Saturday, 6 June 2015
Mini Review: The Offering [The Pledge #3] by Kimberly Derting
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 good finale to this series, and I am glad to see it come to an end the way it did (with only a slight niggle that I will elaborate on). But the journey to get there was hard for all parties involved.
Seeing Charlie away from the palace, away from her followers, her guards, and getting to see her as an unremarkable traveler was interesting. We see her for who she was and how others see her without knowing she is the Queen. She helps others when needed, even at the risk of reducing thier own rations. But she is a fighter, and whether her rash decision to do what she does was right at the time, it was something that needed to be done at some point, and at least she held the reins for a short while.
The Offering was full of drama, excitement, and violence, with the war being fought on many fronts it was hard to see who would actually be victorious once it was over. There are lives lost, which I did cry about, and others have had their lives changed irrecoverably, but the final outcome was something that needed to be done.
Overall The Offering was a great read, my only niggle was the last page, the way it ended I wanted to see a little bit more for this character and thier future. Charlies is set in stone but the other's is hinted at but not elaborated on. I may be being greedy but a chapter set a few years later would have given me the definite answers I wanted.