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The Pledge

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Author Kimberly Derting
Rights UK & Comm ex Can ex NZ
ISBN 9780749011314
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A breathtaking dystopian novel where words are the most dangerous weapon of all…

Seventeen-year-old Charlaina knows she has exceptional but perilous powers. In the far future, in a land controlled by an aged and ruthless queen, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. Even acknowledging a member of the ruling class while they are speaking their native tongue is punishable by death. Charlie can understand all languages, a secret she must protect to stay alive.

When she meets the alluringly handsome Max, who speaks in a language she hasn’t heard before, she is intensely attracted to him. Max believes that Charlie is the key to something bigger and he pledges to protect her. But as war descends, can she trust him?

What The Critics Said

'The Pledge holds more than your regular plot...this world was full of feisty characters and a looming romance...A must for any dystopian, YA-loving reader, and will be a lovely addition to anyone's bookshelf...I urge you all to read it too.'

Pretty Little Memoirs

'With an intriguing cast of characters, old and timeless magic, a ruthless queen who would stop at nothing to get what she wants, and the future of a country resting in the hands of one girl, The Pledge proves to be a book that is so much more interesting than it actually sounds.'


'I was sucked right into the world, hooked from start to finish. I loved it...The world was just amazing - unlike anything I'd read before. It was all so new, so rich, so detailed, so utterly unique...And the writing was beautiful, addictive, descriptive; I fell in love with the style... The plot was also completely unique and utterly addictive. Fast-paced, twisty and unlike any dystopian I'd read before, I truly loved the story. I just could not put it down! A dystopian like no other.'

The Book Addicted Girl

'Interesting and compelling...The story gets very addictive ...The setting, plot and subplots were very inventive and enthralling...Kimberly Derting has a fantastic imagination and I can't wait to delve deeper inside it with the next instalment of this series. This is a book that I'd recommend to anyone who likes young adult literature, regardless of whether you prefer historical, dystopian or other story lines.'

Stepping Out of the Page

'I really enjoyed The Pledge. There are a few faults, but these are mostly overshadowed by the unique premise and wonderful world-building. It has that amazing true fantasy atmosphere and it makes a nice change to read a novel that doesn't require a sequel to finish the story.'

Booking in Heels

'An exciting, enticing and gripping story leading you into a new world that Kimberly Derting has uniquely created. Focusing on identity, language, hierarchy and love, this novel contains something for everyone. Can't wait till the next book in the series!'

Paranormal Fantasy Addict

'Gripping, thought-provoking and imaginative, THE PLEDGE was a really enjoyable read!...A fascinating and smooth paced... with a unique plot and some interesting (and often unforeseen) twists and turns it made an intriguing story, and it had a nice cast of characters. Also although it’s labelled dystopian, there are plenty of elements of fantasy, romance and fairy-tale like qualities threaded throughout the book, so even if dystopian isn’t your thing, I would recommend giving this book a go.'

Whispering Words

‘Remarkably original and deliciously romantic…unfolds at a breakneck pace. I held my breath until the very last page’

Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

'Gripping dystopian fantasy'

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