Once a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3) by Erin Summerill

Once a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3)

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 dreamsFor 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 dead...

Details Once a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3)

TitleOnce a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3)
Release DateDec 4th, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Romance

Reviews Once a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3)

  • Dianne
    Together, two unlikely allies will try to bring in a new world of peace and trust while righting the wrongs of the past. As the young king, Aodren and a young channeler, Lirra struggle with their emotions, the political machinations of the kingdom and the people’s fear of magic in any form, they will uncover who is behind the black market version of a magical healing potion. But will they be in time to save its victims?Told in two POVs, Erin Su...
  • Luca
    The nation of Malam has been divided for years as its people without magical abilities oppressed and harassed those who are magically gifted called Channelers. Now that there is a new king, the young King Aodren, the nation finds itself standing at a crossroads. King Aodren wants to reunite the people of his country, but cannot do so alone. His people, on the other hand, are still wary of one another. Luckily Aodren gets unexpected help from Lirr...
  • Cori Reed
    I was put off knowing that this was book three in a series, but really it was a companion story. That said! I liked it the best out of all three books! Fast paced, fun, and so much intrigue! I think Erin Summerill just gets better.
  • Kathryn Purdie
    I was so happy when I found out Erin Summerill would be writing another book in the same world as EVER THE HUNTED, and the read did not disappoint, even with my super high expectations. King Aodren was one of my favorite characters from EVER THE BRAVE, and I'm so happy he got his own story--and such an amazing one! I highly recommend this book!
  • Jessica
    Nothing happens in this book.Nothing. Nothing kept me wanting to read more. Nothing exciting kept me on the edge of my seat. This book was literally paper with nothing on it.
  • Marissa
    3.5 starsThis was good. It wasn't great, but it was good. The characters were good. I had little to no qualms with them. I prefer King Aodren to Lyra, but both were pretty interesting. The plot was slow at times, and I probably should've read the first two books before going into this one, but I heard that this could be read as a standalone as well as the fact that I never had, and still don't have, any interest in picking up Ever the Hunted. So ...
  • Sara Larson
    I loved learning more about these characters and this world! Erin has done it again with another fantastic book!! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
  • Jill Williamson
    I really enjoyed this story. I listened to the audio book and the narrator was absolutely incredible. She did so many different voices, it amazed me. I don't know how she kept them all straight, but she was brilliant. I enjoyed the story as well. I liked the main characters and the mystery of what was going on. The end did have a couple of very convenient moments of eavesdropping, without which the story wouldn't have worked out. One convenient m...
  • Melissa
    I read this without reading the others. I think it would have added to this if I had read the others first. I probably would have been more involved in the characters. This is a great YA set. I would recommend these to any YA who likes spying, far off kingdoms, magic, princess and court intrigue. I would have loved these as a young adult. They fit in right next to Shannon Hale Goose Girl, Chanters of Tremaris series, First Truth Series and many o...
  • Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
    review coming soon
  • Pintip Dunn
    Prepare your heart for the swooniest king in all the lands! WIth poignant prose and intricate worldbuilding, ONCE A KING casts its spell from the very first pages. Fly - don't walk - to sweep up this soaring tale.
  • Brie
    I loved this book! Full review to comeUpdate: 12/5/18- FIVE STARS! You know those books where you enjoyed them so much and then a sequel or spin off comes out and you think to yourself "there's no way this can meet my expectations"? Well that was me when I heard that the Clash of Kingdoms series was getting another book. I was both excited and nervous to read it. I'm not going to lie, I basically begged for an early copy of the book. Like I said,...
  • Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
    This was by far my favorite in the series. I know it’s technically a spin-off from the first two books, but it felt more like a final ending to the series. I think I also liked this a lot more because it was about my favorite character, Aodren. I loved him and I was glad to see him fight for his cause for peace. That and I liked that he had a love interest that wasn’t just one sided. He needs some love in his life, haha. Overall, I felt this ...
