January 10, 2013

Review of The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell with G!veaway


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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.

add to goodreadsThe Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell Publication Date:  January 10, 2013 Publisher:  Dial

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MaryAnn New

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.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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  1. Monica C.

    I love reading historical fiction with romance and fantasy into the mix. I think this book is all that and more. I would love to read this book and check if we have the same opinion when I write a review for this, too. :)

  2. Dita Škarste

    I want to win this book because I love fantasy books, especially the ones that are set in Medieval times like setting. George R. R. Martin is one of my favorite authors, looks like Alex Lidell has a potential to become one also! :)

    Thanks for making it INT!

  3. Sarah k

    I really like authors Tamora Pierce and Kristen Cashore, so I’m interested in trying this book.

  4. Filia Oktarina

    Sounds interesting, and i always love read Historical story.

  5. Natalie Cleary

    I want to read it simply because it sounds awesome and I love fantasy books :)

  6. Natalie Aguirre

    II’m half way into this and really enjoying it. It reminds me of Tamora Pierce’s characters too. But darn it, I’m still hoping there will be a romance. Sigh. Thanks for the great review.

  7. Gaby

    I want to read this book because I love high fantasy, and this book looks pretty awesome, really my kind of thing. It seems like it has a great story and great characters to go with it.

  8. Anne C

    They say it has been inspired by The Lord of The Rings. I want to read and see for myself. :)

  9. Ems

    High fantasy has always been my thing and I’ve always wanted more YA-feeling options. This totally sounds like it fits the bill! I hadn’t heard of it before now, so thank you for posting…and for the giveaway!

  10. Samantha D

    I LOVE action books!

  11. Majuchan

    Wow… When I saw this my eyes did pop. Hahaha… I love fantasy books esp. with medieval settings… Wow! Thanks for this.

  12. larissa

    I want to read this book because I love Tamora Pierce, George R R Martin and fantasy!

  13. Brittany Utley

    sounds like its so full of action and i love me some action!

  14. Brittany Utley

    sounds full of action and i love action in a book.

  15. corey

    I’ll read anything but I’ve read some previews and it seems like an interesting read.

  16. Anastasia

    I love the cover,the plot seems great and I really like reading this kind of books! :)

  17. OH MY GOD! WHo wouldn’t want to read the Cadet of Tildor!! I love love LOVE Tamora Pierce when I was a child and was actually thinking of re-reading the series :) I absolutely LOVE the concept of the plot and the chance to read about a strong kick-ass heroine = perfect mix for a great YA Fantasy read!

  18. Jolene A

    I think it sounds like a great read and something not only that I would like, but also my son and my husband

  19. Abby

    It looks awesome

  20. Anatea

    It sounds like a really great fantasy book.

  21. Angie

    High fantasies are my favorite genre, so The Cadet of Tildor is a must.

  22. Holly B

    Oh, I have wanted to read this book since I FIRST heard about it – and let me tell you, that was a LONG, LONG time ago!!! :) I can’t wait and just know that I’m going to love it. Historical fiction and fantasy are – no lie – my top two favorite genres to read, so this one is darn near PERFECT for me!! It’s like she wrote it just for me or something :) I also love the story behind it, how she won an award for the story in its original form and then it was picked up by a major publisher and, now, is FINALLY out as CADET! I am really, really looking forward to reading this one, and would love to have my very own copy. Thanks, ladies!

  23. Holly Letson

    It sounds like it would be an interesting read.

  24. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I want to read it because it sounds so good and I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book. And I love this genre. I’ve actually tried to win this one before and I’m going to try again!! Thank you for a chance to win this great book!!

  25. Stephanie

    I love epic high fantasy stories with strong characters!

  26. krsz

    Seems like a nice book

  27. Grace Lo

    I’m dying to read this because a ton of my go-to bloggers RAVED about it, and its amazing plot! Besides, I’m looking for a fantasy fix, since I haven’t gotten one of those in a long while.

  28. Llehn

    I live strong female characters! So few role models out there.

  29. Courtney

    Looks like a great book!

  30. Armando Read

    I want to read this book because the story sounds really good, it’s not I usually read.

  31. Mary

    Sounds interesting. I hope I get the chance to read it!


  32. brittni

    this book sounds really good!

  33. Meaka Kyel

    I want to read this book because I am a die hard fantasy nut. Strange worlds take me away from this one and I love it. :)

  34. Lynn K.

    I love fantasy books and strong heroines!

  35. librarypat

    I was a children’s librarian for several years and have been thrilled with the quality and quantity of books coming out in the YA field the past 10 to 15 years. Many are fantasy/paranormal, but that has its advantages. It allows the author and readers to explore the issues of growing young people in a way that is not talking down to them. Teens see the issues they are dealing with expanded and presented in an adventurous way. They may not be able toslay dragons, but they can relate to the young peraon challenging their world and proving themselves.

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