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Belvedor and the Four Corners

(Belvedor Saga #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The Hunger Games meets Red Queen and Throne of Glass in this action-packed Epic Fantasy Adventure series.

On a quest for freedom from a tyrant king, follow Arianna Belvedor as she unearths the enchantment buried beneath her dark world and learns how to wield magic alongside her swords. She will either win or die; whichever her fate, freedom is certain.


Arianna Belvedor
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 446 pages
Published September 11th 2016 (first published December 15th 2014)
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Jul 02, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free, kindle, fantasy, ya
2 July 2015: $0.00 FREE on Kindle
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I got this book it was free for a short period of time,was kind of hesitative about reading it,but once I started I found out that I couldn't put it down at all, if you love adventure,magic,secrets then you must pick this one up and read it.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Bello’s novel is a young adult fantasy novel; I’m not sure why, but I thought it would be more adult than it was when I picked this book up. The story has a solid idea to build on – a dystopian version of a fairy tale world, where magic and fae alike have been outlawed, decimated, and forgotten.

In this world, everyone is born a slave and must prove themselves worthy of freedom once they come of age in an annual festival known as Free Falls. Arianna, a slave in the Warrior District, stubbles upon
Arya Fomo
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 fina ...more
Grace Ashley
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite

Belvedor and the Four Corners (Belvedor Saga, #1) by Ashleigh Bello is a fantasy novel which begins in The Four Corners of the once magical land of Olleb-Yelfra. The Four Corners is a prison for those who are slaves, with only one way in and one way out. Arianna Belvedor is number 22 in the Warrior district and is set to win her freedom on Free Fall day when she turns 18. But all her well-laid plans go awry when she takes up an ill-advised c
E.J. Hill
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This book has a lot of potential! I found that the world was unique and interesting, it had some suspenseful action scenes, and the friendship between Arianna and Lessa was sweet. Unfortunately, though, this was not a book for me. Some points of the storyline were a little awkward like how four slaves from different districts just happened to meet as they escaped. There was also a lot of dialogue. I know that some people really enjoy this, but I prefer a balance between dialogue and colourful pr ...more
Jane Meganck
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I liked this book, but it didn't totally suck me in. The characters were good and I liked them and how they interacted with each other. There was some romance which added to the story and was sweet and clean. The writing had some nice descriptions and was easy to follow though sometimes wasn't exactly smooth. The plot overall had a lot of potential and it was exciting, though I would've liked to have seen more of an ending and it kind of left me hanging. The book overall was good, and I can't wa ...more
Peter Carlstrom
I couldn’t finish it

Read and suffered through 80% of the book but it wasn’t getting any better. Had a potential with the plot but it was all squandered by lame plot devices, naive descriptions and mishmash of ideas from other books. Throw in a petulant, incapable and idiotic heroine and similarly stupid side kick and it became completely indigestible.
Vivian Thibodeaux
This is a well thought out story line. It has twists and turns that is not expected. The only thing I couldn't understand was the fact that Arianna Belvedor was supposed to be a warrior but every time she had to fight someone she couldn't fight her way out of a wet paper bag. Everyone could beat her. She was supposed to be the best.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clearly the start of an epic adventure. Having to prove that you are worthy of gaining your freedom. I doubt I could have done what they did and the courage they showed if incredible.

Wonderfully written, feeling their fears and hopes all through it all!
Jane Balke Andersen
Lots of potential but awkward wording and a clunkiness of expression put me off. Uneven pacing. Some excellent action and suspense in some sections.

The main characters are 17 but seem much younger, more like 12.
Lauren Atkin
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belvedere: book 1

The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter- magical world revealed to an oppressed people. Intriguing premise and view that kept me reading. Hopefully book 2 keeps the same level of intrigue
Jesse Nicholas
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was super excited when Ashleigh Bello got in touch with me and offered the e-book version of her debut fantasy novel for my honest review. After reading the synopsis I knew I would be in for an exciting adventure into the world of the Four Corners! With many twists and turns this novel took me on I never knew what to expect next! So let's get to the bre
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UGH. This was such an epic read, I don't even know where to start. I couldn't believe I went through 500+ pages that fast and am now dreading having to catch up on all the work I've put off to finish this book. It was that good.

The first half had me going through so many emotions. SO MANY. I was constantly on the edge of my seat and haven't felt such an adrenaline rush while reading in years! Literally could not put the book down. It was reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter but withi
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found at My Midnight Musing

I received a copy of the eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

An exciting fantasy debut packed with plenty of twists and turns that succeeds in keeping readers on the edge of their seats and engaged in the story from start to finish.

The story focuses on freedom and in The Four Corners the only way one can gain their freedom is through a brutal fight to the
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Belvedor and the Four Corners is truly a must-read! No matter what your genre preference is, there is something for you in this amazing novel: drama, suspense, adventure, magic...and the list goes on. The author takes Arionna through a series of quests to unlock deep-hidden secrets that her world may not yet be ready to accept. With internal dialogue from the characters to keep you intregued, there was hardly a moment where I was not fully immersed in this book. Even the ending was explosive; co ...more
Sue Holmes
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc
*Review copy received from author*
DNF Did not finish
I found it difficult to immerse myself into the story. The story world had huge potential but didn't quite gel and I couldn't get the feel of it.
I got this as a Kindle freebie and it definitely surpassed my expectations. The story is kind of like the Hunger Games and Roman fighters merged together. Everyone trains to beat another contestant - at least one will die and if the other survives that person is considered the winner and are granted freedom. Arianna and Lessa were both fun characters, the other two (Jeom and Demetrius) also seem nice but I didn't have as much time to tell - I'm sure the next book will go into deeper detail about ...more
Terrie Stamey
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bergeron and the Four Corners-Very intriguing story. Great read!

This adventure leaves you wanting more of the same. Keeps your interest throughout the story. The characters of this tale are wonderful and you find yourself wrapped up in their lives. You will wind up rooting for the good guys! A great story and one you will want to read.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paints a magical picture

The story takes you on a magical adventure. The author does a wonderful job painting the story for the reader, allowing the imagination to run free.
May 28, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Kyla Orinick
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written

I loved every moment of this adventure! I can't wait to see where we go next. Don't hesitate if you are a lover of fantastical adventure.
Cary Stewart Jr
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

Very glad I started reading this, I hope the author quality of writing stays the same for the whole series.
Eclectic Heathen
A masterful beginning of a new saga

Well written, this tale was a great read with strong female characters. I cannot wait to read more of this saga.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The storyline is unusual,the characters are vivid and alive. I was very pleased with the overall book even though the end is a cliffhanger.
Florentine Lily
May 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 2%. Maybe it gets better, maybe it doesn't. Life's too short to go down that road.
Alexa Catherine
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please go checkout my review of Belvedore on my blog ...more
Patricia Burleson
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Belvedor and the Four Corners is the first book in the Belvedor Saga, and introduces us to a medieval dystopian world, where magic has been outlawed and mostly forgotten. All children are taken from their parents when they are born, and become slaves. They are separated into four different categories - healers, warriors, agrarians, and creators. No one from one sector can communicate with anyone else from a different sector. When they are eighteen, they have to participate in the Free Falls - in ...more
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Ashleigh Bello is the author of the spellbinding Belvedor Saga. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in International Studies and currently lives in New York City where she maintains a full-time career as a marketing professional. When she’s not writing, she spends her free time with her friends, practicing yoga, and daydreaming about her next adventure. The inspira ...more

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