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The Cadet of Tildor

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,425 Ratings  ·  259 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Dial
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Rachel Carter
Mar 17, 2015 Rachel Carter rated it really liked it
Buddy read with my two Tamora Pierce BFF's (Monica & Meg): 2/13 - 2/15/15.

4 out of 5 stars. *It could have been 5, if only there had been a bit of romance to relieve all that tension between two certain characters. I would recommend to fans of Tamora Pierce, Divergent, or Mulan.

Please excuse the excessive use of Mulan GIF’s <3

PROS: Lots of awesome training to the limits, medieval times, magic, and a moment of Gladiator-type fighting. The book was mostly fast-paced and easy to follow, and
Jan 04, 2013 Leeanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, arcs, for-review
I’m going to start this review off in an unusual way: I’m going to list all the things that aren’t in The Cadet of Tildor.

— Love triangles.
— Romance.
— Swooning girls.
— Weak characters.
— “I’m so special, everything is going to go just my way” heroine.

Instead, what do we have?
A kick ass main character named Renee.
Fighting. Lots of fighting.
A politically heavy storyline.
An engaging cast of side characters.

If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know that I was jumping up and down for joy afte
I suppose, in many ways, I didn't give The Cadet of Tildor much of a chance. I painstakingly read through the first quarter of this book before giving into my desire to skim the pages until I was nearly half-way through the novel and began to realize I was well and truly wasting my time. The Cadet of Tildor is not a bad novel, but it just wasn't one for me. As a high fantasy junkie who has grown up reading Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, and Megan Whalen Turner, ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, absolutely loved this book! Fans of GRACELING will want this book in their hands. Teachers will want to read and recommend this book. Librarians, put this book on your shelf and pimp it out. I wish I were still in the classroom to read it out loud to my students, I loved this book that much.

The writing is so smooth and well crafted I was absorbed in this story for one day reading from beginning to end. I completely invested in the characters: the young, courageous heroine Renee, th
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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I've said it once but I believe that winter is perfect time for reading fantasy. At least it is for me. I love fantasy but I must admit I could enjoy it better when I was younger. Still there are books that surprise me.

Cadet of Tildor is the book I couldn't wait to read. I requested it the same day it was up on the NetGalley and I've read it slowly so I could enjoy it. To tell you more about the book. Tildor has a new king and that's the opportunity for a
Jan 10, 2013 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Original review published on The Book Smugglers

It is almost impossible to approach The Cadet of Tildor without sky-high expectations as it has been touted as a meeting of heavy-weight Fantasists Tamora Pierce and George R. R. Martin. To be honest, those expectations are not exactly fair considering this is a debut novel and as such appropriate adjustments are necessary – once this is done The Cadet of Tildor becomes a solid, enjoyable-if-flawed YA Fantasy.

Renee de Winter is a cadet at the Academ
Dec 03, 2015 Alexa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alexa by: tarawrawr
(Originally posted on the blog)

This is one of those instances (and they happen to fairly often) where I truly, deeply loved a book so much that I'm afraid that my review will not be able to do it justice. The Cadet of Tildor reminded me of exactly why I love reading fantasy. When an author creates an world and does it well, I love it. When an author brings to life a character in a way that makes it feel as if they've always existed, I love it. When fantastical elements, like magic and swords and
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
Jan 09, 2013 Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ) rated it it was amazing
**Originally on Read-A-holicZ, HERE!**

WOAH, Where to begin?! This was one of my most anticipated books of 2013, I expected fantasy, action, fierceness and overall greatness. But what i got was MORE than i ever expected!! I completely devoured this book & literally stayed up until my eyes closed in sleep.

I just want to say that the world that Alex Lidell has created is one of the best I've ever read about. From the very first page your immersed in the world & underlings of Tildor. Yes,
Gretchen Hohmeyer
Jan 03, 2013 Gretchen Hohmeyer rated it it was amazing
There are moments, when you finish a book, that you just go, “Yes.” You put down your book or ereader and just sit there for a few minutes because YES. Especially lately, for me, when all my blog reading has been rushed and not entirely enjoyable. THIS IS WHY I LOVE BLOGGING, books like this.

I will say right from the get-go that I am a HUGE Tamora Pierce fan. She basically structured my childhood. One of my favorites was her series The Protector of the Small. The main character, Kel, and Renee w
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)

I am a huge fan of George R.R. Martin, so to compare another writer's work to his is a huge deal. The people behind The Cadet of Tildor had bravely made this comparison, and I'm more than glad to know it lived up to it.

