by Alex Lidell
Available on Jan 10, 2013
Amazon * Goodreads
Having already survived six years at Tildor's top military academy, sixteen-year-old Renee De Winter is determined to graduate, training day and night to compete with her male classmates. When the boys overpower
her parries, she works harder. When a bully sabotages her gear, she ﬁghts without it. But when an underground crime group captures her mentor for its illegal gladiatorial games, she must choose between her career and her conscience. Determined to penetrate the group's inner circles, Renee will leap from academia to the crime ﬁlled streets, pick up a sword, and weigh law against loyalty.
Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). Alex started writing at 2 am.
2 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. CADET is upcoming from Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin) on January, 10, 2013.
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.
Alex would love to see THE CADET OF TILDOR in the classroom and is working on developing teacher guides for the novel. She enjoys “e-meeting” both students and educators.
Alex is represented by the amazing Leigh Feldman of Writers House. King Lysian, the Crown of Tildor, owes his life to the awesome editor Jess Garrison at Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin.
* The Three Musketeers was originally written in french, however the high quality russian translation has made the novel more popular in Russia than anywhere else. Having read the book in english, russian and french, Alex agrees with the general consensus.
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