Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Cadet of Tildor Review

400 pages

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.

I love a book with a strong female heroine and this one is no exception. Renee is the type of character I admire, strong and practically fearless although she is also headstrong at times. Renee is able to navigate the noble world as well as the rough and tumble life of cadet training. The other characters all have different personalities that make them memorable and most aren't what they seem to be from the beginning. There are a few romantic interests for Renee but that doesn't overshadow her as a character nor the events going on in this book. Tildor is a place of serious unrest so there is a lot of shady things going on especially in the poorer parts of the kingdom. The world created here mixes magic, intrigue, and war in a way that makes it an exciting and fun read. There is plenty of action and adventure as well as a mystery to solve. I definitely recommend this novel if you like fantasy fiction with a historical feel to it.


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