Title: Once A King
Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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.
Being able to see a younger King Aodren in a different light is pretty intriguing. I really
liked seeing A odren struggling to move past the darkness caused in Malam by his father.
I loved Lirra, wanting to be more than just her father’s assistant in life and not trusting
Aodren straight away because of the Purge many years ago. Seeing Leif again in the story
made me smile. I also wish I had secret tunnels to get to places!! The fake Sanguine caught
me off guard though and how our villianst character was basically in plain sight. I look
forward to seeing and reading whatever else may come in regards to King Aodren and
the Kingdom of Malam. Erin Summerill once again wrote a book I didn’t want to put down.