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Audiobook Review: The Shadows Between Us

Published February 25th 2020

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Narrator: Caitlin Davies

Audiobook Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”

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?

The Shadows Between Us is my fourth read by Tricia Levenseller, who has firmly become a go-to author for me as I greatly enjoyed all four and cannot wait to read more. Each story is unique yet contains a style to tell that it was written by this author. The novel opens with the main character admitting to a murder and it is the perfect introduction to the main character for this story.

The novel opens with Alessandra who has her plan to marry the Shadow King and then kill him. She is on a quest for power and she will do anything to get it. She is unapologetically herself, but she is not cruel. I was actually surprised by her character as I thought she would be ruthless and unlikable, but she was a nice person that developed great friendships. She was a wonderfully morally grey character that was likeable. I loved her interactions with every character, especially Hestia and Rhoda. I loved the addition of her designing her own fashions as she not only had the ability to manipulate those around her with her personality, but she could also design and alter her clothes to fit each situation.

Kallias, the Shadow King, was really interesting as his shadow powers were very unique. He’s made of shadows and is dark and mysterious. He is a great match for Alessandra and the two of them fit incredibly well together. He is being pressured to wed before he turns 21 by his council of close advisors. He works together with others, but knows he needs to keep his distance to protect himself. Aside from his dog, he lives a fairly lonely life. His parents and brother passed away leaving him alone, but he believes his parents were married.

As this is a standalone novel, there is not a lot of time to do full world-building. This story has enough to fit the narrative of the story, but with mentions of multiple kingdoms, I just wish there were more time to get to know the overall picture. The story is fairly simple yet captivating as I did not want to put it down. I listened to the audiobook for this one and I also stopped everything else that I was doing just to fully concentrate on the story. This was due to my interest level more than complexity. It was just an entertaining story that is perfect for lovers of this genre, like me.

The pace of this story is fairly quick and keeps the reader interested from start to finish. There are many predictable elements, but there are some twists that are almost impossible to see coming. For a story about two darker characters, this story was surprisingly light-hearted, for the most part. There are many themes of power, love, and friendship that are all explored throughout and each theme makes sense for the storylines and characters they involve. Each character grows, even many of the side characters, and it was fascinating to learn about all of them. The overall story was another fantastic novel by the author and I honestly cannot wait until her next one releases this year!

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