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The Offering

(The Pledge #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,156 ratings  ·  353 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Angel Tan I have all three of the books in Australia, and they didn't change the model, this cover tho I'm seeing rite now, is way different to mine
I have all three of the books in Australia, and they didn't change the model, this cover tho I'm seeing rite now, is way different to mine
Claudia L. V-B First of all, you should read this book! Second of all, I am not sure when. I think this series is meant to be a trilogy and will stay a trilogy, so t…moreFirst of all, you should read this book! Second of all, I am not sure when. I think this series is meant to be a trilogy and will stay a trilogy, so that means we may never learn the origin story. But, I think that is for the reader to decide. You give the characters more of a background! We should ask Kimberly Derting for an epilogue book. (A novella.) That's my best answer! :)(less)

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The Offering was an okay book. A little bit better than the second book but not better than the first. Nope, the first book was probably the best in my eyes (even though I rated the first and third book the same).

Charlie, who is still Queen, kind of does her own thing. She's still keeping the important stuff to herself when she should be talking to her people. She never sucks it up and admits that she doesn't know everything. She seriously needs to ask for help every now and then - but she doesn
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
This is a review for the whole series. Rating 1.5 stars.

There are some really good ideas and plot twists here and rich descriptions. But I think my main issue with this series is the world or lack of world building...

From all the descriptions throughout the series I picture the Capitol of Ludania to look something like this.

I mean its clear right from the start that there is hardly any technological advancement and it is also stated clearly on the blurb of my copy of the first book that this se
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
So has nobody freaked out for this book yet?

Well I guess I will then.

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Oh God. January 2014... and right now it's June. Freaking June.

B-but I need to know what happenssss

God I'm so excited for this book I just can't even.
I LOVED IT! Way better than the first and second in my opinion. A lot of action as well. I loved how all the characters grew stronger, each seemingly making their own sacrifices.
I just loved it. It's become one of my favourite series!

And then [Elena] closed the distance between us and grabbed my arm. "I'm ten times the queen you are, Vendor."
I raised my eyebrow. "Only ten?" I shot back.

Like my initial reaction to this book: this was awesome
Kimberly Derting is a truly great author. It isn't oft
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This was a truly epic ending to the series.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was just so bad. I only read it because I had read the other two (didn't like them either) but for some reason I just had to know how it ended. Well, now I know. And it was ridiculous. I feel like the first of the series was ok….and then it was all downhill from there. But at least now I don't have to spend the rest of my life wondering how this came to an end… ...more
This one may have been my favorite of the series and it still was just ok.

Once again, Queen Charlie decides that keeping important information to herself is best. You know, because this worked out so well for her last time. She puts everyone around her in danger all because she can't freaking ask for help. That's not a good Queen. A Queen has advisers for a reason. Let them advise!

What made this book interesting were the side characters: Eden, Xander, Sage - the ones who actually thought out pl
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
3.5 stars
The book started out strong, then it dragged for a while, then around the 75% mark, it got good again.

At this point, I don't really know where I stand on the romance. It just didn't feel real or strong to me. I feel like I've been up and down throughout the series in terms of the romance.

While the middle chunk of the book dragged and the POV changes felt jerky to me, I did enjoy following Sage. I almost wish there was a bit more of her, I feel like Sage has her own story to tell (perhap
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading all three books from The Pledge series in one week had been an awesome experience!

At first, I was a bit hesitant to start reading this series. You see, I was never a dystopian fan. And when I knew there were scenes with gallows and rifles, I wondered if the books were just a rehash of some of the plots that I've read in other series. What differed here was that I was very much surprised by all the emotions that the characters were able to bring out of me - I could still recall from book
Dec 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: waiting
This Cover Is Freaking Beautiful!!
...Still need to finish the second one
But, this cover is perfect in my eyes!!
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fanatic conclussion to the series and I'm very happy about how we left the series. ...more
Jules Goud
Wow. The conclusion to this trilogy didn't disappoint.

Charlie is trying to avoid war. A war that could destroy her and her growing country. She is also at war with herself and tearing herself apart by trying to suppress Sabara. She is throwing herself into her country. What she doesn't know is that there is a traitor in her hope. So begins the journey to stop the war and get rid of Sabara once and for all.

I really did enjoy this book. It was truly the ending this trilogy deserved. Yes, the death
This was by far the best book in the triolgy. The ending gave me all the feels. 😭🤧❤️
Allie (The Literary Familiar)
Well that was the worst finale to a trilogy I've ever read. Once again more of a journey novel. So much so I literally ended up having to skip it just to get to the "final battle" portion. Which wasn't much of a final battle. Literally with a knife and a bullet and BAM the bad guys are dead and HAPPY ENDING! ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good trilogy I enjoy it (: unique and powerful.
Kaća B.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
mehh.for this one but for whole series it's 4stars!❤ ...more
Wolf (Alpha)
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I think that Charlie is one of the best Queens the nation ever had. I love how she is determined to keep her people safe no matter the cost. I feel bad for her since she had to face some pretty gruesome sights. I am glad that in the end as usual she won.
Wow. Well the book started out with quite a bang. Wow, I had to put the book down for a minute after reading the prologue. I quickly went back because then I had to know more but still.

