrapped up (can you blame me? from all the last books in a dystopian trilogy I read). However all my questions and concerns were answered and all the situations and plot lines were wrapped up without ripping my heart out, always a bonus for final books in a dystopian series. Charlie is now the queen, not only that, Sabara is buried deep within her with no idea of how to get rid of her. I felt so bad for Charlie because all she has wanted is to make her country better, and even after all the sacrifices she still gets handed the crappiest end of any deal. I loved how Max didn't begrudge her or treat her differently, even knowing Sabara was within her. Max is such a great love interest and character, my only complaint is that he didn't show up enough times in this book! Other than him, we have some other amazing secondary characters including Eden (Charlie's younger sister's overprotective bodyguard), Zafer (Charlie's AWESOME bodyguard), Xander (Max's brother), Brook (Charlie's best friend and commander of the armed forces), along with another handful. All of them added so much to the story and I loved how effortless all their bond and ties were. Derting really is a fantastic character creator (does that even make sense?) As for the plot, I have to say that Charlie's need to always self sacrifice got to me. I really don't like it when a character thinks he/she is doing everyone a favor by sacrificing themselves when in reality their actions are what creates chaos. Still, Charlie was still endearing and I loved how much she loved her younger sister and her country. This book and trilogy is definitely one I would recommend to any YA fans, especially ones that want to read a unique dystopian world. 

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

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    4.5 Stars 'The Offering' is the final installment in The Pledge

    4.5 Stars

    'The Offering' is the final installment in The Pledge Trilogy. It continues to follow Queen Charlaina of Ludania - Charlie to her friends - as war against her country is threatened and the whisperings of the evil Sabara continue to invade her mind and soul. When a threat from Elena, the Queen of Astonia, is delivered to Charlie's door - she makes up her mind to accept the Queen's proposition of both peace for her country and the prospect of ridding herself of Sabara's Essence for good. Will Charlie be able to get to Astonia and prevent war? Or will Elena break her promises and storm Ludania's borders? What about Sabara's Essence? These deadly serious questions - along with the well being of her friends and family, not to mention her relationship with Max - all hang in the balance of Charlie's decisions.

    This was a phenomenal novel and the perfect ending to the trilogy, although I'm really sad to see it finished. I loved the entire trilogy and this book was definitely no exception. The characters continued to be realistic - especially Charlie and her close friends, who we get to know very well. They all have distinct personalities and flaws along with strengths, which made them easy to identify with, almost to the point where I felt like I knew each of them personally. The plot is full of action and adventure for everyone involved - I found myself desperately reading to see what was going to happen and how things would turn out. The action of the novel flowed effortlessly with the romance and the fantasy of the book, with all the genres intertwining to create a unique story. There were a lot of aspects to the plot - the impending war with Astonia, Charlie dealing with Sabara's Essence, dealing with her responsibilities as queen, and also managing her friendships and relationships. Each one of these smaller plot lines are tied up neatly by the end of the novel, leaving no loose ends or questions for the reader to wonder about. I found the writing to be absolutely hypnotic - it drew me in from the very first page and I was immediately immersed in Charlie's world. I actually read this book in one (very quick) sitting because I couldn't bring myself to stop reading until I knew how it would end. There were some surprises along with the sad and happy parts - during which I actually teared up and at one point had a perma-grin plastered on my face for a good hour or so while reading. Overall, this was a magnificent ending to a completely enchanting trilogy. Very highly recommended for fans of all genres!!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Posted April 23, 2014

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