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.
WOAH, Where to begin?! This was one of my most anticipated books of 2013, I expected fantasy, action, fierceness and overall greatness. But what i got was MORE than i ever expected!! I completely devoured this book & literally stayed up until my eyes closed in sleep. I just want to say that the world that Alex Lidell has created is one of the best I've ever read about. From the very first page your immersed in the world & underlings of Tildor. Yes, there is a ruling king but there are also 2 opponent forces in Tilder; the Family & the Vipers. I very much liked the controlled Atham and the Vipers's home, Catar. Both in Tildor and yet both very different. Another thing is there are fighter's like Renee & Mage's beings with the power to control & heal people through there life energy. (pretty scary & cool!) The world makes me both intrigued and captivated. One of the things that I loved about the Cadet of Tildor was that it wasn't just Renee's POV but had the POV's of both Savoy (commander of an elite Tildor force) and Alec (Renee's cadet friend). That really made me connect to the characters and the story so much more, because we got a wider view of the story. Each character had there secret's and just like a double edged sword could turn from one way to another. They could be your best friend one minute but then a secret is leaked and they become your enemy. I liked uncovering each character and what they each had to lose and gain in Tildor. I must say that Savoy & his brother Diam were my FAVORITE characters. Savoy seems tough as steel but he has his reason's and he really grows on you. He suffered a lot and might seem like an ass but he's really not, much :P Renee too, she was a girl cadet fighting to stay in the Academy but proved to be fierce & cunning once the story moves on. There are a lot of characters that WILL SURPRISE YOU. What I liked about the plot was that you never knew what was going to happen just like with the characters. It never lacked action & had a lot of twists. I think that kept me so captivated by the story. Especially when a certain hot commander gives his life for his brother, sorry but there were really intense parts that MADE FEEL so MANY EMOTIONS. I cried, i felt the betrayals, I felt the frustration, the anger, the relief, I laughed, I smiled right along with the characters. We start at the academy and end right back there but SO MANY things have happened that it feels SO different than the start. AH!!!! Can i just say that that ending was both great and heart wrenching. There is a romance but it's very subtle and sweet yet at times stressing. I think i had a few tears there at the end. I SO NEED MORE!!! @_@ Overall, this was an EPICLY great fantasy book that captured me and still has me in it's clutches. It went above what i was expecting! I HIGHLY recommend you pick this As soon as it's available! 5/5 AMAZING STARS!
Totally AMAZING! My mind was entranced and it blew me away!
About the Author:
Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). Although English is Alex’s primary language, it wasn’t her first. Coming from Russia, Alex learned english in elementary school and fell in love with reading when the school librarian put Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA into her hands. Years later, in college, it was another book that reunited Alex with russian, which she had shunned in adolescence. The Three Musketeers.* Alex thanks both books, and the writers who created them. Beyond writing, Alex is also a photographer, a horseback rider, and a paramedic. The latter two go hand in hand more often than one would like. She is trying to self-teach herself and her horse to sword-fight. Alex would love to see THE CADET OF TILDOR in the classroom and is working on developing teacher guides for the novel. She enjoys “e-meeting” both students and educators.Find and Follow her on: Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Website
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