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Aria & Liam: The Sun Disk is a work of fiction in the action, adventure, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is intended for the middle-grade reading audience and is part of a collection of standalone books featuring Aria and Liam, penned by author Coline Monsarrat. We are invited along on a journey to the legendary Golden City of the Incas, Paititi. Mistaken for envoys of the sun god Inti, Aria and Liam must embrace their roles and embark on a treacherous mission to find the Sun Disk and save the city from impending destruction. This action-packed tale weaves together humor, history, and friendship as the duo relies on wit and unexpected alliances to alter the fate of an ancient civilization.
Author Coline Monsarrat’s vivid storytelling and well-crafted characters immediately drew me into the thrilling world of Aria and Liam. The duo's courage and resourcefulness as they navigated dangerous situations added different dimensions to the plot as they each got their chance to shine, and the intriguing mix of ancient civilization and mystical elements was refreshing and original to explore. The seamless blending of history and fantasy made the book both educational and entertaining for young readers. One of the elements I particularly enjoyed was the emphasis on friendship, teamwork, and ingenuity, as it reinforced valuable life lessons for the target audience. Overall, Aria & Liam: The Sun Disk is a fantastic middle-grade adventure that transports readers on a thrilling quest filled with excitement and discovery, and I’d highly recommend it to young readers looking for an enthralling blend of history, adventure, and friendship.