Synopsis: 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.
Huge thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book. I wrote this honest review to say thank you!
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). Thankfully around 70% the action kicked in but man, all of that could have been SO much sooner if the stupid journey through the forest had been cut out… that was just so pointless! She ended up in the same place regardless! Ugh, so I hate it when it feels like the book is just wasting time until it gets to the good stuff.
There were a few gut-punches and I teared up over a death. I also enjoyed some of the new characters, but feel like there could have been SO much more done with them (Sage was so cool! I would have LOVED more Sage trekking through the forest than the other boring forest journey).
The jumps between POV’s was random and a bit annoying (as I’ve always disliked in the past book), and Niko still grosses me out beyond reason.
But the ending was good and I was satisfied with it.