January 10, 2013
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Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.
** This title was provided to us by the author for an honest review. We were in no way paid for our opinions **The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell was a pleasant surprise! It held my attention from the very first page all the way to the very end. I was engrossed in the lives that were entertained in this amazing book and was in dire need of knowing what was going to happen next. The Cadet of Tildor follows the story of Cade Renee de Winter. A strong-willed, very determined sixteen year old girl who’s life’s ambition is to become a servant of the Crown, an elite group of soldiers that protect Tildor. With a father who does not agree with her decision or her dreams and an Academy where she must prove herself just as strong and able as her male counterparts, Renee finds she must now work even harder to impress her new instructor…the infamous Servant Commander Korish Savoy, leader of the Seventh. But it seems that her hard headedness and need to prove herself may be her downfall. With the Vipers (a notorious crime organization) kidnapping people and children off the street as a threat to the new King, Savoy finds himself at the losing end of a threat, and it seems that it is now up to Renee and her best friend Alec to find Savoy and stop the Vipers from hurting more people and maybe starting a war. And it’s during this self-appointed mission where Renee learns what exactly it takes to become the soldier she has always wanted to be. The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell was such an addictive read. I found myself hardly able to put it down! I stayed up later and woke up earlier just so that I could crack open this book and continue on with the story. It had a very Graceling/Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore feel to it. I wanted to be live and breathe the story of Cadet Renee de Winter. I find that the sheer determination that Renee has in this book is such a wonderful example of a strong female lead. Renee would allow nothing to get in her way of her main objective, and I also really enjoyed the fact that during her struggles, she learns more about herself and about how to truly be great. Don’t even begin to think that this is a love story. Not in the least! Even with such a sexy, crush worthy male lead like Korish Savoy. I couldn’t get enough of his hot headed attitude, his greater than thou persona, and his sweetness that comes out time after time. When I thought that there was no way that I would even begin to like him again…after a certain incident…the truth comes out as to why he did what he did, and I fell even harder for this bad boy. No, no dear readers. This is not a love story. There is no love. I’m sure that yes, there may be a chaste kiss, but no goo goo eyes, no “I can’t pay attention because I’m swooning over you all the time” … there is the school girl crush, but even that grows into something else. Respect…inspiration even. I think this could be why I really enjoyed reading The Cadet of Tildor. It didn’t have the mask of a love story to try and cloud up the awesome adventures found within the pages. Yes, there was an obvious person that the reader would most likely crush on, but there was no love story build up. Very refreshing and loved every minute of it. The Cadet of Tildor is a fast paced read, with memorable characters, and even more memorable storyline that will have you begging for more! Fans of Fantasy reads, Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce type reads will absolutely fall in love with The Cadet of Tildor. I know that I’ve found a new favorite author with AlexLidell. Now, please tell me there’s going to be a number 2!! I am in need of more Savoy! About the Author:
Alex is a YA fantasy author, a Tamora Pierce addict, a horse rider, and paramedic.
The latter two tend to hand in hand a bit more often than one would like.
Alex started writing at 2 am.
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