Title: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publishing Date: February 25, 2020
Age Category & 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?
➝ Sum it up in points!
✔ ambitious, deadly noblewoman
✔ young king encased in shadows
✔ fake dating trope
✔ political danger, familial terror
✔ positive sexual activeness
✔ wholesome female friendships
The Shadows Between Us throws the most beautiful light on a formidable young woman who is determined to marry the king, kill him and take the throne for herself. With an exciting storyline filled with a mystery to solve surrounding the death of the young king’s parents and this noblewoman’s committed fumbles, the plot is bound to keep a reader by the edge of their seat. From political conspiracies to surprising revelations, the main characters are synchronised with the side characters to perfectly execute the scenes. Several societal themes like misogyny, patriarchy, and sexism is brought to the forefront for the female protagonist to flawlessly exercise against the preconceived notions and pave the way for progressive attitudes. Overall, a definitive recommendation for those who wish to witness a commendable romantic association that starts with a fake relationship build-up but soon makes the readers swoon for this ship to sail in the midst of all shadows.
➝ Trigger Warnings
✔ murder, blood
✔ psychotic love
✔ witnessing death of loved one
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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 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, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.