Author: Alex Lidell
Published: January 10th 2013 by Dial
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
My ThoughtsTen or so years ago I discovered Tamora Pierce's novels, which really introduced me to the fantasy genre, and always had a strong female MC. The Cadet of Tildor fits right into the Tamora Pierce comparison, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it.
It did take me a few chapters to really find myself sucked into the story but soon the characters and action had me hooked. At first I didn't think I was going to like Renee much but she changed for the better, and kicked serious butt along the way! I of course am a Savoy fangirl. I swooned for the green eyes, and demanding personality, loved how he cared for his younger brother, and he kicked butt too.
Overall, The Cadet of Tildor was pure awesome. I loved the medieval setting, magic, and sword fights. Renee and Savoy scenes were fun to read (they can both be so hard headed), and there are chapters from Savoy's POV which I enjoyed. So, if you're a fan of fantasy I'd definitely recommend this one.
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