Renee de Winter was supposed to be a lady, learning to one day take over his lord father's estates, but instead, she chose to enroll into the Academy of Tildor and train to become an elite soldier. She chose this path
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Oct 24, 2012 Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) rated it it was amazing
OMG please tell me this isn't a stand alone?!?!?! I need MOAR!!! I freaking loved this book!!!!!
Jan 02, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a story! Full of twists and turns and difficult choices, Lidell has written a book that is not only an exciting, intense read, but thought-provoking with serious ethical and moral questions. I found the book compelling and definitely one of my all time favorite reads. Here's why.

Characters: Renee makes a fabulous main character. Not only is she determined and courageous but loyal as well. Not that she is perfect, she is far from it. She, like most people, makes some foolish decisions a
Feb 24, 2013 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
The problems with The Cadet of Tildor begin with the blurb on the book's cover: Should she follow the law - or follow her instincts?

Well, now, that should be a no-brainer, especially for someone who's read Tamora Pierce. You follow the law, and if the law's bad, then you fix the law, and you follow it. The way the blurb is phrased suggests that the protagonist's instincts are better than the law, and to me, that's about two steps away from anarchy. After all, if you let one person follow her ins
Jessica Noreault
Sep 04, 2012 Jessica Noreault rated it it was amazing
Amazing, kick ass scenes, that leave you craving more!
All I can say about this book, is that it was better than I had hoped. It left you guessing the whole time, and came together at the end very nicely. You never get bored with it, and the second you think you have something figured out BAM Lidell hits you with a new twist to it!

Overall summary of the book
De Winters is a young girl who just wants to protect her people from the vicious deeds of a group called 'the family'. To do this she is work
S.M. Blooding
Aug 25, 2012 S.M. Blooding rated it it was amazing
I'm currently not awake yet, but I just realized this was sitting on the wrong shelf. Wow! I'm such a dork!

This book is AMAZING!! Its a truly empowering book for young women and I really want my daughters to read it. The characters are fantastically penned. I love Renee, loved watching her struggle, fighting with her as she tried to prove herself to the boys, and truly enjoyed watching her grow! Savoy is fantastic as well. He's just so strong and yet so flawed. I LOVE it!

The plot and the polit
Jun 20, 2016 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars. A straightforward YA fantasy novel with a nice premise, good execution and mercifully, no emphasis on teenage romance. Engaging in the end, too. I liked the ride.

“Friends need not like each other’s choices to guard each other’s backs, right?”
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Cadet Of Tildor is a BRILLIANT read! I first have to say that Alex Lidell did a great job bringing us a world that I absolutely love. I am a huge history buff and I love how the knights fought for what was right and what is more impressive is the main character in Tildor is a female! Yes you heard me right the main character is a female and she is one kick butt heroine. She knows what she wants and she goes after it. Sometimes she is infuriating because she sees the world as right or wrong n ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
**4.5 stars**

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I love a good fantasy. What's more I love a good fantasy with a coming of age, kick-butt heroine. Check and check. This book had it all for me. Maybe a little more in the romance department Lidell. But if there's a sequel, and I'm betting there will be, please put in a little more smooching. And that smooching better be between Renee and Savoy. That would be perfect...

The Setting
Against her father's wished, Renee is en
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Feb 07, 2013 Raina {The LUV'NV} rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy Lovers
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
It's so hard writing reviews for books I absolutely love. I feel as if I can't ever give them the justice they deserve, and I don't want to give too much away or build your expectations so high that you walk away disappointed. The Cadet of Tildor is one of those stories. After turning the last page and closing the book, I sighed and pet the backcover a little because I was so satisfied, as well as a bit sad that it was over.

Alex Lidell created a wonderful, exciting world I wanted to live and
Claire Caterer
Jan 09, 2013 Claire Caterer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
How lucky was I to be able to read Alex Lidell's brand-spanking-new novel just before its debut! While weighing in at just over 400 pages, Lidell's tale of a splintering fantasy kingdom with a female cadet striving to prove herself at its hub actually races along. The worldbuilding is swift and sure, not overburdened with needless detail but brimming with verisimilitude. Heroine Renee de Winter, her training academy, and even the gladiator-like battles unfold in cinematic detail and color.

