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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 are sweeping through the country as two warring crime families seek power, hoping to exploit the young Crown's inexperience. Cadet Renee de Winter is in her final year at the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for the elite soldiers in the royal army. Commander Korish Savoy is recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy for the year and soon becomes Renee's mentor. When Savoy is kidnapped, Renee and her best friend Alec suddenly find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political machinations, and struggling to resolve the difference between what they want, what is best, and what is right.
Alex Lidell was a finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Award competition. She lives in New Jersey and this is her first novel.