There's also a couple giveaways for this one, and a special one for teachers/educators! So keep an eye out for that at the end of this post :)
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.
There is a TOTAL Song of the Lionness-Alana-Protector of the Small-Kel Tamora Pierce vibe going on here which is amazing! Tamora Pierce's Tortall books are among my longtime favourites, and if The Cadet of Tildor is anything like them then it will be a new favourite for sure! And the cover is pretty cool as well- definitely distinctive which I like! Plus there's a slight Robin Hood vibe with the idea of taking the law into your own hands.
Now, this one isn't being released until January 10, 2013 which means we have a LONG wait ahead of us, but I for one am going to be reading this one as soon as I'm able to! And it also means that this is one of my most anticipated books for 2013- it JUST makes the cut for 2013 but it's an early release :)
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The first is a swag bag including a dog tag necklace, zipper pouch, and 3 port 2.0 USB hub!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
The second prize is open to teachers/educators only and includes laminated and scratch off vocabulary cards featuring SAT words used in The Cadet of Tildor! 25 each of laminated words cards, definition cards, and scratch cards = 75 cards total.
Good luck & let me know what you think of the cover/book in the comment section :)