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 which the survivors win their freedom, and the losers die. Arianna is nearing her 18th and both longs for and dreads the occasion. Arianna has friends in places she is unaware of at the beginning of the story.
This is a long book, with plenty of detail in both characters and surroundings. Possibly because of this, at times the story feels like it falters in places, becomes stuck in the current story without moving forwards. Of course, when it does move, it does so with gusto, introducing new challenges and characters. Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is an enjoyable fantasy. Recommended by me.
* Verified Purchase ~ March 2017 *
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#Coming_of_Age, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)