Book Review: “The Shadows Between Us”

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With morally gray characters and plot twists, Tricia Levenseller’s standalone novel “The Shadows Between Us” demonstrates the impact choices have for better and for worse. (Photo/Fictitious Podcast)

As one of the most complex archetypes, morally ambiguous characters offer some of the most fascinating plotlines. Featuring not one, but two, characters with questionable moral compasses, Tricia Levenseller’s “The Shadows Between Us” dives into the story of a girl who plans to marry the king–then kill him for the throne.

From the first line, one of my favorite introductions of any novel, Levenseller sets the ambiance of the novel. Shrouded in intrigue and plotting, “The Shadows Between Us” follows Alessandra as she executes her plan to woo Shadow King Kallias. In this not-so-Disney-esque book with royalty, Levenseller crafts a plot rich with complexities that, rather than confuse readers, encourages them to read this book in one sitting in order to figure out who murdered Kallis’ parents and how Alessandra’s plan to take the throne for herself will unravel.

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

– Tricia Levenseller, “The Shadows Between Us”

Although Alessandra’s actions add onto her past ones to solidify her status as a morally grey character, Alessandra displays commendable characteristics. Emphasizing the importance of being yourself and relying on brains over brawns, Alessandra demonstrates thorough word and actions how powerful a female protagonist she is.

In this self-described “Slytherin romance,” per Levenseller’s humorous dedication, the intricate plot, multidimensional characters and witty dialogue come together to create an intriguing novel full of twists and turns that keep readers hooked.

As a senior, Kayla Rubenstein spends her fourth (and heartbreakingly final) year on staff as Online Editor-in-Chief, Business Manager and Social Media Correspondent. Wanting to make the most of her senior year, Kayla serves as the President of Quill and Scroll, Historian of Rho Kappa and Co-Historian of NHS, while also actively participating in EHS and SNHS. Outside of school, Kayla contributes to Mensa’s publications and volunteers with different organizations within her community. An avid reader, Kayla can often be found with her nose in a book when not working on an article for The Patriot Post or developing a project for iPatriot Post.

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