Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King, is back with an epic YA tale of ambition and love in The Shadows Between Us, set to be released in North America on February 25, 2020.
DISCLAIMER: Thank-you to Raincoast Books for providing me with an Advance Readers’ Edition of The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller, in exchange for an honest review.
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power: woo the Shadow King, marry him, 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?
Fans of Levenseller’s writing are sure to be delighted by her latest novel, for The Shadows Between Us is a decadent and wickedly addictive fantasy, full of devilishly dangerous schemes, court intrigue, a thoroughly morally grey heroines, and a slow-burning enemies-to-lovers romance that is sure to have readers swooning even as they turn the pages.
“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” – Tricia Levenseller, The Shadows Between Us
In all seriousness though, Alessandra may be my new all-time favourite heroine – if only because the opening pages of Levenseller’s newest book detail her delightful murder of the boy who took advantage of her innocence and broke her heart. From there, her character only gets more wonderful, brimming with sarcasm, ambition, and a determination not to let anyone else – man or woman – define her. She owns her sexuality, and embraces what power she wields as a woman in order to improve her circumstances and achieve her goals. And in many ways, this makes her the perfect adversary for the Shadow King, who is her dark, princely counterpart. He’s arrogant, and he’s dangerous – and he and Alessandra challenge each other in all the right ways. Readers will delight in reading about the Shadow King and Alessandra as the dance around each other and form a dangerous alliance (not to mention a slow-burning, enemies-to-lovers romance that is oh so tantalizing), and both begin to realize there is more to the other than what meets the eye.
Furthermore, the story that Levenseller weaves throughout this novel is equal parts delightful and original. With tropes that readers love to love, like a classic enemies-to-lovers romance, and enough plot-twists to keep readers on their toes, its hard not to love The Shadows Between Us. And, at only 336 pages, Levenseller maintains a steady yet measured pacing throughout the story, giving readers very little downtime between sequences of action, discovery, romance, and intrigue. And honestly, it works – the story doesn’t feel rushed, yet there’s no room for boredom, and the conclusion is both thrilling and satisfying all at once. The only downfall of the plot is the brief, somewhat lack luster sequence of events following the climax, which readers may find sub par to the rest of Levenseller’s excellent story-telling.
Overall, readers will very much enjoy The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. In this novel, Levenseller gives readers a quick, yet entirely satisfying read that will be hard to put down, as they seek to devour the addictive characters, romance, and intrigue-laced plot.