So the very first Class of 2K13 author to release this year is Alex Lidell, with her YA fantasy, the CADET OF TILDOR!
Here's a review I wrote a while back after reading an advanced copy:
This is the best fantasy novel I’ve read in a while. It has all the things you’d expect from a good fantasy, mages, sword fights, royal intrigue, and plenty of plot twists. It also has a kick-ass MC, Renee. What sets it apart for me is that Renee has flaws, which makes her relatable to the reader. In the beginning of the book, she’s stubborn and willful and only sees the world in black and white. This allows for her character to grow through the book, giving her depth. She never loses her willfulness, but begins to see the complexities of her situation and begins to understand that not everything is black and white. I love when an MC not only goes on a journey, but also grows as a character.
I also found the lack of romance refreshing. That’s not to say the Renee isn’t attracted to good looking men (she is sixteen after all) but the plot doesn’t fall into the all too common YA romance formula. I also like how Renee wants to be treated like her male counterparts, and ultimately is, including being trained, bruised, and battered.
If you want to check out more reviews, THE CADET OF TILDOR is on Goodreads. You can also enter to win a giveaway!
THE CADET OF TILDOR releases tomorrow, Jan 10th!