The Shadows between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Format: ARC provided by Fierce Reads
Top 3 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys!! Have you heard about the latest Tricia Levenseller book that just came out? As someone who really enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King and Warrior of the Wild (my favorite!), I could not miss it! And without surprise, I really enjoyed it 😉 But let me tell you a bit more about it!
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
A new Queen shall rise
There is one thing I loved in all of Tricia’s books I’ve read: her female characters. And it is the case here again!
In this fantasy world, we have a king, a court, nobles and of course subdued women. All? No! Alessandra has decided that women should have the same right as men and that she would become Queen to make it happen. You go, girl! I really liked that the author sent a feminist message through her character, especially when it comes to women’s sexuality and how they are judged for it. It was also really modern if I can say that other male characters were defending this perspective too. You go, dude! So even if it was fantasy, it was feminist, like all of Tricia books really (and a reason why I love them and her characters!).
We also have a bit of magic, with the king shadows, and I’m all for it! I wish we had more on why only him seems to have magic and if there could be other forms of magic in this world, but it was explained enough that you would accept the King had this shadow magic at least! It was really an interesting concept (won’t explain too much to avoid spoilers) and definitely a big part of the plot! Loved it!
Bad …meets Bad
The more original aspect of this book, if I can say, is that the characters are not really…good. On one side we have Alessandra, who killed her first love and want to seduce and kill the king. She is not afraid to use and manipulate others to get to her objectives. Through the book though, we discover also a soft side in her, a feminist one that makes her a bit less narcissistic. And she might not be insensitive to love.
On the other side, we have the Shadow King, who simply wants to rule forever. And conquer the world. He won’t hesitate one second to kill someone who disappointed him, especially when it comes to servants. And still, he shows Alessandra another side of him, that he could make her an equal afterall.
They could be quite a destructive couple, if not for their common goal for power. Whether they are kind or cruel, that’s always their final objective. So it’s a good thing they want it both… and have a relationship to build on that haha!
Honestly, I loved them both, and how we saw their relationship being built and endangered… maybe I just found that in the end, they became a bit too good? Where are their dark sides from the beginning? But really, the only reproach I want to make for this book!
In a few words
Strong female leads, some magic and complicated romance… typical of Tricia’s style! Totally recommend for a quick fantasy read 😉
See you for a cup!