Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I was a big fan of Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King series and I was excited when I found out she had a new book out. This book was different than other her earlier books but just as entertaining.
Title: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Alessandra is tired of being the second daughter, always behind her perfect older sister. She knows what she has to do to get the power she so desperately desires. Alessandra plans to go to Court, seduce the Shadow King, and once he marries her she will murder him and take his throne. Alessandra’s dedication to her plan is unflinching until she meets the King and feelings towards him begins to muddle her plans. Can love derail Alessandra’s ambition or is she willing to give up anything for power?
Review: One of my little weird reading quirks is that I truly enjoy characters that are can be truly bad and with The Shadows Between Us Tricia Levenseller has created a character that is far from “good”. Alessandra is the youngest daughter of a nobleman who has lost his fortune and plans to save himself by marrying off his daughters. However, Alessandra refuses to be married off to the highest bidder because she knows she is better than that. In that way, The Shadows Between Us is similar to many other heroines from historical fiction. However, it is the way that Alessandra is different that made this book so much fun to read. Alessandra murdered the first man that broke her heart and she did it without regret. She also is in full control of her sexuality and has no qualms taking lovers. It was quite fun being inside Alessandra’s head as she schemed and seduced her way into the affections of the King. Yet, Levenslller didn’t let the book rest only of Alessandra’s conniving shoulders. The object of Alessandra’s manipulations, Kallias The Shadow King, was an equal mix of brooding love interest and dark warrior king. The relationship between Alessandra and her royal prize was just fun to read. Plus, Levenseller gets major points for a mystery that while I figured out who was the bad guy I never quite figured out their motivations. The mystery, the romance, and the court intrigue just made this a really fun book and I look forward to reading more from Levenseller.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5