ONCE A KING, by Erin Summerill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt For Young Readers

Out December 4, 2018

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?


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

A kingdom afraid of magic. People at odds. Peace is greatly desired. Although this book is set in a world visited twice before by the reader, and the characters are the same as the first and second book, this book reads well and can be thought as a standalone.

A perfect book for people who like a happy ending after main characters struggle through challenges and despair.  The author has a great way of telling stories and a strong voice used from cover to cover.

Excellent world-building and perfect character arc development–well fleshed out and solid in understanding their goals and growth. The premise is one that has been done before with a few tiny differences, but it’s effective in smooth transitioning from one plot element to another.

World-building is really great and I enjoyed learning more about it.  Overall, this is a character driven plot.

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