Thursday, January 17, 2013

Giveaway+ Character Run Down: Headmaster Verin (CADET OF TILDOR by Alex Lidell)

 Author Name: Alex Lidell
Release date: Jan 10, 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Tour organized by: AToMR 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.

Alex Lidell ( was a finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Award competition and lives in New Jersey. This is her first novel.
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About the Author
Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 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.
 Character Run Down

Name: Headmaster Verin
Age: 50s
Physical description: 
Get your animal under control, Commander,” said a familiar voice. Its owner, leaner and more gray-haired than Savoy remembered, guided his own horse through the crowd. He sat tall in his saddle and his eyes scrutinized Savoy from head to toe, as if he were a boy caught after the curfew bell. “The mount oft reflects the mood of his rider.”

Quote that really fits this character’s personality:

You should not startle me so.” [said Savoy]

Ah, my mistake then.” Verin pulled down on his tunic, settling it back into place. His forehead creased. “I had been under the impression that I raised a self-controlled military officer and not a wild animal. I thank you for correcting the misconception.” 

Good quality: Shrewd and decisive 
Vice: ends justify the means.

The author is offering the giveaway:

$20 Amazon Gift Card, PLUS a copy of THE CADET OF TILDOR with swag – US
$20 Book Depository Gift Card – International

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