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All art is unstable. It's meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author, There is no authorative active voice. There are only multiple readings. David Bowie, 1995

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Alex Lidell...an exciting new voice!

The NetGalley pre publication blurb grabbed me immediately,
‘Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.’

Two of my favorite authors! How could I not want to read this?
I did and I loved it! Alex Lidell's voice is a gratifying addition to the YA milieu!
All the necessary elements of a complex and fascinating world are present in the Cadet of Tildor.
Readers! Walk in!
The leading voice is Renee, a female cadet struggling with warrior training amongst a mostly male, elitist cohort, with all the baggage that brings.
As her world unfolds Renee must contend with warring groups, a father's disdain, a friend’s addiction, an illegal Mage bond, rescue a hero, defeat a gang and satisfy a king.
She must decide between law and grace, law and friends.
Action and contradiction swirl throughout Tildor and around this particular lead player. Crown, Family and Vipers jockey for key positions in the kingdom. Group suborns and attacks group by any means. Mages, both bonded and non-bonded intertwine in the plots and sub plots.
I can hardly wait for the next installment.

A Netgalley ARC

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