The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 25th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

I loved The Shadows Between Us. I’m finding that Tricia Levenseller is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The way she writes chemistry between characters is amazing.

So I loved the characters in the story. Alessandra is by far one of my favorites. She’s so unapologetically herself. She’s smart and unafraid to use anything to get what she wants. She’s such a strong female and doesn’t let what roles are expected of women to confine her. She explores her sexuality and speaks her mind. Giving advice on political matters in a very direct unbashful way.

Kallias is The Shadow King, ruler of the kingdom due to the tragic murder of his parents. He keeps people arms length away because of this as he continues to hunt their killers. Who he knows are closer than anyone thinks.

The relationship between Alessandra and Kallias is great. Not even in the romantic aspect but by the fact they treat one another as equals. Kallias respects Alessandra’s inputs and as they learn more about one another he is supportive of things that she would normally have to hide. The romantic side though the chemistry is definitely crackling between the two and it was a lot of fun to read.

I liked the plot. Alessandra’s whole intention is to get herself entrench in Kallias confidence, make him fall in love with her and then kill him and take over the kingdom. As she carries out her plan we find out more about her home life to make her feel this need to be seen and in control. She also finds a really strong group of female friends and even a group of guys she likes to spend time with. It was nice to see friendship importance so greatly highlighted. They are encouraging and supportive. Plus other plots come to light, the history behind Kallias shadows he uses to protect himself. The world building stays mainly to the castle but it doesn’t make it any less interesting.

I really loved this book and the characters. It’s always harder to talk about a book you love I think. All I can say is go read it.

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Warrior of the Wild, and forthcoming The Shadows Between Us. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

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