This is book 3 in the series so I will avoid spoilers for this book but there will be some if you haven’t read book 1 and 2. Beware.

It’s amazing to me how much Charlie has grown from The Pledge to now The Offering. In The Essence we saw her being a lot more timid and reserved as she was trying to navigate through
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Offering is the third and final book in the Pledge trilogy, and is also one that has been sitting on my shelf since publication. I began reading with some trepidation, would I remember what had happened previously? Would the ending of the book be something I wanted?

The Offering picks up after the events of the previous book, and it did take me a few pages to remember who was who, but I quickly fell back into this world, excited to see what would happen next for Charlie. The Offering was a go
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What can I say? I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s the absolute perfect conclusion to The Pledge trilogy! The book starts off with a gasp-inducing occurrence that completely shocked me. I so did not see that coming — and I could not believe it! And I so didn’t expect such a shocking beginning to the conclusion of one of my current favorite series! From there, the book is full of surprises. Surprise alliances, surprise partnerships, surprise relationships, and more. Yes, there were a few things I ...more
Reading is my Escape
The final book in the Pledge series. I finished the second book back in August of 2013. So it took me a little while to get back into the world. I went back and read descriptions of the first two (The Pledge and The Essence). Then I started to remember what a magical world the author created.

In this book, Charlie (aka Queen Charlaina of Ludania) has to once again battle Sabara (whose essence still dwells inside Charlie). But that isn't the worst of it. She faces tragic loss and the threat of war
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copies
This was definitely an exciting ending to The Pledge Trilogy. With amazing character development, unexpected twists, and thrilling action this is exactly how good story should end. Go out with a bang.

The Offering starts off with Queen Elena and Niko planning against Ludania to get something that both of them wants – Sabara. While Niko is still trying to be together with her, Queen Elena wants to live forever and have the powers that she heard of. Sending Xavier’s hand to Charlie is the first ste
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 because I did the enjoy the ending and those few swoon-worthy scenes with MAAAAAX.

So I originally really enjoyed the first book in this series and I LOVE Derting's writing. But the second book was a pretty big letdown and this book had it's good and bad moments. As the last book in the series I expected WAY more to happen and I got to about 60% and felt that NOTHING was happening (minus some making out with MAAAAAAX, some political stuff and a really boring trek through the forest). Thankfu
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The Offering was slow in the beginning of the book and I was completely confused, but I was already invested in the characters: Charlaina (Charlie), Brooklyn (Brook), the evil queen, Sabara and all the others that I wanted to know their outcomes in the series so I pushed through my confusion and kept reading. Then in the middle of the book everything became clear, the story began to develop and the action ensued! I was hooked for the rest of the story and the ending was tied up nicely. I think t ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
The third and final book in the Pledge trilogy. To end off this series Charlie has decided to take it upon herself to fight the good fight once and for all. She takes two of her soldiers with her, her best friend Brooke, and Eden. The three of them run into some trouble, but it’s all about what happens in the end that matters. A good Queen, or so the reader was told to think- Queen Elena is actually pretty evil; Charlie must fight her and Sabara’s Essence inside of her to win the war. It’s all u ...more
The Offering is the final book in The Pledge trilogy. There will be spoilers from the first two books.

The main narrator in this book is Charlaina (who is now the Queen of Ludania). She narrates the majority of the book in first person. But there are also some third person narrations (Brooklyn, Niko, Max and Sage).

Charlaina still has former evil Queen Sabara in her head. Also she is trying to stop a war with Queen Elena of Astonia.

There is a journey. There is some fighting. There is a little roma
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I award this book 4.5 stars.

I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy and this last installment doesn't disappoint. Ludaina is on the brink of war and Charlie has to go on a harrowing journey to try to stop it from happening. Once again Charlie doesn't trust Max, which rubs me the wrong way. But he forgives her, so I try to do the same. That said, the rest of the book is so flipping good that I quickly forget about that fact. The pacing is great, the characters are solid, and the conc
Colleen Houck
A very satisfying conclusion to the series. Loved the end. There were some sad spots but everything turned out the way it was supposed to. I was very comfortable with the place Charly and Max ended up.
*Genre* Young Adult Dystopian
*Rating* 3-3.5

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Published December 31st 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Kimberly is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE, and THE TAKING trilogies. She is also the co-author of the popular "Loves Science" picture book series, featuring our favorite science-loving superstars Cece, Libby, and Vivi!

Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.


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“She didn't want to smile -- this was no time for smiling -- but she couldn't stop herself. Charlie, it seemed, was something of a bad ass.
- Brooklyn”
“But I knew something that Elena hadn't. That the measure of a true queen didn't lie in her magic. It had more to do with who she was, and what she was willing to give of herself, than it did with the powers she possessed
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