Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: The Cadet of Tidor by Alex Lidell

  • Publisher: Dial (Penguin imprint)
  • Publication date: 1/10/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Cadet of Tildor

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 Thoughts

Not being a typical genre for me to read, this book really was great. It was full of action and adventure, and not to mention a totally kick ass main character. Oh, and lets not forget Savoy. Oh my was he awesome. There was definitely something more with them, but they both dance around it. So as far as romance goes in this book, really there isn't any, but there is tons of potential for one in the future books. This book was so entertaining to read and I was dying to know what would happen next in the story. Oh, and it is told in alternating POV's too which I love!!

Renee is a very strong willed character. She doesn't always make the right decisions and can be a bit naive at times, but it makes her that much more realistic and believable. She is very tough, but you do see her weak side. Above all of that, she is who she wants to be. She will not let people determine her fate. She won't let people tell her she can't do something because she is a girl or because it's not what she was born into. I loved how she never gave up and she keeps pushing even when it's dangerous, or even stupid. She is one awesome chick!!

Savoy is a bit of a mystery through a lot of the book. He comes across as a harsh, unforgiving jerk for a lot of the book, but when we start to get to know the real him we discover he has been made to be how he is by the past. He may come off as a jerk, but it's because he has to. He is much smarter than you think at first. Very perceptive too. The things he does are all for a reason. I can't really say much more about him without going into things that might be spoilery, so just know that I think he is amazing!!

This book was so full of awesome!! I loved the scenes at the academy, but what I loved more was when Renee finds herself out in a very dangerous place, risking her life to save Savoy. All the secrets and deception had me so wrapped up in this story. My mind couldn't rest until I finished this book. When I went to bed I would be thinking about it and wanting to wake up to read a few more chapters. It was the type of story that engages you. You become invested in the characters and their story. You want to know if they will be okay or not. This book was fantastic and I can't wait for more!!



17 comments:

  1. I was asked to take part in the blog tour, and I didn't jade a lot if time to read, so I did a guest post. I wish I had read, b/c everyone seems to be loving The Cadet of Tildor! Your enthusiasm for the story shows, Amy. Great review!

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised since I don't typically read a lot of books like this. I really enjoyed it and I am glad that I decided to read it. I am looking forward to the next one!

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  2. Definitely going to put this on my list. Not a big fantasy reader, but I've heard good things!

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    1. I'm not big on fantasy either, but I really enjoyed this one!

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  3. Glad you enjoyed this one. Looked interesting. I had the trailer on my tour stop and it was pretty good.

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    1. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I don't tend to read a lot of fantasy.

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  4. I was iffy about this one when I got the tour invite. Fantasy is not my genre at all--but when I do like them, I love them. Like Shadow and Bone and Smoke and Bone. Anyways, the reviews for this one are really positive! Like I've not seen a negative review yet. Renee sounds likeable and realistic which is awesome, and I also love multiple POVs when it's done right. You can get so much more out of the story and characters that way I find. Fab review, darling!!

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    1. I haven't read Shadow and Bone yet because I am not a huge fantasy reader, but I do want to just because of the reviews. That was what made me want to read this and I'm glad I did.

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  5. I like book that have great fantasy and epic adventures! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Its so fun when you read something you don't normally and you love it!

    Valerie

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  7. Great recuew! I'm not one to normally pick up this genre either but last year I gave it a shot and actually enjoyed a few books. This one sounds really interesting so definitely adding it to my list.

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    1. Wow that was a spelling fail. *Great review!" :)

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  8. Fantasy is my favorite genre and this is one I have been dying to read! I'm glad you really liked it! Hopefully sometime this year I can read it!

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  9. This doesn't seem my thing at all either but I have seen amazing reviews for it. I do like Game of Thornes so maybe I might like this too. I do love lots of action, adventure, deception and all that which is what has made me try more fantasies lately. I also love alternating POVs. I think it might be my favorite actually.

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  10. Hmmm...I've been hearing good things about this book. I might have to check out the audio.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  11. I LOVE that you enjoyed this one. Especially that it isn't you're usual read! I've been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it and your review only added fuel to the fire :D Awesome review chick!

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  12. Like you, I'm not a big fan of high fantasy. However I have read a couple Tamora Pierce books and I LOVE the Game of Thrones TV show. I wasn't planning to read the Cadet of Tidor but your review has made me start to reconsider. Renee sounds like a badass heroine. I'm very eager to learn more about Savoy as well. You wrote a very teasing review :P

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