Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Date published: September 3, 2019
Physical copies of this book was kindly provided by Indigo Books & Music Inc. and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
⤖ My Review ⬻
Going into Serpent & Dove, I had the impression that this book would be something like a mix of The Scarlet Letter with The Three Musketeers and Hocus Pocus (minus the humour). I was expecting more of a gloomy read with a female lead that would be a little “woe is me” about her situation. I was very excited about the gloomy atmosphere I was expecting while dreading that I might find the female lead to be a little whiny. What I got instead, turned out to be so much better though! Louise (Lou) has ended up being one of my favourite characters! She’s strong, independent, ruthless, opinionated, and hilarious! I definitely burst out laughing quite a few times.
Those of you following my reviews for some time will know that I’m not the biggest fan of first-person narratives (with some exceptions). Well, Serpent & Dove was definitely an exception because I think that getting insight into the characters exact thoughts and thought process was very important to how I experienced the story. I feel as if I got to know Lou and Reid a lot better through first-person than I might have through third-person. Their initial reactions to one another (especially Reid’s reactions to Lou’s behaviour and way of speaking) were one of my favourite parts about Serpent & Dove.
Another fave was definitely the romance! The way it was written was refreshing and also quite steamy! And the last thing I want to talk about is the overall storyline itself! I really liked learning about the witches and the hunters, and I loved how the story kept me on my toes, never knowing what to expect. The sequel is a must-read for me, and I might actually re-read this book or audiobook it closer to the sequel’s release date (which I almost never do)!
⤖ About the Author ⬻
Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddlers, two dogs, and one cat.
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