Aria & Liam

The Cursed Empress

Children - Adventure
294 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Aria & Liam: The Cursed Empress by Coline Monsarrat is a fantasy adventure for middle graders. While participating in a sailing competition, best friends Aria and Liam inadvertently stumble upon a mysterious cavern of crystals, where they meet siblings Kael and Thayla, children of Empress Eudora of Atlantis. Soon, Aria and Liam find themselves in Atlantis, tasked with saving the mythical island and its empress from a powerful curse that is seeping the life away from Eudora. But as the two friends delve into the investigation, they embroil themselves in a deeper conspiracy and end up in jail as the prime suspects in an attempt to kill the empress. Running against time, can Aria, Liam, and their newfound allies find the main culprit behind the curse and save Eudora and Atlantis from a deadly enemy?

This is the third book from the Aria & Liam adventure series I've read so far, and I have enjoyed every one of these installments. Author Coline Monsarrat opens the book on a high note, putting the reader into the midst of the action from the get-go, and it's a blistering ride to the finish line from that point on. The Cursed Empress is an action-adventure fantasy and a sleuth mystery rolled into one fascinating story you don't want to put down. I really enjoy Monsarrat's humor and witty dialogue, as they made the character interactions a joy to read. The books in this series are perfect for children and even young adults looking to get into the fantasy genre.

Essien Asian

Liam and his friend Aria are recruited by a pair of siblings from the mythical city of Atlantis. The Atlanteans are members of the royal family and seek the aid of the adventure-loving duo to save their mother's life, the queen. For reasons they cannot fathom, the queen has fallen ill, and if the source of her ailment is not discovered and rectified in time, both the queen and the kingdom will perish. Liam and Aria have never been known to dodge a challenge, but how do you solve a problem when everyone believes you created it? Find out if they succeed in Coline Monsarrat's The Cursed Empress.

Coline Monsarrat introduces us to another adventure in the Aria and Liam series. The youthful team makes it a habit to travel through time and solve mysteries wherever possible. In The Cursed Empress, they are set against a race of people whose distrust for outsiders is legendary. Monsarrat fills her story with interesting conversations between the characters. They trade barbs in a manner that comes naturally to youngsters, creating a story that appeals to younger readers. The impressive part of Monsarrat's storytelling technique is how she subtly injects important morals into the subplots. From Liam explaining the upbeat nature of their commentary to the Atlanteans to Kael justifying his actions to Eryx, there is a deep lesson waiting to be assimilated by the reader. The detailed introduction to all the characters makes the story easy to follow and enjoyable for anyone unfamiliar with the series. The Cursed Empress is an exciting novel with the right qualities to engage young readers.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Aria & Liam by Coline Monsarrat is a kid's adventure story about the Cursed Empress. Aria and Liam find themselves at a strange crystal cave while participating in a sailing competition. They are tasked to remove the curse from the Empress of Atlantis. But dark forces are gathering, making their job harder. Their journey is perilous, as they face strange science experiments, creatures that should have been extinct long ago, and treacherous waters. A prophecy by Plato looks set to come true, a cataclysm that will destroy the island, but Aria and Liam have a tougher challenge: convincing the islanders that they want to save them. Can they succeed in overcoming the darkness? Will they bring harmony back to the island? And can they lift the curse?

Aria & Liam: The Cursed Empress by Coline Monsarrat is the third book in this series, and it will take you on a thrilling rollercoaster journey. Packed with action and plenty of twists and turns, this is the perfect adventure story for kids, but it tells more than just a children's story. It is about compassion for others, understanding, and working together when bad things happen. The writing is clear and engaging, making for a compelling story to keep you reading. The characters are fun and well-developed, and you'll be rooting for our main protagonists all the way through. Many historical facts are also thrown in throughout, adding an extra dimension to the story. With plenty of humor, this is a great story to settle down with. However, although I read this as a standalone, I recommend reading the entire series in order.