Title: The Cadet of Tildor
Author: Alex Lidell
Publish Date: Jan. 10th, 2013
“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.”
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.
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.
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