Tuesday, 15 December 2020

#BlogTour Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello


Today it's the last day and my turn on the BlogTour Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello.

About the Author

Ashleigh Bello graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in International Studies. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she maintains a full-time career as a marketing professional. When she's not writing, she spends her free time with friends, practicing yoga, and daydreaming about her next adventure. 

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About the book

Arianna has only ever dreamed of winning her freedom from the Four Corners—a cold and cruel city where all the children of the world are kept, each with an opportunity to earn their citizenship upon their seventeenth year. Just months away from her ultimate battle, she is certain that her notable skills as a warrior-slave will give her an edge during the annual Free Falls Festivals: Free for the slaves who earn their citizenship; Falls for the ones who die.

But Arianna’s talent with a sword cannot outmaneuver the burning curiosities of her heart, leading her to reveal a shocking secret about King Devlindor and his long-standing reign as High King of Olleb-Yelfra. The world as she knows it is a lie, its true spellbinding history exploited and suppressed under centuries of deceitful acts.

Her world turned upside down with new, unfathomable knowledge, Arianna must make a choice that could change her life forever—ignore the truth and continue following the path laid out for her since birth or break free from her chains and carve her own way… if she can survive.

Immerse yourself in this addictive YA Epic Fantasy adventure as Arianna is thrust on a thrilling journey to uncover magic and earn her right to freedom.

Belvedor and the Four Corners is a recipient of the 2017 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Award.

Review

Arianna is bound to a life of slavery and dreams of being free. She is a warrior slave, taught to fight and survive the coming battle for her freedom. Her world is turned upside down when an unexpected event exposes her to world of lies and betrayal. It changes her perspective on everything.

Shades of Logan's Run came to mind when it came to what Arianna thinks she is working towards. Achieving certain things and age to be released from the life of a slave, to be released from the daily fear of being picked out and disposed of like a piece of rubbish.

Bello has created an interesting premise, however the story does need to be tightened up a bit. Certain plot elements are drawn out a little too long and there's this feeling that the YA category is curbing the development perhaps. And for someone who is supposed to be a warrior she gets her butt whooped quite a bit - she has an anti-heroine vibe going on, which is balanced out by her age and naivet√©. 

I think as the author hones her craft the saga and story will become stronger. A YA epic fantasy with plenty of potential.

Buy Belvedor and the Four Corners at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Northwoods House Publishing; pub date 1 Oct. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

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