A few months ago, I got the chance to read an ARC (advanced reader copy) of a book by Alex Lidell, called THE CADET OF TILDOR. Oh. My. Gosh. I fell in love with this book! I savored this book. There were so many parts I absolutely loved. A lot. It's high fantasy, with political intrigue, a kick-butt heroine, and it also has a boy POV character that was fabulous. (Especially when bantering was going on.)
And it releases in TWO days! I've been dying for this book to come out so I could tell people all about it. Okay, here are the deets:
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.
Release date: Jan 10, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
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Psst! Want to have a sneak read of a scene? This is from when Savoy first learned he has to go teach at the Academy of Tildor to train their elite fighters, including the main character (Renee). Check it out:
Savoy stayed standing. “Why am I here, sir?”
“To teach.” Verin’s weathered hand took an iron teakettle off the tray and filled two cups.
“I’m a fighter, sir, and the Seventh is a combat unit. I know as little of children as my replacement knows of my men.”
Verin’s face hardened. “You are a Servant of the Crown, sworn, if memory serves me, to obey said Crown’s wishes.”
And if King Lysian even knows of my assignment, I’ll eat a goat intestine raw. Savoy
caught himself in time to swallow the words. It was not beyond Verin to take him up on the suggestion. “Is this an exercise in administrative policy, sir?”
“It is an exercise in fortifying our Servant officer cadre. The Academy believes that
a year of teaching cadets is an investment worth making.” Verin pulled up his brows. “It is a compliment to your skills, lad. One that I am proud to support.”
“It is a farce, sir. I fight in real battles, with real swords, and real consequences. I will happily demonstrate all that to whichever puppeteer arranged this ludicrousness. I—”
Verin’s palm slammed the table. The resulting din reverberated off the walls and rippled the surface of the jasmine tea. “You are twenty-three and behave like a sullen child.”
“The Academy is a living institution. We all carry out duties beyond these walls.”
Verin leaned forward and the High Constable pips on his collar caught the light. His tone took a familiar note of steel. “You may reclaim your command and re-sharpen the Seventh after dispatching your current obligations. I am not suggesting that task to be simple; I am saying it is one you will address at a later date. For the time being, your responsibilities are to your students, Commander Savoy. You are in the service of the Crown and are called to serve here.”
Savoy said nothing for a few moments. Ridiculous orders or not, if not for fostering with Verin, he’d be a guest in a prison instead of an officer in the Crown’s champion troop. “What do you expect me to teach them, sir?”
“They are the upcoming officer elites. Teach them what you think they need.”
The headmaster bored his gaze into him.
Savoy strained to keep the discontent from his voice. “Yes, sir.”
Leaning back in his chair, Verin allowed the silence to linger. Finally, he sighed. “You may go.”
Savoy bowed and braced to attention once more before starting for the door. His hand
was already on the handle when he turned back and asked softly, “Why am I here, sir?”
Verin sipped his tea, silent.
As Savoy walked away, he could not help but wonder how he would survive the coming year.
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Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and was a finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Award competition and lives in New Jersey. THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin) is her first novel.
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