Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Offering by Kimberly Derting (The Pledge book 3)
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first two books in the series, The Pledge and the Essence, Stop! I don't want to ruin Charlie's story for you.
Charlie is trying to settle into her role as Queen Charlania of Ludania. She is desperately trying to pull her country back into the modern age after its former Queen, Sabara, cut off all ties with the neighboring queendoms and forced her citizens into a strict caste system. Charlie also continues her inner struggle with Sabara, whose essence resides with her. She is at almost constant war within herself to keep Sabara pushed down and allow her to make her own decisions. And Max, Sabara's grandson, continues to serve as Charlie's advisor but hopes that their relationship can soon lead to an engagement. He is worried that Charlie is spreading herself too thin. She just wishes that the sweeping changes she wants for her country could happen overnight.
In the midst of peace negotiations with Queen Elena of Astonia, she sends Charlie a brutal message that could lead to war, Xander's hand. He and Nico had gone to negotiate a treaty. What everyone else who saw the box doesn't know is that there was a false bottom in it that only Charlie found. A sealed letter from Elena contains a message for Charlie. In an effort to stop a brewing war, Charlie decides to go to Elena and attempt to work things out. Knowing that she needs help to get to Astonia, Charlie goes to Eden to take her there. Eden decides that it will be the only way to find out what happened to Xander. The two slip out of the palace undetected.
Can Charlie break free from Sabara's essence? Will she be able to lead Ludania into a more prosperous future? Is Xander dead or alive? What did Elena's letter to Charlie say? Can the impending war between Ludania and Astonia be stopped?
Ms. Derting has proved loyal readers with a thrilling and satisfying end to the trilogy.