The Shadows Between Us
By Tricia Levenseller
Title: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Pub. Date: February 25th, 2020
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 knew from the moment I read the synopsis that I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t know that I was going to love this book. From the first line to the final moments I. Was. Hooked. Levenseller is an author I’ve read before, and while I have liked her previous works, The Shadows Between Us might have solidified her as an auto buy author for me.
Alessandra is cunning, ruthless, sexually liberated, and a girl who doesn’t take no for an answer. The Shadow King, Kallias, is secretive, powerful, and just as ambitious as Alessandra in his own ways. The dynamic between these two was electric! I’m someone who is a complete sucker for an enemies to lovers trope and this is one of the most well written examples of that trope I can think of. They are both using each other for their own gain, but come together despite their initial reservations. Aside from the main characters there’s a large cast of side characters who actually have their own arcs and purposes. I personally loved to see the arcs of Alessandra’s female companions and how they go from trying to copy her to gain the King’s fortune to becoming their own people and discovering love for themselves.
While I was pretty easily able to guess who the villains were I found the plot enjoyable, and Levenseller was actually able to pull off a pretty interesting plot twist. The pacing to me did feel a bit off at times with some plot points being glossed over and others taking almost too much time, but those are just minor complaints. I really enjoyed reading this book–I actually managed to finish it in about three hours–and while I’m dying to get more of these characters, I am so glad this is a stand alone. I’m so used to massive fantasy series that this book seems like a breath of fresh air in an over saturated market.
I really enjoyed this novel! It didn’t take a lot of brain power, I was able to finish it quickly, and it entertained me from start to finish. I give The Shadows Between Us five out of five stars for being one of the best stand alone fantasy novels I’ve read in recent years, and I highly recommend it to all fans of YA/NA fantasy.
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