Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Review: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by: Shelby Mahurin

Release Date: September 3, 2019
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and 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 Thoughts:

When I saw that this book had a romance between a witch and a witch hunter, I immediately was like SIGN ME UP I AM HERE FOR THIS. And turns out that initial reaction was correct because I loved Serpent & Dove. This is a great fantasy world with an intriguing magic system and great characters.

Lou is a great heroine. She is strong and smart and does what she needs to do to survive. I loved her wit and how she never backed down and how she refused to be controlled or told what to do. Then Reid… he is the tougher one. He has been brought up to believe certain things and that is always hard to break, but Lou makes him question things. Lou and Reid bicker constantly and seem to never agree on anything and you know doesn’t help that she is a witch and he is a witch hunter… but at the same time they just work. I loved their bickering and their chemistry was crazy. This book is enemies to lovers done so right. I also have to mention Coco, because I adore her. She’s a great friend to Lou and is just so great. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Ansel. Ansel is a muffin and he must be protected at all costs.

What I love best about this book is that there is no clear cut good and evil. Some say the witches are evil, but we’ve partially gotten there because they have been hunted and burned, so then the witches retaliate. But the Chasseur’s (witch hunters) believe they are good but can’t fathom that any witch could also be good and don’t even get me started on their views of women. So it’s a balance. Neither side is the good side and there are just good and bad people all caught up in this mess. Even our characters aren’t fully good or evil. Lou does some questionable things to survive and Reid really needs to sort out his world view… but neither of them are wholly bad and in the end everyone just has priorities and what they’re willing to fight for and cross lines for. Add on top of this a very intriguing magic system and addictive plot and killer romance and you have a book that is hard to put down.

Serpent & Dove is a really good read and such a promising start to the series. I already miss Lou and Reid and I cannot wait for more from this world.


  1. I enjoy a great enemies to lovers story and this one sounds great with the stellar world building and fun bickering/chemistry between the main characters! Wonderful Review Teresa!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  2. Oh my goodness I am so wanting to read this book and am completely jealous that you got to. So happy you loved this book since I can definitely say I will too now. Thank you for the great review.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews


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