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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.
I've said it once but I believe that winter is perfect time for reading fantasy. At least it is for me. I love fantasy but I must admit I could enjoy it better when I was younger. Still there are books that surprise me.
Cadet of Tildor is the book I couldn't wait to read. I requested it the same day it was up on the NetGalley and I've read it slowly so I could enjoy it. To tell you more about the book. Tildor has a new king and that's the opportunity for all criminals and people to attack the kingdom cause the king is very young. But there are people ready to stop that. They are students of Academy of Tildor. It's a school for elite soldiers and it's mostly school for boys. Only Renee de Winter has a goal. She wants to become one of the soldiers. It won't be easy for her for maintain in a male world. Especially when her mentor thinks that that's not a job for her. He couldn't even dream what would happen and how their life would get so complicated.
It took me some time to get into this story cause the beginning was slower. Later I realized that there is a point in that. To understand Renee we first had to understand her relationship with her father. At the end you get a book full of action and fantasy, but also emotions. My rating is 4.5 stars but as I don't have half starts.
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 re-united 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.
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