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Posted January 11, 2013
'The Cadet of Tildor' is a wonderfully written and fast-paced yo
'The Cadet of Tildor' is a wonderfully written and fast-paced young adult fantasy novel that follows Renee de Winter - a young woman who is striving to graduate from the Academy and be inducted into the Service of the Crown. She is pushing herself to succeed and to prove herself worthy of serving. Outside of the Academy, there is a young new king on the throne and two powerful crime families who are battling for control of Tildor. On top of these outside threats, Renee's mentor and instructor is kidnapped by one of the families and will be forced to fight in the gladiator games. It is up to Renee and her best friend Alec to come to his rescue, all while trying to determine if what is legal and what is right are not always the same thing.
This was a very interesting and action packed novel that features a strong female lead. Renee wasn't put on a pedestal as your typical kick-butt heroine. She has flaws and weaknesses that are visible early on in the story, but she continues on with perseverance and courage - which makes her a worthy main character and heroine of the tale. The plot has many layers and has lots of different sub-plots occurring simulataneously throughout the book. I thought that the way they were written made them flow together effortlessly instead of confusing the reader or battling for the top storyline. I enjoyed reading about the history of Tildor - the Academy, the country, the people - it was very interesting and incredibly detailed. The characters were unique and had distinct personalities, which made it easy to identify with them. The plot was multi-faceted with several stories overlapping, but it made the story all the richer and more exciting to read. The writing was very well done and easily immersed me into the story. There was definitely a lot of action, adventure, a bit of romance, and some suspense woven in. Overall, this novel was a fantastically written story with great world building and an intriguing plot. Fans of fantasy novels will not want to miss it!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted June 10, 2013
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The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
Publication Date: January 10, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Public library
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
What I Liked:
I have always said that a mix of fantasy and medieval fiction is my favorite genre (like, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Or Fire by Kristin Cashore). My expectations for this book were very, very high, and for the most part, I was not disappointed.
I really liked Renee. I thought she was a tough yet vulnerable girl, who grew from beginning to end. I liked her role in this book - not everything was about her. This book is written in thried person limited, in which we get to see the points of view fo Renee and Savoy most often. So, it did not seem like everything was about Renee and her decisions, which was nice. Even though at times, everything had to be about Renee. But it was brought about differently than most books. It was not the fate of the world (or the kingdom) on her shoulders.
I liked Savoy a lot - possibly more than I liked Renee. We get to see much from his peerspective, which is refreshing. We get tosee his struggles with teaching at the Academy, and his desire to be with the Seventh. It is clear to me that he is a fierce, confident warrior, and I love that about him.
The world-building in this novel is excellent. I was never confused about the setting or the characters or the magical part of the book. Everything was brought across clearly, so even non-fantasy lovers will understand the complex nature that fantasies usually possess. I liked the magic element to this book - and I am happy that Renee does not have some "special ability", like most protagonists of fantasy and paranormal novels usually have.
YAY there is no love triangle, but... there also is no romance (see below).
What I Did Not Like:
My biggest problem with is the ending, and there were several things wrong with it. First, the romance is not resolved. I know, I know, I just said there is no romance. Well, there is sort of. We KNOW Renee has feelings for Savoy. And vice versa. But they do NOTHING throughout the book, like, no interaction in a romantic way. Which is fine, I guess. But sometimes, during some scenes, you can just FEEL the chemistry between two of them. It's not the kind of chemistry you find in romance books - no, it's more subtle and simple than that.
My point is, it is there. And the ending made no resolution for the obvious romance between Renee and Savoy. Which really, really bothered me, because the author totally led us to believe that there was! Or at least, that's how I saw it. So, yeah, the ending was not good enough for me, in terms of romance. I wanted to see more from Renee and Savoy.
Also, I wanted more of a resoution about the Family and Vipers and Madam situation. Maybe I just didn't really understand what had happened at the end (which I feel like is NOT the case), but it felt like something was lacking, or waiting to be wrapped up.
I talked to the author on Twitter, and she said that she is working on a sequel. So, I did not knock off more than one star, because I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt with this one. I loved this book, right up until the very end. I am willing to put my feelings aside and wait for the next book.
Would I Recommend It:
Yes, HIGHLY. Fantasy lovers will enjoy this book, but romance lovers will not. Be aware of this.
4 stars. Probably more like 3.5 stars, but I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt.
Posted January 7, 2013
Right from the start The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell reminded
Right from the start The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell reminded me little of Throne of Glass. Or, well, Renee de Winter reminded me a bit of Celaena Sardothian. She's a strong female character who can, no doubt, kick butt in a fight. But at second glance, they might seem less alike. Where Celaena is all arrogance about her talents, Renee was a Lady who's been told she isn't as strong as the boys and can't make it as a champion of Tildor. She takes that criticism and works harder for it. She refuses to let anyone shatter her dream, her need, to become a Servant of Tildor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I immediately fell in love with Renee's instructor, Commander Savoy. He is not only strong and challenges Renee to work harder, but he's also a pretty hilariously immature character. You wouldn't think so from his cold, strict demeanor, but he's just got a way about him that says he was the trickster in his class at the Academy. Plus, his relationship with his little brother while their mercenary parents are away on a mission is so sweet. It really shows another side to the tough as nails Commander of the Seventh.
I said The Cadet of Tildor reminded me of Throne of Glass, and it does, but for all of the people who read Throne of Glass and wished for a little more action The Cadet of Tildor finally delivers. It's action packed, whether its attacks on the Crown or just Renee training. Plus there's the politics of the gang war going on between the Family and the Vipers. There's a lot to keep readers entertained.
My only problem was the multiple points of view throughout the book, but it's a small problem. At first, I wasn't a fan of constant POV switches, but by a few chapters in I realized that, even though I don't personally enjoy multiple POV's that much, it worked for this story. It rounded out the characters and gave you perspective into aspects of the story that you wouldn't have gotten if it had been solely told from Renee's point of view.
I highly suggest The Cadet of Tildor to anyone looking for a great fantasy in the same vein as Throne of Glass or Graceling. Between the strong and feisty Renee, the swoon worthy Savoy, and the rich and imaginative Tildor, you can't go wrong with this one.
Posted March 3, 2013
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Posted November 26, 2013
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