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Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King, is back with an epic YA tale of ambition and love in The Shadows Between Us

“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?

“Tricia Levenseller’s latest, The Shadows Between Us, is a decadent and wickedly addictive fantasy, full of schemes and court intrigue, and delightful descriptions of food, which I am always a fan of.” ―Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

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Author Q&A

What was your inspiration for writing THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US?

I wanted to write a romance with a bad boy as the love interest. And just to clarify, I don’t mean a boy who is just a player. I mean a boy who does really bad things: murder, lie, steal, etc.; but I realized the only way to believably pull off a romance with a true bad boy was to also make my protagonist sort of evil, too. From there I just put together a bunch of elements that I adore: political intrigue, magic, pretty dresses, Gothic environments, etc.

What makes Alessandra a different heroine from Daughter of the Pirate King’s Alosa and Warrior of the Wild’s Rasmira, and what makes them similar?

Alosa and Alessandra are both Slytherins. However, Alosa has fewer lines she’s willing to cross to achieve her ends. Rasmira is a Hufflepuff, but she and Alessandra would both fight to the death to protect the people they care about.

What reactions/ feelings do you hope readers will get from reading this novel and some of your other books?

It is my dearest wish to empower women. To help them know they can do anything they set their minds to. No matter how different we all are, we are all equally important and have something to offer the world.

Publisher‏:‎Feiwel & Friends (February 25, 2020)
Hardcover‏:‎336 pages
Reading age‏:‎13 – 18 years
Lexile measure‏:‎HL670L
Grade level‏:‎7 – 9
Item Weight‏:‎1.1 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎6.34 x 1.25 x 9.16 inches
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