  • Jackie
    I bought this book by accident. It’s the third in the series which made it harder to get into since I didn’t know the backstories
  • Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
    I ADORED this book. How can one not fall with King Aodren and Lirra? They are both such great characters that I helplessly fell in love with. I SHIP THEM ALL THE WAY, OKAY? As someone who never agreed to Aodren being with the other character from Ever the Brave, I am super glad Erin Summerill had other plans for Aodren. BUT NOW I NEED MORE. I need more of Lirra and Aodren, it cannot possibly be the end!!! And I *think* there might be more so YAYY...
  • Rae
    Once a Kingby Erin Summerill leaves off whereEver the Braveleft off. With King Aodren in control of the kingdom, he works to fight off the reputation his father left behind. Lirra, a channeler with the power to control the wind, finds her life entangled with King Aodren's. They must work together to forge a new path in a divided nation.Unfortunately I was woefully disappointed by this book. I really enjoyedEver the Brave,butOnce a Kingfelt shallo...
  • E.L. Irwin
    So, I actually won a copy of this book from a giveaway here on Goodreads. And as I hadn’t read the first two books, I had to go buy them right away. I’ve now read the first one and loved it, I’m looking forward to the second one, and then this one. I’ll update this review once I’m finished.... So, I actually won a copy of this book from a giveaway here on Goodreads. And as I hadn’t read the first two books, I had to go buy them righ...
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    I really enjoyed the original duology and Once A King was such a wonderful addition! I loved how it focused on different characters and gave us a different perspective on the world. Plus there’s a wonderful hate-to-love romance. Even if you haven’t read the original duology, I think you’ll still enjoy this one (Although, fair warning, there are some spoilers).*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affec...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Once A King, by author Erin Summerill, is the third installment in the authors Clash of Kingdoms series. For those who have not read Ever the Hunted, or Ever the Brave, this story actually takes place shortly after the end of the second book in the series. The story is told through the split narratives of Lirra Barrett and Malam King Aodren, both of whom have unique personalities...
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    4/5 Stars!I received Once a King as an e-galley from the publisher via NetGalley.I liked that the story of Once a King takes place so soon after the events of Ever the Hunted, yet does not include Britta. She is mentioned a couple times but isn't in the book. Which I think was a great idea to have her off on her own enjoying her happily ever after.At first I wasn't the biggest fan of Aodren but as the story progressed I started to like him more a...
  • Kira
    I LOVED this book! Great story, great characters, great character development, great romance, great political intrigue, great fight scenes, great culture building, and fabulous magic system (among other things).This is the third book in the series. I love watching new authors progress in their skillset from book to book - and she really surprised me with making huge leaps and bounds between her first and second books. But her improvement was even...
  • Kristy Mauna
    Set in the same world as the previous books in A Clash of Kingdoms series comes a new adventure featuring everyone’s favorite king! Get ready to swoon, scream, and cheer because King Aodren and Lirra are here to fight for both the people they love and readers’ hearts. "I tell my boys that the dark is nothing to fret over. It's just the light wearing a thick cloak." Once a King begins right where Ever the Brave left off, but don’t worry this...
  • Brittany Searfoss
    This book takes place in the world of five kingdoms created in the previous two books, Ever the Hunted and Ever the Brave. It is best read after these books, but it can also be read as a standalone.King Aodren is doing everything he can to reunite his kingdom after repealing the law declaring a purge of all Channelers, women who can perform magic. He wants the Channelers to move back into his kingdom, Malam, so in order to win the trust of his pe...
  • Kat Foster
    Once a King reads less like the third book in a trilogy and more like the first book in a spin off series, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing given my general bland feelings about the series thus far. I feel like the plot overall was much more engaging, a lot happened and it felt more like a well rounded story. I really liked all the characters as well. They mostly all had been introduced in the first two books, albeit briefly for several char...