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The Cadet of Tildor

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,748 ratings  ·  288 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 E. Carter
Buddy read with my two Tamora Pierce BFF's (Monica & Meg): 2/13 - 2/15/15.

I only wish 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 the protagonist was headstrong and tough as
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, arcs, i-own
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
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 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/James
Review is also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

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
Jan 09, 2013 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
Nov 27, 2012 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)
Jun 10, 2012 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, there
Jan 11, 2013 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
Gretchen Hohmeyer
Jan 02, 2013 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
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)
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG please tell me this isn't a stand alone?!?!?! I need MOAR!!! I freaking loved this book!!!!!
Oct 14, 2012 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
Jessica Noreault
Jun 11, 2012 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
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it

The land of Tildor is beset with enemies both within and without as a young and inexperienced king takes the throne after the death of his sickly father; a powerful neighboring country tests Tildor's borders and two powerful criminal organizations, the Family and the Vipers, run rampant, taking over entire cities and demanding tribute and protection money from the nobility.

Lady Renee de Winter is a Cadet at the military Academy of Tildor, training to become one of the elite Servants of the Cr
S.M. Blooding
Apr 30, 2012 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
May 14, 2014 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?”
Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First Thoughts:
I had pretty high expectations going in. The blurb compares the book to Tamora Pierce and George R. R. Martin's works, which in my opinion gives it some pretty big shoes to fill. So, suffice it to say that I was hoping to be blown away by The Cadet.

And Then:
Alex Lidell did not let me down one bit. The story was exciting and dangerous. The pacing was fast enough that I was never bored, but not too fast as to loose any character or plot development. Speaking of characters, I trul
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
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy Lovers
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Mar 06, 2013 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
Claire Caterer
May 09, 2012 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.

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
Kris Irvin
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
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
Kristina Snyder
Nov 11, 2012 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 ♥
Jan 17, 2013 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!
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I think the three star rating might be harsher than it would have been if this hadn't tapped into overly high expectations. Those expectations did not come from the book's description as "Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin", because I haven't read Martin and wasn't very impressed with the couple of Tamora Pierce I read. But the "smart", "political" and "fantasy" part of the description, especially with military academy -- that took me straight to Sherwood Smith. Any time you hold any book u ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-galley
What to say about this one? I liked it. It sated my high fantasy craving and was just what I needed at the time of reading it. The Cadet of Tildor isn't probably a Favorite, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I like the characters. The story is a fun adventure, full of swordplay and some magic. There's a badass mage wolf in it. (Mage animals alone is pretty much enough reason to read anything, right?) Also, if you're looking for a book without a love story, this is it (though there are a couple of cr ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know much about THE CADET OF TILDOR before hosting a feature on my blog several months ago. But by the time I found myself in the blog tour, I had educated myself instead of educating myself on things that I should have been studying. A girl training to be a Servant of the Crown, medieval fantasy, mages and cage fighting, brooding boys (yes, ladies and gentlemen, I love a brooding boy occasionally).

Beyond what you might find in the synopsis, THE CADET OF TILDOR is the story of a girl fi
Shae McDaniel
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh. My. Stars.

I have had this book on my shelf for YEARS. I picked it up because of word of mouth buzz and never got around to reading it. I had no expectations when I finally did start, but then... wow. WOW.

This book is Romanesque fantasy, complete with an academy for soldiers, a gladiator pit, crime families, a young king, and magic. The main character, Renee, wants more than anything to be a Servant of the Crown, basically an elite soldier. Her father gives her an ultimatum--leave school and
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Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANN ...more

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