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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Belvedor and the Four Corners is the first book in the Belvedor Saga by Ashleigh Bello, a compelling entry in the young adult general fantasy category and a great coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of an unfriendly city ruled by a tyrant, a world where children earn their right to citizenship when they turn eighteen—and they must actually earn it through fierce battle or fall to the pit—readers are introduced to Arianna Belvedor, a seventeen-year-old who is looking forward to the final test to earn her place in society. She is a brave warrior with spectacular skills with the sword, but are the Free Falls Festivals what she really yearns for, or is there more? Follow her journey as she sets out to unearth dreaded secrets about the king and how she changes everything. Can she still bow to someone who stole a crown?
Ashleigh Bello is a great writer and the reader will be enticed by her ability to paint vivid scenes and to penetrate the emotional depth of her characters. The hook is powerful enough to draw readers into the story and to make them want to follow it till the end. We are introduced to the protagonist right off the bat and in a context where members of her society are not free. The sound of the brass bell already symbolizes oppression for everyone who lives in her world, because it’s a call to adhere to the rigorous routine of their day-to-day lifestyle. Belvedor and the Four Corners is written in beautiful prose and readers will enjoy the plot-driven and intelligently crafted dialogues. This story offers great entertainment and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Arianna is a character that readers will love to follow.