Kimberly Derting brings her Pledge trilogy to an exciting conclusion with The Offering, in stores on December 31st. Continuing the saga of Charlie, her surprising rise to power, and her ongoing internal struggle against the former queen Sabara, Derting proves once again her literary savvy as she deftly navigates this complex and rich storyline.
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.
The Offering picks up where we last left Charlie, facing a possible war and still fighting for control of her own body with the “essence” of former queen Sabara, who is not willing to go out without a fight.
Derting cleverly plays the two struggles against each other as the storyline unfolds: Charlie’s internal struggle against Sabara, and her external struggle with the neighboring queendom of Astonia. In both situations, Charlie must choose between doing what is best for her people, and what she selfishly wants for herself – as the two do not often go hand-in-hand.
Ultimately, The Offering sees Charlie’s journey come full-circle, as she takes ownership of her crown and her responsibilities — and goes to whatever lengths necessary to protect the ones she loves most.
The Offering is the final book in The Pledge trilogy. Look for it in stores on Tuesday, December 31st.