Blog Tour: ‘The Cadet of Tildor’ by Alex Lidell Book Trailer Reveal and Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘The Cadet of Tildor’ by Alex Lidell Book Trailer Reveal and GiveawayThe Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
Published by Dial Books on January 10th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 408
Format: eARC
Source: blog tours
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.

About Alex Lidell

Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). Alex started writing at 2 am.

Two o’clock in the morning [2:00 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 future business, your quest for peace in the middle east – or for teaching kids to read – and you know that you can succeed. If you just try hard enough.

Alex’s 2 am project, which she started after getting her Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, was her book. THE CADET OF TILDOR – 2010 finalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (under the title SERVICE OF THE CROWN) – tells the story of sixteen-year-old Renee, who struggles to keep up with her male classmates at a grueling military academy while facing a friend’s forbidden magic and her mentor’s shadowy past.

Although English is Alex’s primary language, it wasn’t her first. Coming from Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school and fell in love with reading when the school librarian put Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA into her hands. Years later, in college, it was another book that re-united Alex with Russian, which she had shunned in adolescence. The Three Musketeers.* Alex thanks both books, and the writers who created them.

Beyond writing, Alex is also a photographer, a horseback rider, and a paramedic. The latter two go hand in hand more often than one would like. She is trying to self-teach herself and her horse to sword-fight.

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What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited for this book as I am?


  1. Grace Lo

    October 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Can I firstly express my love of Tamora Pierce? And how much I love books with political turmoil? And battles? Then it’s pretty clear how The Cadet of Tildor could just be my bread and butter.

  2. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    October 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    This book looks really good! I love a great kick butt female protagonist! And it’s fantasy to boot! Sounds right up my alley!

  3. Grace Li

    October 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Well, if the author is a Tamora Pierce addict, I have to read her book because I’m also one XD

  4. Julie R

    October 15, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    It just sounds fantastic!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Samantha D

    October 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    A book that is mostly action and adventure is a book would love! I never get tired of reading them! Though I really do perfer lots action espeacially fight scenes!

  6. Jen Haile

    October 15, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    When they said Tamora Pierce and George RR Martin, I knew i’d love this! Those are two of my favorite authors!

  7. Inky

    October 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I like the trailer! It’s neat! Thanks for sharing!

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