A young king searches for a way to save his kingdom in this romantic fantasy from Erin Summerill, who was called “absolutely marvelous” by New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas. Aodren: A lonely, young king, searching for a way to dismantle his father’s dark legacy.Lirra : A girl with the power to control the wind, torn between duty and following her dreams For twenty years, Channelers—women with a magical ability—have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can’t be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fueling people’s fears. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren. Yet when he asks for help to discover the truth behind the rumors, she can’t say no. With Lirra by his side, Aodren sees a way forward for his people. But can he rewrite the mistakes of the past before his enemies destroy the world he’s working so hard to rebuild? Erin Summerill returns with a high-stakes fantasy full of romance, magic, and revenge perfect for fans of Susan Dennard and C. J. Redwine.
About the Author
Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family finally settled down in Utah. When Erin doesn’t have her nose in a book, she’s busy chasing after her four kids, two dogs, and a cat. Visit her online at erinsummerill.com and follow her on Twitter: @erinsummerill.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once a King carries on the story of King Aodren and his fight to bring peace between his people and the Channelers who were persecuted under his fathers reign until most of them escaped to other kingdoms. This novel takes on the topic of drug dealing, although in a fantastical way. Someone is creating an oil called Sanguine that seems to give the non magical Channeler abilities, but in fact causes them to go mad with anger and cause death. Lirra, who we met in the previous novel, investigates the mystery of who is distributing this drug, reporting her findings back to Aodren. Whew! While all of this is going on, there is a tournament between all of the kingdoms champions. It is a sort of Olympics but with jousting, sword fights and blood. Needless to say, this fake Sanguine (the real Sanguine is a miraculous healing drug and really rare) is being taken by the champions. Needless to say, bad things happen. I really liked Aodren in the previous book and had looked forward to reading his story. I wasn’t disappointed! It’s easy to admire a character that wants to make a big change like racial discrimination and hatred. The tournament setting gave him the chance to be a “hero” in a physical way, which balanced well with the honorable aspects to his character. It made him come to life more than in the previous novel where he seemed to be not fully fleshed out. I was a little confused by the Lirra in Once a King. In Ever the Brave she was more of a hard ass so I was surprised by how youthful she seemed. Yes, she was still heroic in investigating Sanguine but there was another side to her in this novel that was sweet and young. It made the budding romance between she and Aodren more believable. The young honorable King with the beautiful uncertain maiden. I liked the story overall and enjoyed Erin Summerill’s writing again. She’s a very consistent writer and I know what I”m going to get when I read one of her books. An enjoyable fantasy written with a lot of heart. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest.
I have been waiting for the arrival of this book since I finished Ever the Brave two years ago and all of our teen readers have fallen in love with the Clash of the Kingdoms series and can not stop talking about it. Once a King continues with Adoren and now the King that wants to destroy the dark legacy of his father and bring peace to his kingdom. Then we have Lirra a descendant of the Channelers with the power of wind set with a mission and duty to fullfill her family's prophecy. Adoren and Lirra join one another but can they trust eachother and are they out for the same purpose? Will the people trust Adoren and bring peace to the kingdom once and for all? This is why I became a librarian, I love reading works that our young adult readers can relate to and love. We especially love series that take a unique spin on fantasy tales that have a few twists and turns and do not get to the end right away because we like to be guessing throughout each chapter and imagine what it will be like in the end. The readers will easily relate to Adoren and Lirra not just because of their personalities but with the obstacles and struggles they face as they bring their kingdom back to what it was united! This along with the rest of the Clash of Kingdoms series will find their place on our shelves and will be circulated a lot and that is why we are giving Once a King 5 stars!