Renee de Winter never wanted to be a lady, she wanted to protect her country, Tildor. That's why she is attending the Academy of Tildor instead of glamorous balls. How is she going to protect her country by studying, some of you might ask. Well, you see the Academy of Tildor is not just any school, it's the only school that trained an unique type of military officers called Servants (because they serve the Crown and the people).
You just gotta love and admire Renee and her persistence. She does n
Kris Irvin
Sep 06, 2016 Kris Irvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, 2013, 2016
Good gravy I loved this book. GUYS. It's a SELF CONTAINED NOVEL. Those are so rare to find these days. I mean, it COULD continue on, but it won't KILL you if it doesn't. I give it an extra star JUST FOR THAT.

Also the characters I love them. I love the story. I love the world. It reminded me of Mercedes Lackey (who I love) and Tamora Pierce (who I also love.) Thus, I will be buying this book. I realize this review gives you no information whatsoever but I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH I NEED TO GO
Meg (Realm of the Reader)
Mar 23, 2015 Meg (Realm of the Reader) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Monica and Rachel

Discovered this book on good reads as a recommendation for fans of Tamora Pierce.

And I love Tamora Pierce, so naturally, after reading Alex Lidell's bio and discovering that she ALSO loves Tamora Pierce, I needed to put this book on my "read this very soon list".

And it is true, fans of Tamora Pierce will love this book. It starts out in a training academy-style setting very similar to Pierce's Lionness and Protector of the Small quartets. The main character is
Kristina Snyder
Nov 12, 2012 Kristina Snyder rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book!!! I am participating in a traveling ARC tour so my review will be posted in January!!! This is a book everyone should read!!!
♥ Unaeve ♥
May 27, 2015 ♥ Unaeve ♥ rated it really liked it
Very entertaining, i loved it :) It's one of those books you feel like you have to read to the end in one sitting!
Feb 23, 2013 Zainab rated it it was amazing
I can't decide between a 4 and a 5 and 4.5 isn't sufficient on gr, but I think I'm going to have to go with my gut feeling the second I turned to the last (totally cheesy) page, of satisfaction. I haven't been able to read a novel for so long and those that I do pick up don't hold my interest for more than a couple chapters. But no, this was entirely different.

To be honest, the mention of Tamora Pierce had me interested and the blurb had me hooked. As soon as I read it I decided to order and tha
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
I had previously do a spotlight and a guestpost for the pre-release of this book and there was no way to say no, on reviewing too. It's the usual YA Epic Fantasy book, and after finishing Cinda Williams Chima's The Seven Realms series i felt empty. And i'm so happy that i did. Because it was as good!!

There are great characters, mystery, action with and original, compelling world and a really interesting system of magic and how the world thought and work with it. There was a sense on the academy
Dec 25, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok
BookNook — Young Adult book review

The Cadet of Tildor was a big disappointment for me. I wanted a kickass girl power book with a steamy hot romance that defied the world and Graceling-esque epicness. But I got none of that. And at the end of the day, Renee didn't even kick much ass. She was a girl trying to kick ass, but she never really succeeded (at least not to the standard I was hoping for).

I think one of my main problems with this book is that the characters lacked depth and none of them we
Unabridged Bookshelf
Jan 02, 2013 Unabridged Bookshelf rated it it was amazing
Sword fights, a kingdom on the edge of disaster, and add a heroine who just wants to prove herself worthy makes The Cadet of Tildor a must read for any Fantasy fan. I do not usually pick up Fantasy novels, but I loved the premise so I knew I had to try it. I am so glad that I picked up The Cadet of Tildor, because it is well written and highly enjoyable. Renee de Winter is such a strong, albeit stubborn female lead that you cannot help but root for her. Renee has to fight twice as hard as the bo ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ARC provided by Natalie Aguirre at Literary Rambles
Shelves: fantasy
Alex Lidell has created some wonderful characters for this world of Tildor. I especially liked sixteen year old Renee de Winter. When her father gives her an ultimatum, leave the Academy or never be welcomed at their home again, she sticks to her convictions and returns to school. You see, Renee has always dreamed of being a protector for Tildor, to be among the elite Champions trained to protect the King. Renee is strong, determined and above all a fighter who early on thinks she has to beat th ...more
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Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). Alex started writing at 2 am.

2 am is when the night turns to introspection, when dorm-room conversations flourish to life. The ones where you ask “what if” - realizing that if an answer seems obvious, then you don’t know the whole story. The ones where you sketch plans for your next project, your f
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