AUTHOR: Alex Lidell
GENRE: Young adult fantasy
PUBLISHED: 10th January 2013 by Dial Books for Young Readers
SOURCE: E-copy provided by author for blog tour review
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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.
I was really looking forward to reading this book when I received an e-ARC for the recent blog tour but I’m sorry to say that I didn’t finish it.
There were lots of uncommon, unfamiliar words used in The Cadet of Tildor. It meant that quite often I was using my Kindle dictionary to try and find their meanings and it took time away from my reading. Some of the words didn’t even have definitions listed which just left me confused. I found myself re-reading sections a few times over because what I was reading just wasn’t going in to my head. I think the fact that I kept having to break off and look for word definitions had a lot to do with that.
I was having a hard time trying to work out the time period that this is set in. The language used made me think it was set in older times but I’m not sure. Maybe that doesn’t matter, especially not in a fantasy book like this, but I would’ve liked to know.
The last thing I wanted to mention is that very quickly in to the story we’re introduced to a lot of different characters and their ranks. I found it hard to process who everyone was and what their role/rank was when they were all introduced at once.
I do feel bad that I have these negative thoughts about the book and part of me wonders if it was just me and my frame of mind when reading. I’m going to give it another try in a few months and see how I get on with it then.
Thank you to Dial/Penguin for my review copy.