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Once a King

(Clash of Kingdoms #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,044 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 o
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
alksdfja;lsdkfja;sdkfj I AM SO READY I CAN'T DEAL.

I'm still a mess of feels from Ever the Brave. I need this. I need it.

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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 Summerill takes us into another world in ONCE A KING w
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jan 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Cover reveal and synopsis has been shared, my friends! Can't say I'm in love with it but it is reminiscent of the original duology. Although I do like the bit on the cover that says, "One secret can corrupt a realm"

Also, my boy Aodren is in fact back! Along with Lirra, who I also liked from the original, so hopefully, this will be better than its predecessor.
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Sidenote: I feel an Aodren and Lirra pairing coming on, and I'm game.
OMG, is my dear Aodren finally going to get a story
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Lirra, a girl who has every reason to fear standing up ...more
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Feb 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, hmh
Dear Aodren is getting his own novel? Sign me up. I'm still team Cohen though. ;)

Cori Reed
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Nothing happens in this book.
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.
3.5 stars

This 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 it might be my fault that I didn't enjoy this more
Sara Larson
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
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 others I love like this. As a older reader I look f ...more
Jill Williamson
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 moment of eavesdropping is okay in a novel, but the ...more
Pintip Dunn
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Full review to come

Update: 12/5/18-
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, I loved the first 2 and couldn't wait to read O
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 was a good conclusion to the loose ends from the last ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction, bt-e-book, 2018
Once a King by Erin Summerill leaves off where Ever the Brave left 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 enjoyed Ever the Brave, but Once a King felt shallow and uninspired. I had a time engaging in
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
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 YAYYYYY.

To keep it short and sweet: READ ONCE A KING.
E.L. Irwin
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.... 😊
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


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 that totally come through. The chemistry between
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 and more. I liked that even though he's a long he's
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 more drastic from the second to the third book. T
Lea (drumsofautumn)
I can't believe I'm planning on doing this to myself..

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 is considered a standalone book. Having read the prev
Brittany Searfoss
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 people, he sets out to win the cup in the upcoming t
Kat Foster
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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 characters, and I found them to be more well rounded. I ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute masterpiece. Wow.
I am so incredibly pleased with the end of this series. I cannot wait to see what else Erin Summerill writes - whatever it is, it will be nothing short of magnificent.
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Erin Calabio Summerill claims Hawaii as her ancestral land, and England as her birthplace. She grew up as an Air Force brat on bases in Hawaii, California and England. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University, Erin taught high school English in Hawaii while starting a career as a professional photographer and aspiring to become a novelist. Erin's photography has receiv ...more

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